When we began planning for the arrival of our baby girl, we knew we were going to be spending a lot of time in the nursery so I wanted the space to be aesthetically pleasing of course, but one that's practical and won't break the bank. To be honest, I totally made fun of myself when I was decorating the room, considering baby doesn't know the difference between paper flowers and wall decals. But it was such a fun way to prepare for our little bundle of joy and thinking of the love that will fill that room brought a smile to my puffy, pregnant face.
The first thing I did was to come up with a game plan and list. I wrote down everything I thought I was going to need, that way when I went thrift shopping, I wasn't feeling overwhelmed and forgetful (something I felt a lot when I was pregnant!) By doing so, I was able to cross a lot of items off my list! Here are some of my favorite ways to accessorize and organize the nursery with Goodwill finds:
Frames & Wall Art
I'm a big fan of wall art so selecting the right piece for her room was important for me. You can either purchase frames for DIY wall art or look for ready-to-hang art with quotes, animals or whatever fits your theme.
An absolute essential! I use them all around my house, and the nursery was no exception. Storing like-items together keeps things very organized and makes it easier to find items quickly. I use the storage bins for stuffed animals, pajamas, pants, sheets, changing table essentials, diapers, and miscellaneous items. Seriously, anytime I see a pack of storage bins at Goodwill, I snag them!
Ah, the book section! I have so much fun browsing for books for the nursery and taking a walk down memory lane as I rediscover ones that I loved as a child. We love the process of building a mini library that can grow with baby. I had my eye on the classic book Love you Forever on Amazon and I almost spent $15 when I found it for less than $1 at Goodwill in Strongsville.
A nightstand or end table comes in handy next to the glider, but don't splurge on one! Goodwill's furniture section is packed with all sorts of unique finds. Best part: most of the donated items are already assembled so you don't have to worry about packaging or assembling anything when you're pregnant!
The perfect lighting is so important for the nursery as baby begins to wind down, Goodwill has a variety of new and secondhand table and floor lamps. I recently bought a Target-brand lamp, brand new with tags with an already assembled shade for $7.
I kept the accessories and "knick-knacks" to a minimum and didn't spend a lot of time or money on these things, as they are not really practical or necessary. But adding a few accessories that have sentimental value can tie the decor together and can be something that you pass on to baby later in life. For us, we love to travel so a mini, pink globe was the perfect accessory. I also use a small ceramic canister for pacifiers or other small items on the end table.
We didn't think we were going to need a clock in the room, but boy were we wrong! Late night feeds, nap times, you name it - you don't realize how much you check the time until you have a baby! Next time you're at Goodwill, look for a clock and take batteries with you to test them.
We were gifted the "big-ticket" items including the crib, dresser, and glider. However you can certainly thrift or DIY a dresser / changing table and a glider or rocking chair.