Well, this was the last stage in my quest for baby space, and my last big project before this baby makes her appearance. As I posted before, I managed to find a little armoire for my girl, but I needed a place to put it, some clothing to fill it, and a crib of some kind.
After serving four boys, I had decided not to store all their old baby stuff, and so have been starting from scratch for this baby, as far as supplies go.
I made some lists of what I would need, measured and brainstormed, and finally decided to make this space Caroline’s corner.
Yes, it is in my room, and yes, that is my closet, full of stuff. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. I won’t show you all four corners of this room. Steve’s cluttered and paper covered office, and the other closet aren’t really worth mentioning. Suffice it to say, we did a lot of reorganizing, filing, and tossing of stuff throughout the room to help make space.
This beautiful chest that the hubby made in college was just too big (and too prone to be covered in clutter) so I ended up rearranging the whole living room to make space for it in there.
Don’t you just love the chain reaction of reorganizing?
This needed to be done, however, because……
…look what I found under all the furniture! Don’t look mom! Ugghh!
I stole this much smaller chest from the boys room, dumped their train tracks, filled it with my fabric scraps, and decided that the top would be the perfect perch for a Moses basket, since I didn’t want to get a whole new bassinet.
So this corner is actually where she will be sleeping the first weeks of her life.
The Moses basket was a gift from the ladies at church.
Now it was time to tackle the closet. It had been way too long since I had taken an honest reckoning of the contents of my closet. I had to ask those difficult questions like, “when is the last time you wore this?” or “do you really think you will ever be able to fit into that again?”
I purged mercilessly and as a result, was easily able to fit my remaining clothing into the boys much bigger closet. The shoes suffered a similar fate. It was very liberating.
Then it was time for the closet doors (which have been half-way broken since we moved in) to be removed. I cracked up when I realized there was still a last remaining piece of the old pink carpet in there, which used to cover all our lovely hardwood floors. Pink carpet! It was a sign.
Once everything was finally removed, I brought the armoire in. I had found another small shelving unit that would fit into the closet, which is currently housing all the unsold merchandise from my Etsy shop. I thought Caroline might like the stuffed animals.
I had also hunted up the smallest pack and play/crib I could find online and thanks again to the ladies at church, was able to purchase it. A few little decorative touches later and we were in business!
It’s cozy, but I think it just might work for the time being.
And it has been awfully fun filling up the armoire. As you can see, I am not too worried about coming up with clothes for her!
So that’s that! Now I can put my swollen feet up and play the waiting game for the next few weeks. Seeing that crib all ready makes me so impatient!