Category: Storage + Organization

5 genius nursery organization tips, for new parents who could use a Starbucks right about now

Having a new baby is completely life-changing in the best possible way…and, in some harder-to-embrace ways too. (Looking at you, complete lack of sleep.) If you’re anything like me, a house that’s in chaos will make you feel even more stressed than those post-pregnancy hormones will, so getting organized will make a big impact on your mood. To help, I’ve rounded up some genius nursery organization tips that will let you focus more on your baby and less on finding your baby’s stuff. CMP is an rstyle affiliate At top: laundry folding tips | Two Twenty One Related: Eliminate clutter in your nursery...

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6 surprising things you should never throw away, because they make great toy storage solutions

I’m convinced my kids’ toys are spontaneously spawning in the playroom at night while we sleep. Surely I’m not the only parent who can’t figure out where all my kids’ toys have come from. As a result, I’m constantly in need of new storage options. My playroom is lined wall-to-wall with cabinets and storage bins to keep stuff organized, but over the years, I’ve found there are a few surprising household items that I never throw away, because they make great toy storage solutions. Here’s to free stuff that makes your life simpler and more organized. Because, we’re all for that. And...

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5 creative ways to organize your kids’ books in less than a weekend

When my kids were little, their book collections were small and manageable. But as they grew, so did the mounds of books. It wasn’t long before their libraries turned into massive piles that made it challenging to find the one book they needed right-this-very-second. Sound familiar? But there are so many creative solutions for getting your kids’ books off the floor. I love these 5 easy DIY kids’ books organization ideas because they can easily be pulled off in less than a weekend — like, say, when you’re snowed in? Related: Storage solutions for kids’ artwork (goodbye, clutter!) 1. Repurpose kitchenware. A little sandpaper and white spray paint is all The Sweetest...

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7 inspirational 2017 planners to help you own the new year like a boss.

If you’re anything like me, the end of 2016 may have hoping that 2017 will somehow offer something better than where we feel we are now. However that’s something that happens by planning and doing — not just hoping. Which is why finding inspirational 2017 planners may have even more meaning right now than it has in years past for lots of us. There’s nothing quite like opening the pristine white pages of a new day planner to make me feel like this year is going to be totally different and better than ever before. You know, the year I finish that novel,...

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Share a drink with a kaiju, thanks to this awesome Tokidoki x ZoLi collaboration.

We love it when two trusted favorites come together to make a product we believe in — and that our kids think is super cool. Behold this rad collaboration between fashion icon Tokidoki and ZoLi, trusted makers of cool water bottles and food solutions, all free of yucky chemicals. It’s a match made in rainbow unicorn heaven. The limited edition Tokidoki x ZoLi line includes 16 oz. stainless steel water bottles and 12 oz. food containers that are well-insulated and are great for hot or cold foods, so lunch is covered. Whether it’s water, soup, or yogurt, it’s all so much...

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7 clever stuffed animal storage solutions: Our favorite ideas for all your kids’ fuzzy friends

It seems like one of the great organizational issues that all parents have in common is finding stuffed animals storage solutions for those dozens of critters that seem to accumulate out of nowhere. When I was a kid, it was Beanie Babies that started to flood my bedroom, their tiny plush bodies displacing books, clothing, and everything else in its way. Whether your kid is now amassing Beanie Boos or those stuffed animals that actually are, well, animal-sized, the predicament of stuffed animal storage solutions looms larger than ever. So as a first-time mom-to-be, I’m going to be prepared. Which is why I...

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Sponsored Message: An easy way to get your family organized, all with one simple system.

This is a sponsored message from Home Headquarters Kit Parents can use all the organizational help they can get, and now it’s even easier thanks to the Home Headquarters Kit, an all-in-one organization system designed to make life easier for busy families. Each kit includes a ready-to-hang wall calendar, family goal tracker, and meal planning system — essential tools for family organization — plus a family motto board, and even a pen holder. Their free downloadable templates can even be customized to suit the size of your household and your family’s unique needs. Need help getting started? They’ve got video tutorials to get you...

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5 smart storage solutions for your kids’ artwork. Goodbye clutter!

Remember that trippy British kid’s television show Teletubbies? How can anyone forget?! There was a character named The Noo-noo, which was a vacuum cleaner that went around sucking up anything out of place. Well, sadly, I too hate clutter so much that my family nicknamed me The Noo-noo. I’m pretty sure it’s not a term of endearment, but messes and clutter makes me absolutely crazy, so I deserve it. With my kids back in school, I’m already seething with anxiety over anticipation of all the artwork and projects that will be coming home. Of course I want to display all their masterful collages and favorite poems, but everything else needs...

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How to set up a playroom for kids when you don’t have a lot of space: 8 expert tips.

We love the idea of our kids having their own playroom, but not all of us has an actual room to spare for play. Still, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice half your living room or give up your dining room table. There are so many ways to create an amazing playroom for your kids in a small space, whether you’re an apartment dweller just in a home with smaller rooms. We’re thrilled to be partnering with VTech to bring you this post, since their engaging early learning toys blend education, discovery, technology and creativity, making them perennial parent favorites. And now they’ve launched a new line of products, including a clever convertible Activity Desk...

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17 fun pencil cases for writers, book lovers and word nerds. Like us!

We love pencil cases! They’re where we put all our pencils! And pens, and earbuds, and erasers, and… pretty much anything that’ll fit. As our kids head back to school, we’re getting serious about corralling clutter, and if we can do it with flair, even better. So we’ve put together a ton of cool pencil cases especially geared toward lovers of books and writing. Or, as we like to call ourselves, word nerds. And we’re so pleased that this post is brought to you by our newest sponsor Pentel because, hello? What writer doesn’t adore premium quality pens that help you express your own writing style and creativity....

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Decluttering the bedroom night table: Check.

My night stand is a thing of terror — between the glassware, the paperbacks, the cards from the kids, the remote controls, the empty candy wrappers (what? It’s been a stressful election season), the mini body moisturizer samples, and a couple of photo frames, it does not look like anything you will see in a shelter magazine. Ever. So this genius felt bedside caddy is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I can move the magazines, books and remotes in the structured envelope, add maybe a few cards or notes, and — done! They’re off my night stand and...

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7 expert tips for decluttering kids rooms when all else has failed

Let’s be real: kids’ room clutter is the gift that keeps on giving. And it’s not just kids’ bedrooms that are problems — we always find the need to declutter our entryways, the kitchen, the bathroom, the garage, the area around the TV, every corner of every room…you get it. And if you live in a smaller space (hello, city living), the clutter can seem ten-fold. So we’ve been looking for some easy ways to declutter kids’ rooms, which makes for a perfect summer project, as you get a respite from all the classwork and art projects coming home each day. We spoke with Emma Gordon,...

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We heart the new personalized emoji labels from Mabel’s Labels

We all have hearts in our eyes over Mabel’s Labels’ latest design: personalized Emoji name labels for our kids’ water bottles, backpacks, toys, and — of course — favorite texting device. With three designs to choose from, parents can pick the emoji that best represents their child. No, none of them are scowling — that’s just a phase. Honest. And, thankfully, the poop icon isn’t represented in this group. Related: Fun emoji gifts: For kids or kids at heart I love that each set comes with 45 bright and durable labels, so we can add them to (and re-add them to) tons of stuff that our kids have a habit...

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How to create an organized craft space for kids: 7 expert tips to change your world

If you’ve ever wanted to create an organized craft space for kids, whether it’s a whole room or just a small area where they can get their creative on, well we’ve got some fabulous tips for you. After all, I think that as parents, we’re all praying we don’t have an Olivia on our hands who thinks it’s a brilliant idea to Jackson Pollock our dining room walls — we want the artist, not the mess, am I right? Enter Megan Schiller of The Art Pantry, an ace at creating kid-friendly craft spaces for homes and schools. She’s also the author of...

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An honest review of Marie Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy: Does it light a fire or lack a certain spark?

It was with immense excitement that I ordered Marie Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. After all, it’s been a year since I wrote about her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and put it to the test in my own home. Turns out, my post on whether her Konmari method of decluttering will work specifically for parents ended up being one of the most popular posts of 2015 on Cool Mom Picks. I guess “tidying” is a hot topic among us parents. Go figure. As for Marie Kondo’s Spark Joy, while the...

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Decluttering tips from 5 top organization experts: Which is best for you? | Spawned Episode 29

I fully admit that home organization is the bane of my existence. If you’re a hard-core reader of this site or a listener of the Spawned podcast then you know that while Kristen is an avid purger, I’m what I like to think of, fondly, as a Nostalgic Hoarder. It’s like not you’re going to find me one day, buried under 25-year old newspaper clippings, old coffee cans and pounds of cat hair. But I do have trouble getting rid of my kids’ early doodles (they’re so sweet!); birthday cards from every relative ever (maybe my kids will want...

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7 creative, stylish ways to help you eliminate desk clutter once and for all

If you spend as much time at your desk as each of us do, then you probably understand the challenge of keeping it organized. In fact, you might have incorporated that into one of your New Year’s resolutions. (Again?) We so get it. The struggle is real. That’s why we’re so happy to be working again with our sponsor Staples, because they’ve got literally everything you need to ditch your desk clutter for a more beautiful, organized work space. Yes, they’ve got a hundred zillion items (which is why we always walk out with more than we came in for) that include a stylish and very affordable new Acrylic...

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16 of the prettiest modern 2016 planners, to help start the new year with a little positivity.

Is it really almost 2016? And time to look for a brand new 2016 planner? Whoa. Every year it’s like the change in the calendar year blindsides us, as if it doesn’t happen every single year at this time. When will we learn? This year if you’re committed to getting more organized (cliche, we know, but still a good resolution) it can be easier when you start with the right tools, right off the bat. So we spent a whole lot of time tracking down some of the most stylish planners in every price range,  to keep you organized in all different...

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The chalkboard calendar that stays as flexible as you are. Or probably should be, if you have kids.

I’ve been feeling like my house has gotten a little out of control here at the end of the summer, so I’m taking advantage of our new back-to-school routine this week to get started. (And yes, I’m one of those moms with the crazy early school start dates this year.) First step: a family calendar that includes chores, meals, and appointments all in one place. I need it to be flexible, because I know my kids and they get bored with the same responsibilities every day. And, of course, our commitments will change week to week. So I’m absolutely taken with the idea...

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The Konmari Method: Does it work for families?

With daylight savings coming up, I know I’m not the only one itching to open up windows and start spring cleaning the house from top to bottom. So I decided to try out the popular Konmari method of organization from the book by Japanese sensation Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, if a little reluctantly as a parent. All I can say is, this book has rocked my world. And soon will rock my entire house. However there are some aspects that parents should be aware of. Related: The best of the eco-friendly cleaning...

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IKEA Kallax: The best storage for families gets a makeover and a name change

I’ve purchased six Expedit storage units from IKEA for our three-child house, so you can imagine my shock when I discovered that they were no longer selling what I consider their most versatile, affordable, and useful storage solution for families. Turns out that the new IKEA Kallax storage system is actually the Expedit system, with a makeover and name change. Hooray! The furniture looks very similar to Expedit, which is good news for those of us who want to add more coordinating pieces. But Kallax has some neat features for families, like slightly rounded edges to make it a bit safer around young kids, and a more durable finish...

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9 creative makeup storage ideas from sushi mats to candy jars

Confession: I’m still using the not-so-clean plastic Caboodle I got as a high school graduation gift. (Editor’s Note: Noooooo!) So it’s clearly way past time for me to look for some fresh new ways to keep my makeup organized. There are plenty of those lucite cosmetics organizers out there in the drugstores, but I’ve been looking for some more creative, unexpected makeup storage ideas that will give my vanity a needed pop of personality. But of course, it has to keep my stuff accessible too all without making my bathroom look like the MAC counter at Nordstrom. So I spent a ton of time searching the...

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All about that bling: 8 modern necklace storage ideas we can’t wait to try

Declutter. That’s my goal for this week, and I’m starting with my jewelry. Whenever I sort through my jewelry box to get organized, I’m always surprised at the pieces I totally forgot I own, simply because I don’t see them. So I tracked down some modern necklace storage ideas that I really love, from store-bought stands to some simple (promise) DIY jewelry storage projects, to help me get my jewelry out where I can see it. After all, it would be nice to wear more than the two necklaces I seem to be alternating between every day!   Rustic gets...

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Happy New Year, cool moms!

Wishing you an amazing new year full of joy, love, and lots of sleep. Hey, two out of three isn’t bad. Here’s hoping 2015 is the best year ever. Thanks for being the best readers on the Internet. Love, your favorite type nerds, Liz, Kristen, and Team Cool Mom Picks.  Helvetica calendar poster via Yumalum on...

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11 of the coolest 2015 calendars you won’t mind looking at for a year

Is it overkill to hang a different calendar in every room of your house? Because there are so many gorgeous 2015 calendars that I’m struggling to choose just one. Here are 11 of the coolest calendars for next year, ranging from wall calendars to desk calendars to calendars you can use as gift wrap. I say let’s just give ourselves permission to buy as many as we’d like and simply call them pieces of art. They’re all so pretty! Above is Kristina Krogh Studio’s 2015 wall calendar, which combines two of my favorite design elements: black typography and gold foil. Simple yet stunning, it would look...

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Lucy Darling: If you have a baby, we dare you not to be obsessed

I’m in love–with closet dividers. I know, it’s weird, but I am. I don’t derive much pleasure from organizing, but these Lucy Darling closet dividers actually make me want to organize my baby’s closet. They’re so, well, darling. Available in multiple designs, each as adorable as the next, Lucy Darling’s closet dividers are thick, luxe and come in sets of eight from newborn through 2T.  Perfect for baby boys or girls and certainly cute enough for a cool little baby shower gift. However my one piece of advice before you buy is to make sure there is enough clearance between the closet rod and...

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I like big bins and I cannot lie.

We’ve featured no shortage of kid-friendly storage bins here on Cool Mom Picks, but now that my kids are getting older (sniffle), I’m in the market for a little organizational help that’s a little more my taste, like these stylish storage bins from MUNI shop on Etsy. I can always use a few more bins in my life, especially now that school has started, and these handmade linen baskets are perfect. I particularly love the leather handles, which make them sturdier than some others I’ve seen. And the designs are sweet and modern.   Charging cables, office supplies, well,...

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Wow, now that’s a bookshelf.

When are utilitarian storage units for kids the most stunning pieces of furniture in the whole room? When they are these gorgeously original Amsterdam Cabinets from This is Dutch. Modeled after Amsterdam’s iconic canal houses, these 78″ tall cabinets would be the centerpiece of any cool bedroom or playroom. They come in 11 different colors and three different gable designs on top so that you could theoretically have an entire cityscape filled with books. Dutch books maybe?. Of course I say theoretically because at almost $1,300 a pop, this is definitely not affordable design for most of our budgets, but we can dream, can’t...

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11 cool wall hooks to help kids keep their stuff off the ground already.

With back-to-school comes backpacks and baseball caps and sweater and jackets and scarves and WHY DOESN’T ANYONE PICK UP THEIR THINGS FROM THE FLOOR???  (Yes, I just used multiple question marks. On purpose.) If that sounds familiar, I think you’ll appreciate these 12 cool wall hooks for kids I found that can’t wait to hold up their many things. P’kolino’s free standing clothes tree (shown at top) has loads of “branches” that are at just-the-right height for young kids to hang their things on themselves. I love that you can chose from lime, orange, white, or natural to best fit their room’s...

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Put your junk in this cute recycled bag. Now it’s not junk!

Whether your kid needs a school supply pouch like no other, or you want to keep your own makeup organized while traveling, check out this Junk Drawer Pouch, a cute recycled storage bag. It harkens back to the days when every kitchen had a junk drawer that, like Mary Poppins’s bag or Doctor Who’s Tardis, was bigger on the inside. Our pals at Perpetual Kid are always serving up fun ways to do normal things (they’re all over our back to school guide, you may have noticed) and I’m sure you can come up with a ton of uses for this pouch...

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