We took everything out of the gift bags and put it on the floor in piles where it stayed for a week or so until I could bring myself around to putting it away. I couldn't really come up with a good solution for the organization so my solution was avoidance.
Eventually I figured out the best way to organize everything and I can proudly show you all what it looks like now!
First thing I did was purchase under bed storage for anything that she won't be able to use in the first three months. I have three bins and I separated everything in groups: 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and anything over 9 months. In these bins, I put mostly clothing but I also put in toys and cloth diapers. The bins I bought look like this.
First I printed the image offline and my husband went to work measuring out the full size and all of the individual parts (check out all of those measurements!)
We went to Jo-Ann's and purchased black-out material. They sell it in 54" rolls by the yard for $6.99 a yard (on sale today for 40% off). Since each panel of the curtain is 58" wide, the 54" width is perfect. We wanted the black-out material to be slightly more narrow than the curtains so the white didn't peak out when hung. The black-out material is vinyl on one side and feels more like a fabric on the other. We put the vinyl side facing out to the window, not sure it really matters which way it is hung.
I cut the panel of grommets off from the rest of the curtain and ran a zigzag stitch to keep the material from fraying. I wasn't really careful or neat with this part since I knew it wouldn't show.
Good News---It's Thursday! Have a great day!
Total weight gain/loss: 5.8 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yep!
Stretch marks? None
Sleep: Other than one bad night, sleep has been amazing. I was in bed at 9:30 last night (it was amazing)!
Best moment this week: End of the day Friday---finally having a moment to breathe and collect my thoughts
Miss Anything? Last night I missed alcohol for the first time. I had an overwhelming day at work and I came home and just cried----I could have really used a glass of wine to unwind.
Movement: Nope, still (not so) patiently waiting
Food cravings: I have been thinking about caprese salad all day today, I'll have to get some soon.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope :-)
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody
Weekly Wisdom: Take a breath! It's hard not to feel overwhelmed with work lately.