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Nursery Closet Update {Organization Ideas}

It’s hard to believe it was more than 3 years ago that we wrote this post about our nursery closet. We only made some small changes at the time… but would you believe this post is one of our most-visited posts?! We get tons of traffic here!

Nursery Closet Organization Ideas {Sawdust and Embryos}

We got several comments from seasoned mommies that said something like ‘it’s lovely, but it won’t look like that for long!!’

And I didn’t expect it to! Especially with twins.

BUT! One thing I’ve learned is that it’s sooooo easy to keep things tidy WHEN THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING! And this is why I figured it’s high-time for a closet update! This is what it looks like now:

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Not bad eh?! The content is different (ie bigger clothes, no Bumbos or swaddling blankets), but the concept is the same! A place for everything! Those Dollar Store crates (hanging on cup hooks) have been the biggest game changer. Having a spot for all the little things… socks, hair pretties, hats, swimming suits, etc! And the two laundry baskets? One for clothes that are ‘on deck’ (too big for now) and one for clothes they’ve recently outgrown or have gone out of season.

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The girls love to pick out their clothes for the next day each night before we read our bedtime stories. I would even venture to say this is their favorite part of every day. I’m a plain-jane kind of mama, so I don’t know where they get this fashion-diva-dressup gene. But I love their independence… and that they can reach their clothes!

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And these beautiful moments are only made possible by the rope-light I strung up around the inside of the closet doorway… which is connected wirelessly to a remote light switch that’s located right on the trim!

Rope light on inside of closet doorway {Sawdust and Embryos}

It makes for such a soft even glow, instead of a harsh light coming from one source. I’m actually glad there was no closet light, because it forced me to think outside of the box and come up with something better! (not to mention cheaper and easier)

As the girls became toddlers, one unexpected addition to their wardrobe is TUTUS. Tutus are everywhere my friends.

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We’ve literally been storing them in a pile in the laundry room, and the girls just grab them as the tutu-mood strikes. But for a long time, I’ve been wanting to put up clothespins in their closet… because EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE! And this weekend I finally pulled the trigger. I don’t know what took me so long, because this took all of 5 minutes to accomplish.

Tutu storage ideas in little girls' closet! {Sawdust and Embryos}

All I did was put a thin strip of Scotch Indoor Fastener adhesive on the backside of each clothespin, peel the backing off, and press it onto the wall in a vertical line.

Children's closet organization using CLOTHESPINS! {Sawdust and Embryos}

These are actually surprisingly strong, and could be used for TONS of things… not just tutus! You could use something like this to display your tot’s artwork, or to hold hats or jewelry. Etc!

Children's closet organization ideas... a place for everything! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Now if only my whole house could be this organized! I guess we’ll take things one room (or closet) at a time.

Until then, the girls will be girlifying and accessorizing on a daily basis. All dressed up with nowhere to go!

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Rebuilding an Antique Claw Foot Table

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Hey all, Nick Here! A while back Beth and I acquired this sweet claw foot table from an elderly couple.  (what IS it about antique tables being painted yellow?!) Long ago they had chopped it down from a full-size dining table into this sweet coffee table.  I knew that I wanted to restore it to its original purpose the second I set eyes on it.  Don’t get me wrong… it was a nice coffee table.  I am guessing as low as it set that it was probably modified some time in the seventies. The … [Read More...]

To Homeschool or Public School?

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After I posted about the girls starting preschool, I had a couple friends ask if I would be posting about WHY we decided to send the girls to school instead of home-schooling. We did briefly consider homeschooling, but it never occurred to me that people might wonder WHY we made our decision. Then I realized that, having been homeschooled myself, I might have a unique perspective on this matter. Here’s a little back-story. I and my 7 siblings were homeschooled by my super-hero mother. This … [Read More...]

Cookies and Cream Popcorn

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It’s Meghan back from Cupcakes with Sprinkles, always excited to be here and with another delicious recipe! This month I have an easy one. School just went back and I feel like life is crazy but I still want some yummy treats that don't take a lot of time to make. So, I made some sweet, crunchy popcorn. I may be in love with it. Lets get our ingredients and make some popcorn! Popped Popcorn, Oreos, and Vanilla Almond Bark... So we chop up our Oreos... … [Read More...]

Dining Chairs Transformed!

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Oh man… I know I told you guys I was planning to post the after-pics of our dining chairs by the end of last week. But then I got violently ill, and then it was the weekend. Sooooo. Sorry! I’m better now! And so are these chairs! Do you recall how they started out when we first received this set from my Grandmother?? The mismatched vintage fabric and bright yellow paint is endearing in it’s own way, but it just didn’t go with the flow of our home. And you KNOW I can’t just leave things … [Read More...]

How to Stabilize / Reinforce Dining Chairs

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We’ve been taking it pretty easy around here lately. This summer has been the busiest I can remember, and now that we’re back from the World Longest Yard Sale (our last commitment before my baby is due… in March), we’re just enjoying family time and soaking up what’s left of the summer. I may never make plans to leave the house ever again. Nick recently took a new position at his job, and it means he’s back on 1st shift (after 1.5 years of being on 2nd shift).  This has been a … [Read More...]

Paint & Trim Updates // Dining Room

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One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was UNDO the teal sponge-painting job in the dining room. At the time, we didn’t really have a design vision for our home yet, we just knew the sponge-painting had to go. Like yesterday. We went with this lovely ‘celery’ shade, and it served us well for several years. Since then, we removed the wall between the living room and dining room, replaced our dining table, added a linoleum area rug,  refinished the dining table, added … [Read More...]

Preschool? REALLY?

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I used to be one of those people that rolled my eyes at ALLLLLL the pictures parents posted of their kids on the first day of school. A good week to take a break from Facebook if you ask me… because you’re missing nothing. Well today I’m eating my words, because the girls started PRESCHOOL this morning. As you can see 50% of my small litter of children are stoked. The other 50% is whining about the sun in her eyes. I wasn’t sure how I (or the girls) would handle this big life event, but … [Read More...]

Habitat Home Reveal 2014

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I was all pumped to write this post this morning, and even woke up early to write it while the girls were still sleeping. But then my computer was ungodly-slow, and I quickly went from frustration to my best ugly-cry. So I removed myself from the situation and shut down my obviously-overworked-computer. And now that it’s naptime and I’m back at it? WRITER’S BLOCK. So that should explain why I’m just blathering on and on. Shall we just do this home reveal already? Aren’t we a … [Read More...]

Habitat Reveals {Dining/Kitchen, Boy’s Room}

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Dudes… I’m sorry for leaving you hanging yesterday, but there was just too much content and I didn’t want to rush through it! In case you missed it click here to read about our experience with the GMC Hidden Treasure Hunt. We traveled along The World’s Longest Yard Sale, snagged some treasures along the way, and fixed up/furnished a home for a family in need in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity! We left you yesterday with a photo of the house… still empty and waiting for some TLC. It … [Read More...]