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I’m awfully sentimental -- I like homey places that feel lived in and loved. I’ll often keep something simply because I like the person who gifted it to me, even if I don’t have space for it. But I live in New York City in an 850-square-foot apartment with two children. So you can imagine the clutter situation that I am in. What’s an urban mama to do? Get organized.

Enter Korinne Kubena Belock, founder and owner of Urban Simplicity, a home organization company with clients from Los Angeles to New York City. She came into my home, walked me through each room and helped bring sense to the madness, one room at a time. Here, I share her wisdom with you.

From the storage space in your children’s bedroom to your kitchen’s drawers, here are 18 steps you can take to keep your apartment with kids organized.

KEEP THE NURSERY LIGHT AND AIRY. “Having a baby can be so overwhelming,” says Korinne, “and there’s so much stuff coming in and it happens all at once. Suddenly you’re forced to look for storage solutions for all these tiny things that are hard to contain.”

1. A changing station full of drawers. This way you can have a place to hold diapers, lotions, swaddles, onesies and much more. Labeled drawer dividers make it easy for you and other caregivers to keep things orderly.

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2. Bookshelves that grow with your kids. Just make sure it’s mostly full of books. Dolls and stuffies don’t sit well in quantity and should be relegated to a bin.

3. Make the most of what you have. Maximize tiny closets with a customized system like Elfa, which allows for double hanging space adjustable shelves. And remember that you can store things under your child’s bed or crib, either with built-in drawer or specially sized bins.

DON'T LET THE TOYS TAKE OVER. “Urban families often live in open floor plans with no dedicated playroom, so one of my clients’ biggest complaints is that toys are taking over their home.”

4. The Five-Pile System. Empty all drawers, shelves and baskets and put like with like. You can then filter everything through her five-pile system: trash, recycle, sell, donate and “put elsewhere.” What’s left over gets strategically put back in bins, stacks or baskets depending on the space.

5. The Six Month/Two Week Purge. Take the toys your kids haven’t touched in six months, and put them in a temporary hidden area, like under your bed, for two weeks. If it goes unasked for, it’s out the door.

6. Stop things at the door. Spread the word that you just don’t have room for that indoor slide or that 4-story dollhouse. And when your little one starts going to birthday parties and bringing home tons of grab-bag toys? Give each kid a bin labeled “Little Things” and when it’s full, that headless Olaf figurine can finally be tossed.

7. Put toys in front of kids. A few open topped bins to sort larger toys like dolls, instruments and trucks can keep the living room looking organized. Labeled, stackable clear plastic bins can keep sets of smaller things like Magnetiles and doll clothes in order. A good test? Korinne says if you’ve got clean up done in 10 minutes, your system is working.

8. Art Supplies: Mobile, Clear, Labeled. As is typical with many city mamas, I am not blessed with a Martha Stewart craft room. Korinne recommends keeping things mobile so your supplies can go from a storage closet to the kitchen table without much fuss. Clear labeled containers that stack are helpful for keeping crayons in one space and glue bottles in another, letting kids know what they have to work with.

ONLY KEEP ESSENTIALS IN THE ENTRYWAY. “Think, what are you currently using, which bag, coat, shoes? That’s what goes here.”

9. A surface catchall. “This can be beautiful and useful, but should only hold the necessities. One pair of sunglasses per family member, one set of keys. And if you have a nanny, this is where you can keep the zoo pass or some petty cash for easy access.”

10. Large bags? Large bins. On the next shelf down, you can use a large basket to contain an assortment of totes, laptop cases and clutches. The rest gets relegated to a closet.

11. Shoe bins for everyone! Korinne says, “Each family member can have their own basket, and you could label them—even little kids can recognize their names, and making them part of the process can really help things.”

12. Create a home command center. Consolidate everything you need to run your home into one area. Pick a spot where you can fit a mail sorter, calendar, catchall, and notepad along with a few file holders so you’ll be able to pay the bills and keep track of your kids’ growing activity schedule without missing a beat. You’ll be one step closer to organizational serenity.

DON'T LET THE PILES PILE ON. Now that my kids are in preschool, my house is now constantly littered with piles of drawings that I just can’t part with fast enough. There is also a large swath of wall in the living room where my children have hung twenty of their favorite pieces.

13. Make a drop bin. Place a bin (open topped and big enough to hold a standard piece of colored paper) wherever it is that the backpacks get cleaned out. Once a week, while the kids are sleeping, spend five minutes tossing what you can. One favorite a month can go in a keepsake box.

14. Display the masterpieces. There’s a way to honor your kids’ work without letting it take over. Find one spot, choose your favorites, and hang those.

YOUR KITCHEN NEEDS A MAKEOVER TOO. “It can take a long time to rethink the organization of a kitchen,” says Korinne, “you really need to focus on how you use the space.”

15. Do a deep clean. Empty every drawer and cupboard and, with her five pile system, get rid of whatever you do not use.

16. Free up prep space. If your kitchen is short on counter space, relocate what you can, like cookbooks and other nonessentials to higher shelves or other areas of the home.

17. For each drawer, a purpose. Dedicate your drawers to specific tasks, like lunch prep or bottle feeding -- it will streamline your prep time. You can also subdivide drawers with internal bins, which will let you know if you’re running low on something or have collected one too many of something else.

18. Open shelves. Stack white dishes or rows of clear glasses work well on open shelves, but other things should be stored in attractive bins or put in closed cupboards.

Photography by Jonica Moore Studio for Well Rounded.

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If there's one thing you learn as a new mama, it's that routine is your friend. Routine keeps your world spinning, even when you're trucking along on less than four hours of sleep. Routine fends off tantrums by making sure bellies are always full and errands aren't run when everyone's patience is wearing thin. And routine means naps are taken when they're supposed to, helping everyone get through the day with needed breaks.

The only problem? Life doesn't always go perfectly with the routine. When my daughter was born, I realized quickly that, while her naps were the key to a successful (and nearly tear-free!) day, living my life according to her nap schedule wasn't always possible. There were groceries to fetch, dry cleaning to pick up, and―if I wanted to maintain any kind of social life―lunch dates with friends to enjoy.

Which is why the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller was such a life-saver. While I loved that it was just 14 pounds (perfect for hoisting up the stairs to the subway or in the park) and folds down small enough to fit in an airplane overhead compartment (you know, when I'm brave enough to travel again!), the real genius of this pint-sized powerhouse is that it doesn't skimp on comfort.

Nearly every surface your baby touches is padded with plush cushions to provide side and lumbar support to everything from their sweet head to their tiny tush―it has 40% more padding than other compact strollers. When nap time rolls around, I could simply switch the seat to its reclined position with an adjustable leg rest to create an instant cozy nest for my little one.

There's even a large UV 50 sun canopy to throw a little shade on those sleepy eyes. And my baby wasn't the only one benefiting from the comfortable design― the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany, meaning mamas get a much-needed break too.

I also appreciate how the Metro fits comfortably into my life. The sleek profile fits through narrow store aisles as easily as it slides up to a table when I'm able to meet a pal for brunch. Plus, the spring suspension means the tires absorb any bumps along our way―helping baby stay asleep no matter where life takes us. When it's time to take my daughter out, it folds easily with one hand and has an ergonomic carry handle to travel anywhere we want to go.

Life will probably never be as predictable as I'd like, but at least with our Metro stroller, I know my child will be cradled with care no matter what crosses our path.

This article is sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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It's been more than a year since Khloé Kardashian welcomed her daughter True Thompson into the world, and like a lot of new moms, Khloé didn't just learn how to to be a mom this year, she also learned how to co-parent with someone who is no longer her partner. According to the Pew Research Center, co-parenting and the likelihood that a child will spend part of their childhood living with just one parent is on the rise.

There was a ton of media attention on Khloé's relationship with True's father Tristan Thompson in her early days of motherhood, and in a new interview on the podcast "Divorce Sucks!," Khloé explained that co-parenting with someone you have a complicated relationship with isn't always easy, but when she looks at True she knows it's worth it.

"For me, Tristan and I broke up not too long ago so it's really raw," Khloé tells divorce attorney Laura Wasser on the podcast. She explains that even though it does "suck" at times, she's committed to having a good relationship with her ex because she doesn't want True to pick up on any negative energy, even at her young age.

That's why she invited Tristan to True's recent first birthday bash, even though she knew True wouldn't remember that party. "I know she's going to want to look back at all of her childhood memories like we all do," Khloé explained. "I know her dad is a great person, and I know how much he loves her and cares about her, so I want him to be there."

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We totally get why being around Tristan is hard for Khloé, but it sounds like she's approaching co-parenting with a positive attitude that will benefit True in the long run. Studies have found that shared parenting is good for kids and that former couples who have "ongoing personal and emotional involvement with their former spouse" are more likely to rate their co-parenting relationship positively.

Khloé says her relationship with Tristan right now is "civilized," and hopefully it can get even better with time. As Suzanne Hayes noted in her six guiding principles for a co-parenting relationship, there's no magic bullet for moving past the painful feelings that come when a relationship ends and into a healthy co-parenting relationship, but treating your ex with respect and (non-romantic) love is a good place to start. Hayes describes it as "human-to-human, parent-to-parent, we-share-amazing-children-and-always-will love."

It's a great place to start, and it sounds like Khloé has already figured that out.

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Kim Kardashian West welcomed her fourth child into the world. The expectancy and arrival of this boy (her second child from surrogacy) has garnered much attention.

In a surrogacy pregnancy, a woman carries a pregnancy for another family and then after giving birth she relinquishes her rights of the child.

On her website, Kim wrote that she had medical complications with her previous pregnancy leading her to this decision. “I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn't safe for my—or the baby's—health to carry on my own."

While the experience was challenging for her, “The connection with our baby came instantly and it's as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl."

A Snapchat video hinted that Kim may have planned to breastfeed her third child. What she chooses to do is of course none of our business. But is has raised the very interesting question, “Wait, can you breastfeed when you use a surrogate?"

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The answer is yes, you sure can! (And you can when you adopt a baby, too!)

When a women is pregnant, she begins a process called lactogenesis in which her body prepares itself to start making milk. This usually starts around the twenty week mark of pregnancy (half way through). Then, when the baby is born, the second phase of lactogenesis occurs, and milk actually starts to fill the breasts.

All of this occurs in response to hormones. When women do not carry a pregnancy, but wish to breastfeed, they can induce lactation, where they replicate the same hormonal process that happens during pregnancy.

A woman who wants to induce lactation can work with a doctor or midwife, and start taking the hormones estrogen and progesterone (which grow breast tissue)—often in the form of birth control pills—along with a medication called domperidone (which increases milk production).

Several weeks before the baby will be born, the woman stops taking the birth control pill but continues to take the domperidone to simulate the hormonal changes that would happen in a pregnancy. She'll also start pumping multiple times per day, and will likely add herbal supplements, like fenugreek and blessed thistle.

Women can also try to induce lactation without the hormones, by using pumping and herbs, it may be harder but some women feel more comfortable with that route.

Inducing lactation takes a lot of dedication—but then again, so does everything related to be a mama. It's a super personal decision, and not right for everyone.

The important thing to remember is that we need to support women and mothers through their entire journey, no matter what decisions they make about themselves and their families—whether Kardashian or the rest of us.

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