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When you see photos of children’s rooms online, they are usually minimalist and beautiful, with nothing but a few toys and books. Back in the real world, however, babies need a ton of stuff!
What if your nursery is the smallest room in the house? How can you make it look nice and tidy and find everything you need at the same time? Read on for clever storage ideas and ingenious ways to order your baby’s clothes and toys.
Effortless Hacks for Organizing Baby Nursery to Save Space
1) Use a baby drawer organizer in your nursery dresser
A dresser is an important piece of furniture in the nursery because it can hide so many items of clothing, toys, diapers, and other baby items.
But tiny baby socks, hats, and bibs are sure to get messed up if you let them float in a large drawer.
2) label, label, label
There’s no point organizing your drawers if you’re still not sure what goes where.
Even if you have a mental map, will your husband know what is going where when he is putting away his laundry or shopping?
A Set of drawer labels ensures that everything stays in the right place.
3) Sort baby clothes by size
Your baby’s closet can hold clothes of all sizes, from newborns to toddlers and beyond.
Friends and family members often give your baby clothes in larger sizes that they can grow into. And if you enjoy browsing for bargains in the sale, it is always tempting to pick up things at the end of the season that your child can wear for the next year.
Without the proper organization in terms of sizes and seasons, it’s easy to overlook clothing and discover that your child has outgrown them before you have even had a chance to remove the labels.
4) use cabinet dividers (there are some cute options too!)
A set of dividers is the perfect way to organize your baby’s clothes by size. These cute hanging dividers are age-stamped so you can easily see how many things you have for each age group.
An organized wardrobe makes it easy to plan ahead and keep yourself from buying any more 12 month sweaters when you already have more than enough for winter.
5) Keep only a few toys within easy reach
A curious baby can turn a tidy nursery into something that resembles a bomb spot in less than five minutes.
If you visit a daycare center, you will find that they have some self-service toys for babies downstairs and everything else on tall shelves or tucked away in closets.
Copy this method by doing an easy to get one Storage and bookshelf and a small toy bucket downstairs that keeps everything else out of reach.
You can rotate the toys your baby can play with to keep them from getting overwhelmed by having access to everything at the same time.
6) Use an over-the-door organizer
Over-the-door organizers are made for shoes, but these clear bags are also the perfect size for bibs, burp cloths, blankets, comforters, and other small baby items.
For something a little more sturdy, consider a pantry organizer for the door.
These are made to hold spices, but are great for baby toiletries, medication, and bottle-feeding equipment.
7) Keep outfits together
Creating matching outfits takes time, which you may not have much of when you get out of the house quickly in the morning.
This can lead to fathers in particular earning a bad rap by picking out old pants and tops, even if they clash with floral prints!
Hanger clips are a great way to keep entire outfits together, making it really quick and easy to pick a suitable outfit on a busy weekday morning.
8) Separate inventory from inventory
You don’t always have to have access to all of your supplies.
Whenever you open a drawer and have 3 tubes of diaper cream, always check which one is open.
Instead, just keep one tube where you need it and put everything that will be needed for later use in a separate place, like a box under the crib.
Organize baby rooms with limited space
Organizing your baby’s nursery by having a place for everything and keeping everything in place can make your life a lot more zen and can reduce the time you spend yelling, “Where are all the onesies?” to practically zero.
However, if you have a small nursery, there are a few more things to keep in mind to make the most of the limited space!
1) Arrange the furniture correctly
Even in a small nursery, there are different ways to arrange the furniture, so sketch the different combinations on paper to see what works best.
There are some security considerations such as: B. not to have the cot within reach of blinds or sockets.
Also think about the process, ie when you are at the diaper changing station, you can easily reach the diapers and the diaper pail.
Keep these things in mind as you try different room design options to find the perfect layout to maximize space.
2) Use every available space
Make the most of every possible storage option by keeping things wherever there is space:
- On top of the closet – If there is space between the closet or closet and ceiling, add a storage box to keep baby photos, childcare reports and their first drawings.
- Under the crib – Hide storage boxes filled with your future supply of diapers, wet wipes and formulas
- On the walls – Use shelves, coat hooks and rails to keep things close at hand when you need them
3) Hang several things on each hanger
Not enough storage space? You can easily wear three onesies on each hanger if you hang them upside down by the snaps. Use clip hangers for leggings and pants to clip three or four pairs together.
4) Choose smaller furniture
Oversized furniture can make a room appear much smaller than it actually is. Some cribs are four feet long, which is way more sleeping space than your baby will ever need.
Consider a mini crib that has enough space for your baby to sleep and play without taking up unnecessary space.
Check out Rookie Moms’ top recommendations for mini cribs here!
5) Don’t hold on to things
Every few months, take an inventory of what’s in the room and remove anything that you don’t need.
That means gathering up all of your under-sized clothing, the wrong size diaper, and toys your baby no longer plays with.
You can either save them for your next baby or donate them to a friend or charity store.
6) Keep things out of the nursery
If you are short of space, find another place in the house to store things and leave the nursery free for clothes and essentials.
Things to move could be:
- Feeding objects – If you prepare bottles in the kitchen, leave everything in there
- Stock – Keep all your extra diapers and toiletries in a box in a different room
- Old clothes and toys – Store or give away in the attic or garage
- Toys – Keep a few toy baskets in the living room for easy access
Children’s Room Storage and Organization Hacks – Summary
To sum up, having an organized nursery not only makes the room look clean, calm and cute, it also frees up your time as you don’t waste a minute looking for things.
Make a place for everything and add a label so no one can forget where things are going.
If you have little space, only keep the things you need in the nursery.
Throw away anything you no longer need from your baby’s childhood and make sure that whatever you have to hand later is kept in another place when the time comes.
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