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How to Organize for Baby and Toddlers

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing Expert and Speaker
October 9th, 2013

Preparing for a new baby can be a daunting task yet it is such an exciting chapter of your life. Whether it is baby #1, 2, or 3, preparation is the key to enjoyment and stress-free days.

I am proof that being an organized mom pays off. I started my professional organizing business when I had a 3 1/2 year old, 1 1/2 year old, and I was pregnant with my third child. My house was perfectly straight and I was sitting waiting for my toddler and almost-toddler to wake up from naps when I realized I could be doing something with my free time – something I loved to do and had a passion for. Now certainly you don’t need to become a professional organizer but I did share with viewers this morning on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show ways to be organized with little cutie pies in the house.

As with an endeavor you’ll want to start thinking ahead. The more you do ahead of time the more you can enjoy the time surrounding your baby’s birth. With a little planning for baby now things will go much smoother later.

If you are wondering how to setup a changing table, take some advice from an organizing pro who is also a mom to three! You’ll have a perfectly organized changing table if you follow some basic concepts.

If you are not sure how to organize your baby or toddler’s closet, there are simple steps to maximizing space and keeping it organized. When organizing a child’s closet you’ll want to set it up so anyone who is caring for your baby or toddler (mom, dad, grandparents, babysitters, etc.) can find what they are looking for.

If you are in search of cute baskets or the latest gadgets and gizmos for babies and toddlers, you’ll find an array of adorable and helpful products at Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. Don’t forget to shop your locally owned baby accessory stores as these stores typically have unique and hard to find items. If your budget is tight or you prefer to recycle, shop your local thrift or consignment shoppes.

Wishing you all the best!

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How to Organize a Baby or Toddler’s Closet

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing Expert and Speaker
October 9th, 2013

If you are starting from scratch to organize a baby or toddler’s closet, consider installing a system that has adjustable shelving like freedomRail. This way you can start with triple hanging (instead of double hanging) to maximize hanging space. The top rod of triple hanging is ideal for clothing to-grow-into and hand-me-downs. The top rod is also an ideal place to store clothing you don’t want your toddler pulling out.

As your child starts to grown and you need more length for hanging, eliminate one of the triple rods but keep the shelf and adjust the height of the other two rods with shelves. A few years later when you even need more length, eliminate the shelf that doesn’t have a rod below it and adjust the other two rods with shelves. Now you will be at adult double hanging which is about 42″ apart from one shelf to another.

To organize hanging clothes group like items together such as tops, bottoms, sets, dresses, and outer wear. Then place clothing in color order (white to black) within each grouping. If you have a clothing set, top with bottom or skirt with top, keep the two together. This will make it easier for both parents and babysitters to find matching outfits.

Uses hangers with clips to keep sets together. There will be no guessing of what top goes with which bottom. To prevent strappy tops or sundresses from falling off hangers use either plastic hangers with cut outs along the top on each side or use slim line velvety hangers. If you are tight on space consider slim line hangers as opposed to plastic hangers. The thinness of the slim line hangers allows you to store more clothing in less space.

To keep the closet organized and labeled for everyone, consider using closet rod organizers to indicate size or season. Most closet rod organizers come in array of fun colors like pink, light blue, green, yellow, and dark blue.

You’ll want to keep a spare set of clothing in your diaper bag for the unexpected soiling of clothing. If you keep an outfit in the diaper bag that is the size your baby is currently wearing, you’re baby will outgrow the outfit with little or no wear. To avoid this, the outfit in your diaper bag should be one size larger than what your child is in now.

Keep a basket or hamper in the closet or nearby for easy tossing of soiled clothing. A shelf in the closet is an ideal place to keep a keepsake box. With a keepsake box on a shelf you can quickly toss a keepsake inside.

To store bows or barrettes consider making a holder. Take a cute mirror or picture frame. Glue three 12″ long strips of 1 1/2″ wide decorative ribbon (spread evenly apart) on the backside of the mirror or frame with the ribbon cascading down. Attach your newly created holder to the wall with Command® Strips (Command won’t damage the paint or wallpaper). Then clip barrettes and hair bows to the cascading ribbon.

Happy organizing!

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How to Organize a Changing Table

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing Expert and Speaker
October 9th, 2013

When setting up a changing table organize it so everything can be easily retrieved using just one hand as the other hand will probably be holding a baby. That means most items will need to be stored vertical.

To store items vertically (upright standing on end, not piles) use containers or narrow baskets for onesies, sleepers, and clothing. If you store these items vertically you won’t need to sift through piles looking for what you want and there will be no piles to topple over. Everything will stay neat and organized!

Use small divided containers or small baskets to store small items such as a thermometer or brush. You may be able to repurpose cute gift boxes from shoes or gift sets.

Also set up the changing table so a babysitter or relative has easy access to what baby will need. This will eliminate calls to you at work or on date night.

Items for Changing Table:
Diapers
Wipes
Diaper cream
Onesies/Undershirts
Sleepers
Everyday outfits
Socks
Shoes
Baby Lotion
Nail Clippers
Brush or comb
Thermometer
Tylenol
Vitamins
Pacifiers
Burp pads
Rattle/small toys
Towels & washcloths – optional
Blankets
Changing pad cover
Camera
Garbage can alongside of changing table

Please note if you have other young children in the household store potentially harmful items out of reach.

Happy organizing!

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How to Prepare for Baby

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing Expert and Speaker
October 9th, 2013

Expecting a new baby in your house? Now is the time to start preparing so you can enjoy the time surrounding your baby’s birth.

Look ahead to your due date and plan backwards. Keep in mind that you may not feel up to doing much of anything when the baby’s due date is near or that you could be placed on bed rest by your obstetrician. Additionally you’ll also be busy in your last trimester with baby showers, thank you notes, and doctor appointments. Once baby has arrived you’ll have sleepless nights and barely enough time to take a shower.

On that note, look ahead to your calendar and your to-do lists to see what is on tap for two months before the baby is due and for one month after. Work on accomplishing these tasks with of the goal of completing them by the end of your second trimester or beginning of your third.

For instance if your baby is due December 1, you’ll want to shop for birthday presents for those birthdays that fall in October, November, December and you’ll want your Christmas shopping complete in September or October. This might seem farfetched but keep in mind you could deliver early or just not feel like walking around the mall shopping when you are 7, 8 or 9 months pregnant.

When you are out shopping be sure to buy thank-you notes and postage stamps to pack in your hospital bag. Armed with these in your bag you’ll be able to write  thank-you notes as soon as gifts are delivered to you in the hospital. Unfortunately your hospital bed may be the only down time you have for a long time to come. (Please note: you can buy both baby girl and baby boy thank you notes – just hang onto the receipt for the return of what you didn’t need.)

Keep in mind the more you do before baby is born the more free time you will have after to enjoy your newborn.

Congratulations and enjoy!

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It’s Time for Back to School and Off to College

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing Expert and Speaker
August 7th, 2013

It’s off to college and back to school time! Every year there are new products on the market and this year is no different with fun colors and fun times. On WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show I was thrilled to share with viewers tips and tricks for back to school and off to college dorm room living.

Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox for kids makes packing lunch fun, organized, and cool! There are two kits to choose from, one for flat lunch bags and one for tall lunch bags. Each kit is modular and airtight to keep items fresh and not soggy. Whether it is a sandwich or salad, these containers rock with cool colors and a Blue Ice pack that snaps to the containers. The containers are BPA free and microwave, dishwasher, and freezer save. You can find Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox at grocery stores and Target for $10 to $15. Print a coupon for Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox.

To minimize searching for sports gear, dance attire, or swim team suits, keep all “activity” wear in one dresser drawer or bin. This way your child is not sifting through regular t-shirts and shorts trying to find his or her soccer t-shirt or shorts.

The Academic Planner is a great time management tool for students of all ages. It provides students with a natural way to literally visual their available time so they can plan and manage it. It puts the student in control by giving them a place on the planner to record their activities and meetings. When they see available blocks of time they know they can easily schedule their studying and assignments. This planner is just any planner, it was developed by a mother whose child was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Executive Dysfunction. You can purchase the Academic Planner online.

If you are college bound, Bed Bath & Beyond offers a dorm room checklist specific for your college or university or use can use their universal dorm room checklist. No matter how well you think you’ve planned and prepared for dorm room living, there are common forgotten or overlooked items. Play it safe buy purchasing these items ahead of time and hang onto your receipt. Consider bringing along extra batteries (for remotes for your fan, TV, iHome, etc.); power strip, 3-prong cord, regular extensions cords, and TV cable (in case you place the TV far from the wall jack), Don’t forget to pack postage stamps and envelopes – you’ll most likely need them at some point.

Vera Bradley’s back to school line at the Heritage Shop Hallmark store on Emmaus Avenue in Allentown was a fun find.  The shower caddy in a number of Vera Bradley patterns goes great with a matching bath wrap and the coordinating pop up hamper compacts nicely and is easy to stash in the car.

For  guys or girls going off to college, Bed Bath & Beyond’s exclusive college bedding kits are a great deal. For $79.99 in-store you’ll get a comforter, pillow sham, sheet set, 2 towels, and a fabric storage bin to put under the bed or hang from a closet rod. I always recommend purchasing the extra long twin comforter and sheets as opposed to the regular length twin. The dorm you are living in this year may have regular size twin beds, but your dorm next year may have extra long twin beds!

Wishing you a happy and successful school year!

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Amazing Organizers from the NAPO Conference

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing Expert and Speaker
May 1st, 2013

I recently arrived home from the National Association of Professional Organizers Conference and Expo

in New Orleans. As usual, the conference and expo proved to be a much worthwhile trip. Just when you thought organizing products couldn’t get any better, they did. Manufactures pulled out all the stops when it came to bells and whistles or reinventing the wheel. I was like a kid in a candy store.

While I can’t share with you all the amazing products I had the privilege of

viewing here are just a few of my favorites.

All Access™ Containers by Rubbermaid
Naturally we stack containers and totes to maximize our vertical storage space but what happens when what we need is in the bottom container?

Rubbermaid reinvented the storage container to give “all access” to all the contents in the stack. The clear side on the container allows you to see what is inside and its drop down feature provides instant access to what is inside. No more moving totes around ever again. The All Access™ organizers are available in Target, Home Depot, and Wal-mart

Pliio™ Clothing Files
Pliio™ is the new filing

systems for t-shirts, tops, and scarves. A thin Pliio™ folding board allows you to fold almost anything in s

econds. With this system store your t-shirts in a drawer or upright on a shelf vertically. You’ll save space and time. Read more…

1″ Stales Better® Finder with Removable FileRings™

Using a 3 ring binder for a project? When the project is complete how do you file all those papers? With Staples Better® Binder with Removable FileRings™ you can remove the outside cover and file just the binding with documents attached. Pretty neat idea!

What’s That Paint – Paint Can Labels

Think outside the can! Keep all your paint organized by knowing the details of the paint. These paint can labels provide you with the pertinent questions to keeping your paint organized.

Home Office Products by Esselte® including Ampad® & Pendaflex®

Double Seal Envelopes by Ampad®/Esselte®
The days of searching for that piece of tape to double seal you envelopes are finally over. The new Ampad® DoubleSeal™ envelopes actually come with a built-in piece of tape for the ultimate in convenience.

Privacy CopySafe® File Jacket by Pendaflex®/Esselte®
Enjoy the convenience of using clear transparent file jackets? You no longer have to worry about sensitive documents being seen by curious eyes when using the Privacy CopySafe® File Jackets. These file jackets have a special printed design ensuring privacy of contents.

EZ Flag Writing Pads by Ampad®/Esselte®
This writing pad is like no other. With the EZ Flag Writing Pad you’ll never need a highlighter again. It includes 25 repositionable see through note strips and 25 repositionable stick on flags for labeling and highlighting. Sheets are perforated for easy removal.

Happy organizing!

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