As you get farther along in your pregnancy, you might start to get the urge to start nesting. Especially after choosing the perfect nursery theme, you’ll find yourself trying to make your home prepared and organized for when you bring your baby home! An essential part of preparing your home for your new baby is focusing on nursery organization.
Nursery organization is crucial for many reasons. When you’re having a new baby, you start to accumulate many items, especially towards the end of your pregnancy. Having designated spaces for your baby’s things can help to keep you from getting overwhelmed.
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Nursery Organization Tips
Utilize Space Underneath The Crib
Using the space under your bed for storage can be so helpful. As it turns out, there is excellent storage space under your baby’s crib, too!
When it comes to storing your baby’s things under their crib, it’s typically best to store items you won’t need often. Ideal things to keep under the crib are outgrown clothes, toys you want to save, extra toiletries, or even clothes in the next size up.
If you want to hide the things underneath the crib for a cleaner look, you can use a crib skirt.
Invest In Vacuum Seal Bags
When I first tried vacuum seal bags, I was amazed at how much stuff I could fit in them! I was also a little suspicious of how well they work, but they have stayed sealed tightly for almost two years!
Initially, I bought vacuum seal bags to store my son’s outgrown clothes in case we needed them for a future baby, but I quickly found many more uses for them! I bagged up my maternity clothes so they fit in the closet more efficiently. Also, I bagged up extra blankets to save even more space.
Another thing that’s great about vacuum seal bags is that they fit perfectly underneath the crib!
Don’t Hesitate To Donate!
It’s easy to collect so many baby items that everything starts to feel cluttered. My biggest advice when organizing your nursery is don’t be afraid to donate things you don’t need or enjoy!
If you got so many baby clothes at your baby shower that you could never possibly use them all, donate the ones you don’t like. Or, if you received a baby product that you know you will never use, don’t hang on to it just because.
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Have A Keepsake Box
Not everything in your baby’s nursery will have a useful purpose. There will be plenty of things throughout your little one’s childhood that are just sentimental.
Sentimental or special items can be hard to find a spot for. This is where a keepsake box comes in handy. I recommend using a container with a lid that you can easily add things to and conveniently store on a shelf in your child’s closet.
When working on your nursery organization, storage bins become your best friend. One thing about using storage bins is that you can’t always see what’s inside of them.
When you label what’s inside each bin, it makes your life easier. Down the road, when you are looking for something specific, you won’t have to go searching through several bins to remember where it’s at.
Have A Bin For Outgrown Items
As I mentioned above, I am a firm believer in donating things you don’t want or use anymore. It seems like I am frequently finding something in our house that nobody uses anymore. That’s why it’s nice to have a designated bin to store outgrown items.
A donate bin is nice to have because it gives you space to store these items until you’re ready to drop them off at a donation location.
Skip The Changing Table
When it comes to saving space in your nursery, the best thing you can do is skip buying the changing table. This will not only give you more room, but it saves you quite a bit of money!
Instead of buying a changing table, you can use a changing pad on top of your baby’s dresser. It works just as well!
If you are worried about losing the storage space that comes with a changing table, I have found that using the drawers of the dresser work just as well. Likely, your baby’s clothes won’t fill the dresser, and you will have plenty of space for storage.
Also, when organizing your baby’s changing area, make sure you keep the hamper and garbage nearby. When your baby is on a changing surface, you can’t step away, and you will need everything within arms reach.
Organize One Space At A Time
When organizing any room, you want to start in small sections. This also applies to nursery organization!
Suppose you can start organizing your nursery with very few things in it (other than the furniture). Then, try to create different sections to organize. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, a breastfeeding station is a great place to start!
Then, you can organize the diapering area, the sleeping area, and even a play area. And don’t forget the closet!
Organize With Closet Dividers
If you have a surplus of baby clothes in larger sizes, closet dividers can be lifesavers!
To use closet dividers, you will put them on the clothes railing according to size – smallest to biggest is best. Then, you just put the extra baby clothes in each section! Closet dividers are great when your baby is approaching the next size up in clothes because you can quickly see what you already have.
Don’t Forget Baskets And Bins
When working on your nursery organization, it’s crucial to use baskets and bins. Every item should have a home in the nursery, and utilizing different storage containers is a huge help.
Make The Most Of The Closet
Closets can hold a fantastic amount of things when appropriately organized. One way to help you maximize the closet space is to use a shelving unit.
When you add shelving, like a small bookshelf, to the closet, it is much easier to stack items. You can store things like extra diapers, wipes, or toiletries, and you might even have room for more things!
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Overhead Bins For Closets
If you have a tall shelf in your nursery closet, use overhead bins like these ones for maximum storage space!
You can use these bins to store extra toiletries, outgrown toys, blankets, and so much more!
I mentioned Spacesaver bags above, but I can’t stress enough about how amazing they are! Any soft item that you need to store shrinks to a fraction of the original size, giving you so much extra room!
When organizing your baby’s dresser, drawer organizers help so much! These organizers help keep things in place instead of scattering them around the drawer every time you open it. This is especially helpful when organizing small baby clothes.
Cube Organizer With Fabric Bins
Cube organizers help store many things! I have used cube shelving to organize closets, and I also use them in my son’s room to organize books and toys.
Using fabric bins in a cube organizer is a must. They slide out quickly, so if you choose to use them for toys, your kiddo can easily access them.
If you hang larger-sized baby clothes in the closet, clothespins are vital for hanging baby pants and shorts. You clip the pants to the hanger, and you don’t have to worry about them slipping off!
Baskets for Stuffies
There is no doubt that your kiddo will accumulate stuffed animals; friends and family love to buy them as gifts! Keep these soft friends in a basket to avoid them ending up scattered in the corner of the room.
When should you start organizing the nursery?
You should start your nursery organization whenever you feel ready! Many people choose to start organizing the nursery once they are in the second trimester, after the 20-week mark.
Another option is to wait until you have your baby shower, as that’s when you will typically get the bulk of your baby items.
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And there you have it! I hope you found many helpful nursery organization tips to help you during this fun time! Before you know it, your sweet baby will be at home in that same nursery.
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What nursery organization tip was your favorite? I would love to know in the comments below!