I don't believe in the diaper bag. I had received two while I was pregnant years ago and I found both of them to be the heaviest things in the world when they weren't even packed with my baby's things! Then try packing them and carrying your baby at the same time. I was practically sweating just walking half a block. Instead, I found carrying a nylon or cotton tote to be the easiest solution. Of course, even as the bag was much lighter for me. Finding things inside my tote was another story.
Enter in the new QuintEssential Mommy baby bag organizers that fit into any medium sized handbag or tote. The Quint Carryall ($44.99) comes in a variety of pretty prints and has multiple pockets both inside and outside of the organizer. The main interior pocket also contains waterproof fabric so spills or wet items don't mess up your beautiful Louis Vuitton or Gucci. Now you don't have to feel the "mommy blahs" of not being able to carry your favorite designer handbag anymore!
The Container Store
500 Stanford Shopping Center (next to Nordstrom)
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Monday-Saturday 9am - 9pm
The Container Store opened up it's new Bay Area location at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto this past weekend. I love organizing things in my home because I live in a condo where we constantly have a need to organize things better for lack of large storage space. I was invited to a blogger preview of the new store last Thursday and was drooling over all of the pretty and handy things that will help me keep my daily life at home in order.
We got a full tour of the entire store which features more than 10,000 organizational and innovative products. My crafty design eye was keen on all of the beautiful paper goods from wrapping paper to boxes for gifts all the way to cupcake liners and paper straws in the cutest colors and prints. I made a mental note to self for Chloe's upcoming birthday party to stop here first for pretty things.
You can't walk inside and not think of something you will need in your home. I dare you! At the top of my list is a complete kitchen cabinet reorg that I want to happen. I want to get nice dividers for the drawers and things for my cabinets so things aren't falling out when opened.
And moms, can we talk lunch? I am due for updating Chloe's lunch containers and to-go cups for the family.
My closet needs some love as well and I know I am going to get a few of these storage items for handbags and sweaters.
If you feel overwhelmed when you enter the store, never fear! I recommend to write out some of your organizing problems and look for key items online at containerstore.com. Then when you visit the Container Store, make sure to talk to one of the experienced associates that can help steer you in the right direction. Even though the store has items categorized perfectly based on sections and needs of your home, you could very use a kitchen drawer organizer for other rooms in your house such as your bathroom. Happy organizing!
I have a stack of paintings from Chloe's PK-4 school year that I just don't know where to store. Right now they are living on my office floor which doesn't help me get to my desk any easier. We've already pasted up her favorite paintings from school on her bedroom wall and there are now a few left over that both she and I can't part with.
My Keepsake Portfolio ($19.99 at Lakeshore Learning) is the perfect place to store all of your kid's art. This large accordion file is a great way to curate their best pieces and save them over the years. It can even fit their larger pieces as the portfolio measures 15" by 19". I love the tabs where you can separate the pictures by year or school year/grade. You can even get your portfolio personalized for free with your child's name.
I'm a huge fan of the bento box to pack kids' lunches because it the best way to have all the little things they like to eat divided up into a cute portable box. These Takenaka Bento Boxes ($29.50 at Harabu House) come in a rainbow of colors that will surely make your little one happy to chow down.
Inside each bento box there is a moveable divider to separate different food. These boxes are microwaveable for hot dishes and are dishwasher safe.
While at Harabu House, I also spotted these Coated Linen Lunch Boxes ($29.95). These insulated lunch boxes are coated so spills are easy to clean. I especially love the adjustable carrying handle that lets the lunch bag turn into a messenger bag or backpack. The handle also makes it easy to be hung from a stroller! There are four designs: pink giraffe, orange daisy, blue airplane, and brown horse.
Sometimes I'm amazed at how fast toys can clutter up all parts of a house, especially a kid's room. Chloe has amassed a huge stuffed animal collection over the last two years. They used to sit all cutely displayed in her bookshelf and organized into little categories of bunnies, bears, and more (thanks to me of course). Now it's constant stuff animal explosions with animals scattered all about the floor and in random bookcase cubbies. To make clean up fast now, I just picked up a few of these colorful Strapping Floor Bins ($16.95 at The Land of Nod). They come in a variety of great colors as well as colorful stripes. I love it because it can add a great pop of color to kids room and hide all the mess. Plus kids an learn to "clean up" by easily throwing all toys into these bins.
Hi Mamas! I know I don't post here as regularly as Coquette but for 2011 this is going to change. I've got a lot of tips and cool finds to share and I'm going to make time to post during the week. Promise!
What does your child's room or your living room look like? A mess of toys right? Pick up a couple of these cute custom felt storage boxes by paper-and-string on Etsy for only $19.75 each. You can choose the color of the box and your favorite embellishment. You can't go wrong with cute monkeys, cupcakes, or owls. It makes cleaning up way more fun!