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February 27th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Baby Nursery Organzation

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If you’re not a first-time mom, you already know that baby’s room can get VERY messy and disorganized with all the diapers, clothes, toys, books, accessories, etc. To keep it neat and controlled, it’s a good idea to have a plan for your nursery organization. Keep in mind that storage pieces are your friend, and the smaller the room, the more you’ll need them! Here are some tips to help you achieve the most organized nursery ever!

Utilize the closet to the best of your ability

If the closet is a decent size, keep the doors open or remove them completely and use the space for things that would normally crowd the floor. In some cases you might be able to fit a dresser or changing table in it, and use the rest of the space for hanging storage or shelving. Most baby clothes don’t need to be hung up, but you can use hanging sweater bags that create shelves for a variety of items, including spare blankets. It’s better to have a dresser with a changing tray on top as opposed to an actual changing table because it will give you more storage options.

Keep things you will use frequently in arm’s reach

There are things you’ll be using every day – multiple times a day – such as diapers, wipes, baby powder, undershirts, burp cloths, etc. Keep these items close to the changing table so you don’t ever need leave the baby unattended or risk them falling off. Keep the toiletries in a small box or bin that stays on the changing table or on a side table next to it. The trash can or diaper genie and the hamper are two other things to keep near. Diaper stackers are useful and do double the work, acting as both storage and décor (check out our diaper stackers like this Alphabet Animals-themed one)!

Small things need small storage

Everything “baby” is itty bitty, and they can get lost in the mix easily. Use drawer dividers for small clothing like socks, caps, etc. and over-the-door shoe organizers for things like shoes, pacifiers, and toys.

Store clothes in order of relevance and size.

Socks and undershirts are going to be the things you change and use the most, followed by comfortable sleeping gowns and footed sleepers. Two piece sets and more formal clothing will most likely be used the least. Arrange these in your drawers with the socks and undershirts in the top drawer, and so on in descending order of use. You don’t want to have to bend to the lowest drawer 20 times a day! Also, arranging clothing by size will keep you more organized. You’ll know that the “this section” is for newborn, “this section” is for 0-3 months, “this section” is for 3-6 months, etc.

Store outgrown clothes outside of the nursery.

When your baby outgrows clothes (it happens fast and often!) store the clothes in a closet, attic, or basement to keep the nursery un-cluttered enough to add new items to grow into. If you don’t plan to have any more children, consider donating them or offering them to a friend. If you have a special item such as the baby’s first pair of shoes or the take-home outfit, make it into a shadowbox to hang on the wall as a nice, sentimental piece of wall art.

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