Nursery organization strategies to keep feeding, clothing, and diapering essentials easy to navigate and make baby care less stressful.
Are y’all totally sick of this nursery yet? With all of the DIY projects and planning and borderline crazy level of organization that went into this space, there was just no way that I could fit it all into one single post. I swear this is the last of it though. And probably the most useful of all.
But can we also acknowledge how ironic it is that I’m sharing an organization post just days after sharing our messy house tour? This is the only room that currently has its act together. 😉
If you missed my earlier posts about the nursery, you can find them all here:
- White Floral Nursery Makeover Reveal
- Nursery Closet Reveal
- Everything You Need to Know to Refinish Hardwood Floors
- How to Paint Interior Doors
- Applique IKEA Dresser Hack
- Nursery Light Fixture Update
- DIY Picture Frame Molding
- Nursery Design Plan
If you’re a mama-to-be (or daddy-to-be), I thought it might be helpful to give a tour of all of the organization I did in this nursery to make it super functional and everything easy to find when you’re stumbling around in survival mode at 3 a.m.
Because seriously… all of the stuff that comes with babies is overwhelming, so if there is ever something I can do to make this parenting thing less stressful, I’m all for it.
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I found this cute metal hamper at HomeGoods that I liked because it had a washable liner, and I love that it’s lidded to help contain all of the funky smells that sometimes come with baby clothes (especially the older and messier they get).
2. Kitchen & bathroom canisters for small storage
I found these ceramic and glass lidded canisters in the kitchen section of HomeGoods that I knew would be perfect for all of the small items that usually get tossed around in dresser drawers.
I used the largest one to store all of Regan’s headbands and bows.
The medium sized one is perfect for storing all of her pacifiers and paci clips (and keeps them in a sanitary place).
And the smallest one was good for Q-tips when they’re randomly needed for cleaning little ears and noses.
3. Tiered fruit basket
This tiered basket was a kitchenware find too, but it was the perfect size for storing Wubbanubs, washcloths, and grabby toys to keep little one distracted and entertained during diaper changes.
I put two pretty soap dispensers in it too for holding hand sanitizer and baby lotion.
We decided to buy new (instead of the thrifted route we normally take on furniture) for Regan’s dresser because I loved the organizational potential of this IKEA Hemnes one that has all kinds of drawer inserts available.
4. Dresser Drawer #1
We are trying out cloth diapering (I’m still pretty intimidated but I’ve been really excited to give it a shot), so I stored cloth diaper liners in this drawer for easy reach.
All of Regan’s medicines, diaper cream, thermometer, and aspirator are in this drawer too to keep them out of her reach when she gets bigger with it being up high along with a container of disposable wipes for quick cleanings. (We have moistened cloth diaper wipes too that we keep in a dispenser and use for changes, but it’s nice still having some of the disposable ones on deck.)
5. Dresser Drawer #2
I stored all of the cloth diaper covers in this drawer (we have 30 total, which is around the recommended amount).
6. Dresser Drawer #3
I put a few disposable diapers in this drawer in case grandparents or babysitters need the option if they’re visiting and pitching in with changes (since cloth diapering might be intimidating for them).
That little IKEA organizational insert is perfect for holding socks and mittens too.
7. Dresser Drawer #4
I stacked burp cloths, bibs, and hats in here.
8. Dresser Drawer #5
I rolled up all of Regan’s swaddle blankets in this drawer to keep them all compact and easy to grab, especially since swaddles are LIFE in this first few months. This drawer is all newborn and 0-3 month sizes of onesies, footie pajamas, and sweet pea gowns.
9. Dresser Drawer #6
I dubbed this the 3-6 month size drawer for pajamas, onesies, and pants.
10. Dresser Drawer #7
These are all of the 6-9 month size clothes, plus a few security blankets that might come in handy.
11. Dresser Drawer #8
We don’t have quite as large of a stash of 9-12 month clothes, so I stored them all in here along with bath wash, spare bottles of lotion, changing pad protectors, extra Boppy covers, travel wet bag, extra washable wet bag (for storing cloth diapers in the diaper pail between washings), Boogie wipes, and grooming kit.
We made this space extra functional by ripping out the old wire shelving and installing solid shelves with space for drawers and baskets. And wallpaper! Because if I make a closet look cute, I’m more motivated to keep it looking good (our linen closet makeover is still going strong for that very same reason).
12. Closet Baskets
I snagged these baskets at Target for holding some of the larger sized play clothes that Regan can grow into. We were blessed with a bunch of toddler hand-me-downs, but we won’t need them for another year. So the baskets have T-shirts, pants, and pajamas in 12 month, 18 month, and 24 months sizes that we’ll eventually move to the dresser when she gets bigger.
We stuck this stack of books on the shelf to keep them in easy reach for bedtime stories. We’re keeping her baby book there too so that we can keep documenting the first years in it as she grows.
14. Closet Drawer #1
We stored extra disposable diapers and wipes in this drawer to have on hand for when we travel or when she’s being cared for by grandparents who want to avoid cloth diapering.
15. Closet Drawer #2
This one’s just sort of a catch-all with breast milk storage bags, baby carrier, noise-canceling ear muffs if we ever have to go out to super loud places, and a few tummy-time toys.
16. Closet Divider Tags
I made these and printed them out on card stock to keep all of the hanging clothes sizes separated and easy to navigate.
You can download a printable closet divider set for yourself here:
This chair sees a lot of nursing sessions, so I wanted to keep everything I’d need in easy reach for rocking Regan to sleep.
17. Side table
18. Nursing basket
I have this little basket I keep beside the chair to hold nursing pads, a couple of burp cloths, lanolin, lavender essential oil (to put in a diffuser and help us both relax), and a bottle of water to keep me hydrated for milk supply.
That’s the grand organization tour! Who knew such a little human being required so many accessories and places to put them all?
But knowing where everything is and having amenities sprinkled throughout this room really does decrease the stress level a whole lot.
Got any other nursery organization tips? Because I’m all ears over here. You can never have too many, right?
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