Mollie arrived to us on July 6, 2010 at 10:42 AM. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 oz and 19 inches long!
We could not be more in love and can already see the start of our little family blooming!
Thanks for your continued love and support ~Leigh Ann, Matt & Mollie

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Nesting or just a planner?

I recently received a surprise gift in the mail from my friend and author, Stacey Crew. Her book is titled The Organized Mom. Of course, I started reading it that night!

It is truly fantastic..not only does it discuss new baby needs and to-dos, but other house organization techniques room by room, as well. There is a entire section on storage and what goes where i.e. hall closet, guest closet, kitchen cabinets, etc. This is always a battle in any household and it feels so good to have pointers written down!

I have had a multiple days (& late nights) where I have been in total organization mode- I am led to believe it's nesting, but really think it's a bit of me thinking 'Ok, so we're going to have a new family member in this house in less than 100 days and I want to get all this done NOW, not later.' I have gone on total organization overdrive when I was not pregnant...this is nothing new, but the new part is that now I'm doing it for someone else, in addition to me & Matt:)

 After spending some time a while back with my mom washing new baby clothes and organizing them by size/season, I realized there is a still a ton to do for me to feel prepared and organized. Stacey's book has helped me find my starting points and make them manageable. In addition to a new baby, there is just a TON of stuff that will come with that lil peanut & I am quite sure I don't know the half of it! One suggestion was to use an over-the-door shoe holder to store those little baby items and just another place for storage. So happy I have a ton more space, but so far in designated pockets (that have yet to be labeled, but will be!) I have washcloths, bibs, pacifiers, extra socks, and of course some cute, tiny shoes and room for more as any girl would have it!

I came to the kitchen basics section in the book on Saturday that discussed the bottles, nipples, pacifiers, etc and where one should keep all of that. Hmm good question. Hint: near the sink and dishwasher. Sunday, after returning from the grocery store with more stuff, I got in de-clutter mode. Matt and I pulled everything out of our (huge) pantry and started over. Some things got tossed, but mostly things got a permanent home for them that made sense. For example, all canned goods went onto 2 shelves sorted by use/item and that freed up our entire lazy susan next to the sink and dishwasher for baby goods! I didn't even know that much  room existed until I really spent some time sorting.  The new found space is great, but grouping all like items together really makes you see what you have & what you need to stock up on when it goes on sale. Not to mention you'll be that much more inclined to use it!*Any great recipes using canned creamed corn anyone- Why do I have 4 cans?!

If you or I do want to think of this as nesting, then bring it on! With 3 months to go until Mollie arrives, who knows what's next on the agenda! If not nesting, then I just welcome this kind of organized chaos in our house anytime it wants to rear it's lovely head:)


  1. What a fabulous book!! You guys are too cute! Mmm. creamed corn.

  2. I have a recipe for corn pudding that is a great side dish!