Room by Room | Nursery | Tour

Deciding on a nursery theme, idea, look was the easiest thing for us to do–especially once we found out it was a boy! Almost immediately, we came up with the Colorado/mountain/woodland theme. Baby animals, lumberjack plaid, natural wood (or wood-like) elements, and of course a mural or artwork depicting the mountains would all be included.

We decided on this theme early (around the 4.5 month mark) so that we could slowly buy items that we felt would work. We knew that by the end of August the room NEEDED to be completed so that we weren’t rushing last-minute to settle into the nursery. This saved our (my) sanity and protected our budget. Most importantly, thought, it helped to take the stress out of creating a nursery.

The Painting

The first thing we decided on was the mural that we (a.k.a husband) would paint. Thanks to Pinterest we had many options that we quickly narrowed down. This was also the cheapest way to go at $100 for all the supplies. Granted we had some supplies already–paint brushes, rollers, drop clothes, etc. The only things we purchased were the four paint colors (stir sticks and can openers are free at Home Depot when you buy paint), paints pans, and tape. We ended up painting last because in the grand scheme of things furniture, clothing, and lighting are more important than the mural.

Disclaimer: because some of our baby shower gifts were gift cards, we only paid about $60 out-of-pocket.


As for the furniture we decided that we wanted 3 main pieces and 2 “supporting” pieces. The 3 main pieces are the crib, dresser/changing area, and rocker/glider. The crib was the first thing we bought for the nursery. Thanks to sales and our patience, we were able to purchase it at almost a 70% discount!


The second item that was purchased was the dresser that will double as a changing station and extra storage. The dresser that we chose is from Ikea’s Hemnes collection. It is an eight-drawer dresser in “Medium Brown”. There will be a post on the organization of this dresser and the rest of the room on September 19, so stay tuned! This was gifted to us and we gave the purchasers a coupon we had, taking an additional $30 off.

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The final main furniture piece that we got was the rocker/glider. When looking for this piece of furniture, we decided that we would invest a little bit of money on it and eventually move it down into our living room to use for years to come. For a while, we had our hearts set on a reclining glider from Buy Buy Baby, but still could NOT fathom spending about $600 for a cloth glider. Finally, after waiting and searching, we found a reclining rocker at American Furniture Warehouse. It was a brown leather that matched our living room style and couch, for future use, AND it fit with the color scheme of the nursery. Another plus? After using gifted money, we only paid $167 out-of-pocket. Thank goodness for patience! 


For, what we are considering, supporting furniture pieces we were okay with not spending a ton of money and finding deals from either Ikea or Target. Ultimately, we choose the bookshelf and nightstand from Ikea. Both are new to the store and were marked VERY low.

For the nightstand, I wanted something simple with either a drawer or a place to put a small basket. I figured this would make nursing and late nights easier us. For a whopping $10, we found one!


Next up was the bookcase. We went back and forth on what we wanted. Wall shelving, an actual bookcase, a basket, or closet storage. When I found this bookcase for $20, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It’s simple, slim, and has enough shelves to use it as a multi-purpose shelving solution.


Misc. Items to Note

Bedding for Baby Boy’s crib was a lucky find! We were scouring through Babies R Us when we stumbled upon this bedding set called “Little Campers” for $68 (that’s a 72% savings!). Needless to say, it was adorable, inexpensive, and matched our theme perfectly!


The lamps were a necessity, as this room’s ceiling fan is only a fan. There was no lighting in his room, which would make for a bit of a problem for those late nights. We found a large 2 light lamp and a small table lamp at Target when they had their 25% off back to school sales and scooped them up! Our Target debit card also gave us an additional 5% off the entire purchase, which was a nice perk.

The curtains we will be adding are another Target find–I swear, if you shop it right, Target can have some of the best finds! They are blackout curtains and nicely coordinate with the nursery without being too matchy-matchy.

We had so much fun planning, buying, and setting up Baby’s nursery over the last 3-ish months and I was so excited to be able to share this with you all! For parents, or parents-to-be, what did/does your nursery space look like? I’m always curious to see! If it’s on Instagram, tag me so I can sneak a peek! My Instagram handle is @thecolorfulnotebooks


Room by Room Organizing | Kitchen & Dining

Day Three: Kitchen

Next up, our kitchen and dining area! The toughest part of this room was finding a place to put food. The easiest setting up the dining room.

Until now, everywhere we have lived has had a pantry. We decided to make 3 upper cabinets and 1 lower cabinet our “pantry”. The rest would be dedicated to our kitchenware. We, luckily, had a(nother) hutch that we keep our china, some glassware, and extra accessories in.

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Room by Room Organization | Living Room & Entry

Day Two: Living Room and Entry 

After our couch was delivered, I jumped into organizing our living room and entryway. I decided to tackle the entryway, too, because our wall decor was spilt into both rooms. As you’ll soon see, aside from the couch, our room layout didn’t change. The biggest changes can be seen in our main walls and storage ideas.

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SERIES INTRODUCTION | Room by Room: Organization

SERIES ALERT! During the month of July, Thursdays will be dedicated to organizing room by room.

Organizing, in general, can be very overwhelming and can get out of control very quickly. I’ve learned that the best thing you can do is go room by room, starting with the most used spaces. Initially, this might take a little longer, but will ultimately be faster and keep you motivated.

Because I am a visual person, I write down every room and the main areas within that need to be organized. I keep this list fairly general, but feel free to make this as detailed as you want. After I have assessed each room, I will give it a dedicated day.

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My checklist of rooms and what needs to be addressed. After all the sub-sections are checked off, the top room box can be, too, and I know to move on.

In every room, I will organize, quickly wipe down, and determine what needs to be washed, tossed, and thoroughly cleaned. I do NOT vacuum, dust, or clean at this stage, I’ll come back later on and clean as the cleaning schedule dictates. (Click here to learn the schedule and get the free printable!)

Note that some days may take an hour to get through, while others may take an entire day. Regardless, I HIGHLY suggest only completing one room a day so that you don’t get overwhelmed and burnt out. After the room is completed, go do something fun!

I mentioned earlier that, initially, it may take a longer than your standard organization. This is because, if you’re anything like me, items will have traveled and need to be returned to their room, you’ll need to toss things, really clean a few items, or simply just get used to the idea of getting organized. The first room might take a full day, but each room after that should decrease in time.

I’ll get into the nitty-gritty details in the weeks to come. For now, let’s keep this simple. 

  1. Start somewhere. For me, starting with the most used room is easiest because it usually has the least amount of overall pileup, unlike a bedroom or throw space. We all have one of those rooms and for me it’s always the guest room or the office.
  2. Have fun! I blast music like the neighbors want to party or listen to a podcast. This doesn’t need to be boring or torturous.
  3. Get others involved. Once the first thorough organization is complete, I try to organize about every change in season. Being that we move every few years, it’s easier for us to organize thoroughly as we move in. As the one who loves to organize, I tend to take on the brunt of the room by room. There is, however, always part of the day where Mike will go through certain areas (bedroom, kitchen, office, TV console). It usually looks something like this:
    • He’ll remove his trash and/or traveling items. We’ll go through the major areas of concern and decide what will stay/go. I’ll wipe items down and organize.
  4. Take a break. Sometimes there is no getting around being overwhelmed. There are times when I go into a room already overwhelmed, so I’ll set a timer. When the timer dings, I do something different. Get lunch, watch tv, read, go outside, go grocery shopping, etc. I always finish working on the room that day, but taking a few breaks keeps me sane, happy, and motivated.