Nursery Organization Tips & Tricks

When it comes to family life, if the thought of organization and kiddos might seem like an impossible combination, then you've come to the right place. I thrive on organization so when Baby arrived, I had to find some ways to cut down on the clutter, minimize the mess, and maximize space.


Enjoy a few of my favorite tips and tricks for organizing a nursery that even Marie Kondo would approve of.



DRESSER

This cream Victorian dresser doubles as a diaper changing station. I usually keep the Ubbi Diaper Pail hidden behind the clothing hamper, but for picture purposes, wanted to show it and its proximity. Keeping it close by the diaper changing area while still “normally” out of view works well for us. I also have kept the Wipe Warmer in the drawer (by drilling a hole in the back of the drawer for the cord) to minimize clutter as well.


In this little tin basket, I keep her diaper creams, ointments, lotions and essential oils which keeps them within arm's reach of the changing station.


These Foldable Cloth Divider Storage Boxes (on Amazon) are the perfect way to organize your drawers and have a system in place to keep them organized. Babies have all sorts of little items, and these box organizers are perfect to minimize the clutter and have a place for everything! They come in a set of 6 and I have 2 sets that I am using already in various drawers.


In this dresser, I keep one top drawer full of diapers (one storage box of daytime diapers and the other full of nighttime diapers). My favorite diapers are Pampers (on Amazon) and Mama Bear (on Amazon) for their quality, price, and wetness indicator and Honest (on Amazon) for being hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and adorned in cute patterns. I also use the storage boxes to hold zip-up onesies organized by size, folded in a way where I can always see what's available.


The other drawers contain the following:

  • swimsuits

  • shorts

  • socks, slippers, hose

  • extra diapers & wipe refills



BOWS

Little girls can never have too many bows. Luckily for my daughter, she already had a running start thanks to my huge collection from my newborn photo studio. I keep most of her bows on this rustic birch tree.


This is the perfect way to display bows as you can quickly find one to match an outfit. It works great for bow clips as well as headbands. I found this originally at Gordmans.

Since we have the drawer space, I actually keep most of her stretchy nylon headbands in a drawer dedicated to just headbands so they are easy and quick to find.


Another way to organize bows is to clip them onto a long ribbon like I've down on the left side of the shoe rack.


If you're more of a minimalist or just need something small, find a cute organizer like this or make your own by attaching chicken wire to a photo frame and painting it to match your nursery.



BOOKS

Books can take up a lot of room. I made these adorable shelves to display some of our favorite books in the reading nook of her nursery. The shelves were originally galvanized metal, but I painted them cream and then added lace to create a vintage feel that coordinated with our nursery.

For one of my baby showers, my friends and family gave my daughter a book with a special message written inside so many of these books are displayed on the shelf or in our go-to reading bins.


When you run out of room on the bookshelves, fill a cute tote or crate with books. We have one tote with books for bedtime and another cute crate of books for daytime. We use these Adhesive Clear Corner Protectors on furniture edges and this wooden crate while E is in the crawling and standing up phase. A word of caution, it does lose it's stickiness if constantly pulled at, so replace as needed and make sure baby doesn't try to chew on them as they would be considered a choking hazard.


We also use these Cube Organizer Shelves with patterned Fabric Cube Storage Bins in various rooms to contain the books and toys as well which keeps clutter at bay.



CLOSET

There are so many ways to make use of good space in a closet, but one of my favorites are these Adjustable Door Shelves. I have them on almost every closet door in the house as I have found what an amazing find they are when space is limited. Because of these shelves, my dresser drawers stay organized, and I even have some empty drawers for space for things down the road.

SAFETY SAM TIP: Keep in mind anything on the bottom rows or within baby’s reach are all free game to baby the second the door is open or take your eye off the prize. So plan accordingly when organizing and keep any small choking hazards or cleaning supplies/medicine, etc. far from baby’s reach.


At first glance the shelves may look chaotic, but I prefer to go with organized chaos! Upon closer inspection, you'll notice I like to keep each shelf organized by category, and as grandma always says, "Everything should have a place, and in its place it shall be found."


On the top self, I hang her sunglasses as well as store her hats and mittens for colder weather.


I keep all of baby's medical needs on one shelf (Tylenol, nail clippers, thermometer, Nose Frieda, first aid kit, etc.).


On another shelf, I keep her extra pacifiers as we had to keep a running collection for a few months as they always seemed to disappear at the most inopportune times. Using a cute clear glass jar is a fun way to contain pacifiers. Everley has loved this muted toned Penguin Wubbanub so much that we keep a spare in her nursery in the event she loses it.


I keep all of baby's medical needs on one shelf (Baby Tylenol, nail clippers, Thermometer, NoseFrida, Baby Healthcare & Grooming Kit, etc.).


I keep all of my Diaper Pail Bags, disposable bags, and travel wipes together on a separate shelf.


All of my extra baby liquids and gels (Babyganics Toy & Highchair Cleaner, Babyganics Stain and Odor Remover, Aveeno Baby Shampoo and Lotions, Aquafor (I use this preventatively on most diaper changes and have avoided diaper rash almost entirely), MotherLove Diaper Balm, MotherLove Nipple Cream, Good Night Synergy Blend Essential Oil by Edens Garden, Baby DDrops (Vitamin D), Bag Balm, Hand Sanitizer, etc.) are grouped on another shelf and far from baby’s reach.


I use one shelf for all of her teethers and rattles as they are easy to grab, and I like keeping them together. Another tip for teethers: I also keep a clear food storage container in the fridge for the teethers that are fridge-friendly so that they don’t take over the fridge or get contaminated with fridge food particles. So far Sophie the Giraffe, SweeTooth Ice Cream, and Piglet teether, and pink bunny rattle gifted to us are still the fan favorites here.