Nursery organization IS possible, rather than just being something to dream about one day. How you select the furniture and organize it is a personal decision and depends on how much you want to use the nursery. Whatever that looks like, here are tips for a clutter-free nursery that enables you to spend more time with your newborn and less time worrying about tidying it.
A secure crib with a safe mattress, a diaper-changing area, and a comfortable chair for feeding are must-have pieces for most new moms. Expanding the furnishings and changing the organizational system can naturally happen as the baby gets older and their needs change.
Of course, there is no incorrect way to organize the space. The main point here is to begin with the basic furniture and supplies you will use. Rather than the room being cluttered, maintain an orderly area that provides the desired functionality.
Keep the Crib Empty
An easy way to maintain a clutter-free nursery is to keep everything out of the crib except the mattress and baby. That includes bumpers, toys, pillows, and blankets.
Doing so will also help to protect your newborn. There is no risk that they might wiggle around in the crib and get into a position where they cannot breathe.
Maximize the Closet Space
If the room is small or you want to make the most of the closet, install a double-hang closet rod to add more hangers for baby clothes. Another idea is to add more shelving to the closet for storing containers of toys, seasonal clothing, and more. To make it easy to find what you’re looking for, clearly label each bin.
Organize Every Few Months
Your baby will outgrow many things within a short time, from certain toys to clothing. Keep on top of what they need by going through nursery items every couple of months.
To make organizing easier, put the clothes into piles, separating them according to what fits, what they will grow into soon, and what is too small. For the outfits, toys, and books they have outgrown, donate, sell, or give them to a friend. If anything has not been used since the last time you organized, that is likely to be something you can part with too.
Choose Multi-Functional Furniture
A smart way to make the most of the nursery is to choose pieces that can do double duty. For example, the crib may have enough space underneath it for boxes or bins.
Also, storage cubes are an easy way to organize shirts, pants, and toys. Consider using matching bins in the cubes to group similar items together and keep the space looking tidy.
Organize the Baby-Changing Station
This station can be either a table designed specifically for changing diapers or a piece of furniture, such as a dresser, that has a stable surface to attach a changing pad. Some parents choose a dresser because a changing table will no longer serve a purpose when the baby outgrows diapers.
Whichever one you prefer, ensure the changing station stays organized by using easy-to-access storage solutions for supplies, including the wipes and diapers. A large basket is one idea or, if you don’t have enough space on the changing area, consider hanging a shelf.
Team Up with a Professional
Our professional organizers understand post-maternity organizing and are happy to help you create a clean, tidy nursery. A nursery free of stressful clutter is one where you and your newborn can bond and create many happy memories.