When expecting a baby, one of the most exciting things (besides meeting them) is setting up the nursery. You can unpack all of those tiny clothes and get excited about spending hours bonding with your newborn upon their arrival. However, newborns require a lot of stuff. There are different types of toiletries, clothing, and toys alongside all of the diaper gear and nursing equipment. While this can seem a bit overwhelming at first, there are plenty of baby nursery organization ideas to create a beautiful, functional oasis you and your newborn will love. To help, we’ve put together some of our favorite nursery storage ideas below.
14 Genius Nursery Organization Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space
You don’t have to run to IKEA or the container store to design the best nursery possible. In fact, there are plenty of easy ways to maximize organizational efficiency in every corner of the nursery. To help, here are 14 ideas to get you started.
1. Busy Some Nursery Storage Baskets
One way to organize your nursery is through the strategic use of baskets. You can use decorative, woven baskets for small toys, stuffed animals, dirty clothes, or anything else. Match the color or style of the baskets with your baby’s room for storage hacks that double as design elements. Then, place them in areas around the room that make the most sense for how you’ll use them. To help you know what’s inside each basket, use bin clip labels. This way, you won’t have to pull each basket out to find what you’re looking for.
2. Get Creative With Your Bookcase
Instead of putting a bulky piece of furniture into your nursery, use picture ledges to create a bookcase. Not only does this offer a stylish way to display books, but it can also make your baby’s nursery feel much less cramped. If you have the space to add a bookshelf, ensure it’s designed as storage furniture. This allows you to place bins and baskets alongside storage cubes and books, thus maximizing the storage space available.
3. Use Vertical Space
If you love the idea of putting books on shelves, consider some of the other opportunities available to utilize vertical space. Essentially, any wall space can be transformed into a storage opportunity.
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4. Put Storage Bins Under the Crib
Items like extra diapers or baby supplies don’t need to take up valuable space. Instead, store excess items neatly tucked away under the crib. You can also use this area to store extra blankets or toys that you won’t introduce until your newborn is older. Alternatively, keep bins in the closet if you don’t have enough space under the crib.
5. Invest in Drawer Organizers
Dividers to separate your drawers are going to become your best friend. Since baby stuff tends to be so small, it can easily become cluttered or messy in a drawer. With organizers, you can separate baby items by purpose and make things a lot easier to find when you need them. This clever nursery storage idea also makes it easy to keep everything you need within reach without digging through cluttered closets or overflowing bins.
6. Sort Baby Clothes by Size
When storing baby clothes in a drawer or dresser, keep things tidy by file folding the clothes. This means stacking them vertically rather than horizontally so you can easily see a little bit of each piece of clothing. To make things even easier, sort your baby’s clothes by size or style. Have a separate place for onesies, a place for sleepers, and a place for dressy clothes to make it easy to grab an outfit in a pinch.
7. Use Hangers Strategically
To maximize the hanging space in your nursery closet, try putting more than one piece of clothes on a hanger. Newborn sizes are so small that three outfits can often fit on one hanger. This is a clever baby clothes hack that can reduce the clutter of an overstuffed closet while still satisfying your storage needs.
You can also put closet divers on the hanging rod to help maximize your organization and make it easy to find what you’re looking for. When your baby is a newborn, hang up all the clothes you have for up to 6 months or one year. As your baby grows, you can take the smaller items out and pack them in storage containers.
8. Combine Baby Storage with Decor
If you have any cute accessories, display them proudly and allow them to boost the aesthetics of your nursery. This can be a creative way to store baby shoes, bows, hats, and more. For example, hang baby shoes from a tension rod or put bows on a peg board.
9. Use a Dresser as a Changing Table
Another great storage solution for a small nursery is to combine functionality with style. Make a diaper changing station on top of storage furniture—like a dresser—to make room for more floor space and streamline diaper changes. Use a large dresser that comes up above your waist so you don’t have to bend into uncomfortable positions, then just top it with a changing pad. You can then put some of the essentials into one of the drawers or utilize vertical space above the furniture.
10. Repurpose a Rolling Cart
If you want to reserve drawer space for other baby essentials, find yourself an old rolling cart and try this genius nursery storage idea. Use a rolling cart to keep everything you need for diaper changes, including diapers, wipes, powders, creams, and a few onesies. If you have extra space, put some nursing supplies or breast pump accessories in there as well so it’s easy to access wherever you need.
11. Opt for a Smaller Crib
Gone are the days of massive cribs that take up half the room. Today, there are plenty of options for much smaller, more economical cribs. This can help you reclaim tons of space in the nursery, which will make your life much easier. Plus, you don’t need something huge, especially if you plan on transitioning to a bed later on.
12. Dedicated Extra Storage Outside the Nursery
Creating room for extra storage outside the nursery is another game-changer for maintaining an organized and clutter-free space. Keep the closet in the hall open for extra diapers, blankets, or toys, providing quick access to essentials without crowding the nursery. Just stick to one extra area (i.e., hallway closet) so you know where everything is.
13. Make Space in Your Nursery With Long-Term Storage
Newborns grow quickly, and you’ll be amazed at how fast they go through clothes. However, clothes are still expensive, and if you plan on expanding your family in the future, long-term storage is a sound investment. Consider packing and storing outgrown baby clothes and putting them in an offsite, climate-controlled storage unit. Although you’ll need to make a small investment for monthly costs, it’s well worth the savings in the long run. Then, you’ll also have a place to put any toys, baby accessories, or gear as your child grows out of them.
14. Store Outgrown Furniture for Your Next Baby
As your baby grows, certain furniture items may become obsolete in the nursery. Rather than parting ways with these items, consider storing them for future use. Cribs, changing tables, and rocking chairs are often expensive investments, and holding onto them can save you money when expanding your family. There are plenty of ways to keep your newborn’s items in good condition, especially when you store furniture in a climate-controlled storage unit.
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