Before we even get into today’s post, I feel like I need to start with a multi-part disclaimer. But, I’ve also had several “can’t wait to see what happens to your living room” and “interested to see how you handle your home once the baby’s here” kinds of comments. Maybe there’s a little bit of both buried in there 😉 And, while I’m not a mom just yet, believe me, my wheels are already turning and today, I’m sharing a few ideas we’re planning to implement when it comes to organizing, concealing, and storing *all things baby* in the main living areas.
*This post is published in partnership with Pottery Barn, one of my favorite home retailers. I try to pick things up semi-often but you aren’t going to see the messes we make regularly in photos. I feel like it will be a while before we find our flow and I can share how we handle the gear (swing, bouncer, etc.
Living Room Storage Ideas The last part of my disclaimer is that as always, this is a judgement free zone and there should be no shame in your baby game! Would you believe me if I told you that in this photo, there was a stack of diapers, a big packet of wipes, changing pad, children’s books, swaddles/blankets, toys and stuffed animals, burp cloths, socks, mittens, and pacifiers? It isn’t always possible (or practical) to bring in large, heavy storage furniture like consoles, dressers and cabinets, but there are ways to adapt without creating an entirely new living space.
And, if you don’t have children, this is still an awesome solution for stashing your laptop in the living room, or with older kids, coloring books and crayons… maybe you knit? This lidded tulip basket (HERE) is a longtime favorite and perfect for a casual toy dump. It’s a great shape nestle up to a side table, chair, or stand alone in a corner. It makes everything feel a little more collected and I think even more disguises the fact that it’s part of the master “baby storage plan” 😉 We love our coffee table (HERE) but storage ottomans are another great option; you can even use small storage ottomans in pairs or by themselves — under a console table, in front of a chair, next to a wall, etc. Stack small boxes Good bookshelf/tabletop baskets aren’t easy to come by and I have an even deeper appreciation for them now. There are a lot of little things I think I want to keep accessible in the family room and I found some stackable lidded baskets that are the ideal size.
Getting the right size is important — too small and you’re spreading all the items out and stashing them all over the living room (how will you keep up?!