Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated December 21, 2021)
A few years ago I became a parent for the first time. As a first-time parent I found myself having to make quite a few adjustments. The least of these adjustments was the fact that a baby takes up a lot of room. I never thought, or expected, that such a little individual could leave such a mess or have so much stuff. Needless to say, this required just a little bit of reorganizing throughout the home.
I quickly found that there is one thing that seems to take up so much more space than practically anything else, and that was bottles. Baby bottles seemed to be everywhere I looked, and I had no real way of knowing how to go about organizing them. It took me a little while, but I was able to eventually figure out how to store these (and other items) in a more organized manner. I still find it surprising, but this was something that did not really take a whole lot of effort, was relatively easy, and seemed to really only take a little more of my increasingly short supply of time. This little investment was later on repaid in an increase of free time.
Begin your organizational efforts by collecting together all your baby's bottles in one location. This location should be in your kitchen, simply because this is the one location in your home that you are going to be spending the most amount of time preparing the child's food. Clean out one of your shelves and dedicate it only to the use of your baby bottles. This is going to provide a central location for the storage of these items. After you have done that, you need to also clear out a drawer. This drawer is going to be used for pretty much the same thing. In the drawer though, instead of storing bottles, you are going to be storing the rubber nipples and screw rings utilized to hold the nipples in place.
Finally, before you start placing the bottles into the cabinet, you should organize them by size. Place the larger bottles to one side, and the smaller ones to another. This provides you the ability to quickly locate the specific size, or type, of bottle that you are going to need. After you have done this, you should do the same thing with the nipples. Arrange them in the order of size, again so that you can quickly locate the items that you need. After you have done this, you are going to be surprised at how well this system works, as long as you are self disciplined enough to keep using it.
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Thank you so much for this wonderful tip! We had twins so double the amount of bottles. And I tried them in with my pots, in separate bowls but they kept falling out and then I tried them with my rubbermaid stuff and that just created an even bigger mess. This makes a lot of sense a shelf for the bottles only and a drawer for only the nipples and screw tops, so simple yet I couldn't think of it!