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Diaper Bag Essentials
Changing Table Essentials
Bathroom Organizing Tips in NAPO News
Basic Organizing Tips

Organizing Mail
Organizing for Children
Tips for Purging


Organizing Video Tip #1: My Golden Rule of Organizing
Organizing Video Tip #2: Shopping Lists 
Organizing Video Tip #3: Out with the Old
Organizing Video Tip #4: Schedules & Baby Bonding 
Organizing Video Tip #5: Holiday House Purge
Organizing Video Tip #6: Babyproofing

Strap on your Mommy Tool Belt and get ready to organize your diaper bag and changing table!

Diaper Bag Essentials  

First, you will need a large bag with many compartments.

Have a good supply of diapers! Ideally, you should have one diaper for each hour you'll be out and having a few extra never hurts! I use Seventh Generation diapers; they don't use fragrances, latex, petroleum-based lotions or chlorine processing so your baby's bum stays naturally happy. This brand of diapers is around the same price as other diaper brands and your baby will have fewer diaper rashes which means you won't need to buy as many other products, like talcum free powder and diaper rash cream.

Pack those baby wipes! You'll need baby wipes for diaper changes, drool, your hands, and other baby messes. Again, I recommend Seventh Generation wipes because they're affordable and one of the most natural baby wipe brands on the market. You don't want to expose baby's skin to harsh chemicals.

Always have a plastic bag to put used diapers in.

Load up two to three burp cloths that you can use as a light blanket or nursing cover, to clean up spit up, or to lay on the changing pad.

Pack a bulb syringe to clean out the baby boogies. To wash your bulb syringe just suck warm water into it and squirt it out; repeat this process a few times.

Have one to two bottles to feed your baby if you're going to be in the car for a long period of time or you're going to be somewhere where it will be inconvenient to breastfeed.

Pack two pacifiers or a 'comfort object' of choice for your baby. My little guy only uses pacifiers in the car.

Have baby nail clippers available to clip those small but wickedly sharp nails when baby is passed out in the car.

Pack one colorful book or toy to use as a distraction for your little one.

Have one to two onsies in case the baby spits up or has a diaper leak.

Pack a sweater, pair of pants, and socks for your little one in case you're anywhere chilly.

Always have a sun hat and shirt in case the baby is in the sun. Hold off on sunscreen until baby is around six months. When you do purchase baby sunscreen make sure it's 'physical sunscreen' (like zinc oxide) that protects against UVB and UVA rays. Physical sunscreen doesn't soak into the skin; it's just a physical layer between your baby's precious skin and sunrays.

Don't forget about mommy's checklist!

Make sure you have an extra neutral colored shirt (spit up colored shirt) to change into when your bundle of joy inevitably spits up on you.

Don't forget your breast pads for those leaking boobies!

Pack a bottle of water and snacks like mixed nuts, a protein bar, etc. You need to stay well hydrated and fed when you're a breastfeeding mama!

Make sure to grab your sunglasses, wallet, and keys. These may seem like 'duh' items but when you're going off of two hours of sleep you should probably add 'put on pants' to your checklist!

Add the stroller or baby carrier as optional items on your list depending on where you're going.

Make a laminated checklist of everything that needs to be in the diaper bag, leave it in the diaper bag, and check it frequently.

Look over your checklist before you leave the house to make sure you have everything. You should also look over your list right when you get home, remove soiled clothes and cloths and replace any needed items to make sure your bag is already fully stocked next time you need to go out.

Now breathe because you have everything you need! Don't forget the baby!

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Changing Table Essentials  

Don't forget the major 'duh' item, diapers! Always keep ten to fifteen diapers at the changing table and have your restock supply close by.

Have a surplus of baby wipes.

Place a baby wipe warmer on the changing table to keep that little tush warm and the baby from screaming like a banshee.

Keep Q-tips and Jojoba oil, or Lanolin, handy to clean the folds in baby's skin. Babies create their own brand of cheese when milk sits in their skin folds for too long.

You'll need a bulb syringe to suck out the boogies.

Have clothes for baby close by so you can change their outfit (if needed) after a diaper change.

Keep washable changing pad covers nearby, preferably something that feels nice on the baby's skin. We use organic cotton burp cloths.

Have washcloths for quick clean ups.

If you have a boy you must have pee pee tee pees to save yourself and your little man from renegade pee pee attacks!

Place a mobile above the changing table to distract your baby. There are great mobiles for babies that have black and white images, cute baby faces, and bright colors and shapes that distract baby and help their brain development.

New mothers should have Lanolin everywhere so their boobies can get constant TLC!

Seems like a lot of stuff right?! It's not too bad if you stay organized by using your checklist, keeping your diaper bag and changing table stocked, and just saying NO to the unnecessary clutter that tries to creep it's way into your life.

Now go and enjoy your beautiful baby!

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Basic Organizing Tips

 *Organize one small area at a time
Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to do everything at once. Progress comes with small steps.

*Take some time every day to organize and put items back where they belong. Even if you just spend 10 minutes doing this you will start to see progress.

*Purge your unnecessary belongings. The less stuff you have to deal with the easier it will be to organize.

*Throw out a few unneeded items every day or have a donation box in an out of the way area that you can throw donation items in. When the box is full have your organizer set up a donation pick up for you or drop it at your local donation center.

*Resist the temptation to buy new unnecessary items.

*Keep your organizing system simple.

*Try to limit distractions when you're organizing. Turn off the T.V., set your phone on silent if possible, and organize when no one else is home.

*Make a To-Do list every evening for the next day. Only write down tasks that absolutely need to get done the next day. Don't forget to add your 10 minutes of organizing a certain space!

*Store items where they are usually used.

*Set up daily routines and make placing items back in their home after use part of the routine.

*Create a family calendar. Have a large calendar in the kitchen, or wherever your family usually congregates, and put everyone's appointments on the calendar. Assign a different color to every family member and write their events in their color.

*Have a family meeting every Sunday where you fill out the calendar and discuss what everyone has going on the next week to make sure you're all on the same page and no over booking occurs.

*Be kind to yourself! No one is ever perfectly organized. Take organizing one day at a time and enjoy life!

Organizing Mail

*Take yourself off of mailing lists to lessen the amount of unnecessary mail you receive. When dealing with emails, immediately unsubscribe from newsletters etc. that you don't need and don't read.

*Have bins right next to your mail collection area to immediately sort your mail. Have a Throw Away, Do/ Pay, File, and Delegate.

*Set aside 10 to 15 minutes every day to handle your mail.

Organizing for Children

*Declutter your child's room. Remove everything from their room that they don't use anymore; old books, toys, etc. that just sit there. You can donate items, throw them away, or store items that are treasured keepsakes.

*Remove all the clothes your children don't wear or need. Donate them if they're in good condition. The fewer clothes they have to deal with the quicker they can get ready and the neater their room will be.

*Put objects into clear labeled bins. This will give every object a logical home that is easy to locate. Keep the lids removed from the bins so it's easier to retrieve and return items to their designated bin.

*Give children a planner so they can write down their school work, chores, and other tasks and events they need to keep track of. This planner can come to the family meetings to help plan the upcoming week.

*Store items near the area where they are usually used.

*Have a bin near the door that your child uses every day to leave for school with their needed items for the next day. Backpack, water bottle, lunch money, sports equipment, etc.

*Organize with your child. This will teach them valuable organizational skills and will allow them to have input on what items they want to keep and where they would logically store those items. If the system makes sense to them it's more likely they will use it and maintain the organization.

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Tips for Purging

*Go with your gut: If you think you won’t use it, you probably won’t. Put it in your Donate box, Consign box, or the trash.

*Be realistic: If you haven’t used an item in the past year, you probably won’t. 

*Don’t save every piece of paperwork: Research says 80% of the paper you file will never be accessed again. If the paperwork falls under the category of memorabilia, treat it as a treasures item and file it as such.

*Work with a buddy: If you’re having trouble parting with items, consult with your buddy during the Purge stage of organizing. If you’re looking at a piece of clothing, for example, that you think you might wear again, ask your buddy for an honest opinion. 

*Be honest with yourself: Just because your aunt gave you a set of coasters doesn’t mean you have to display them. Give them to someone who would like them in his or her house. If you feel emotionally obligated to display them when your aunt come to visit, put the coasters (and other items that fall into this same category) into a box that sits on a shelf in the garage, and take them out only when your aunt visits; put them away after the visit. There’s nothing worse than staring at the item every day if it depletes your energy.

*Pace yourself: Remember to take sufficient breaks throughout each stage of the process. Eat snack and stay hydrated!

Organizing Video Tip #1: My Golden Rule of Organizing

Organizing Video Tip #2: Shopping Lists 

Organizing Video Tip #3: Out with the Old 

Organizing Video Tip #4: Schedules and Baby Bonding 

Organizing Video Tip #5: Holiday House Purge 

Organizing Video Tip #6: Babyproofing 

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