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Who knew that babies came with so much stuff? Certainly not my husband and me.
As you start collecting baby stuff, you will need to become a master at
If your kids are a little older, still check out the tips in this post, but also grab these tips on teaching kids to declutter for themselves.
I’m not going to solve your organization issues by telling you to get rid of a lot of things. However, there is no doubt that it’s easier to organize when you have less stuff. If you want tips on decreasing your things, check out the Marie Kondo show on Netflix or grab her book here.
In the meantime, keep reading for my tips and ideas on how to organize all of the baby items to minimize clutter.
If you want some personal motivation and small steps to get the clutter under control, join my free one-week organization challenge here.
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Pack away things that are not appropriate for your baby right now.
Most things that you have for baby are needed frequently, so you want ready access. However, you likely have some clothes and toys that your baby has outgrown. Pack these away. On the flip side, you may also have clothes that are too big or toys that are too advanced for the current stage. These can also be packed away. I keep a small storage tote in the back of my son’s closet for clothes that are too big. I then also keep a box for clothes that he’s outgrown. Once the box fills up, I move the clothes to space-saver bags.
Maximize your storage space.
Identify where you might be able to store things that don’t need to be readily accessible, and then make the most of that space. If you have a closet, find which size storage tote fits best and then get a bunch that are the same size. By using a uniform storage tote size, you will have easier stacking and therefore, can fit more. I also highly recommend these storage bags. Use these for all of the soft items like clothing and bedding. You can then put them into the storage totes if you desire. If you have a garage to store items, consider shelving or even overhead shelves to maximize the space for totes and boxes.
For large, odd-shaped items, save the boxes.
Many baby items that are used short-term are had to fit into storage totes. For these items, save the boxes. Just breakdown the boxes and store them up against a wall behind a dresser or storage tote. Then when you are ready to pack away the item you have a perfect size box for it. We did this with the newborn swing and the
Store accessible items off the floor when possible.
A crib, rocking chair and dresser take up a lot of space in a small nursery. Therefore, decrease the items needing floor space as much as possible. For stuffed animals, grab an animal net like this one. This keeps all the stuffed animals contained without taking up any valuable floor space. For books, get a couple of floating shelves like this or this. They give you great storage without taking up any floor space. If you have a closet, you could hang a lot of your baby’s clothing to decrease the size of the dresser you need. Regardless though, use your closet as a place to put plastic storage drawer sets to increase your storage. You can likely fit one high underneath of hanging clothes, or you may be able to stack a couple if you aren’t hanging clothes. These are helpful for storing various items like diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, etc.
When storing clothes in a dresser, you want to fit as much as possible but still be able to readily find all the cute outfits. I found that rolling each item maximized the amount I could fit in each drawer while still making it possible to see everything.
Skip the diaper changing caddy.
Instead of having a designated cart for all your diaper changing essentials, dedicate a top drawer of the dresser to diaper changing items. This means one less item taking up floor space.
Get multi-purpose furniture.
In the past, once
Take advantage of cute storage boxes.
There is a good chance you will want an end table next to the glider. When you get one, grab one of these that has an open space to fit a storage box. You get the table and you can pick out a cute box to match the nursery décor. The box then works as a place to store items in a readily accessible way. If you like the look of these boxes, you could even do larger shelves with them (either floating or regular if you have the floor space.). You could even use this awesome hack and roll the clothes inside the cube boxes!
Use multi-purpose toy storage.
For keeping toys contained, grab an ottoman like this one. It looks nice in your living room and doubles as extra seating.
Store puzzles efficiently.
Those chunky baby puzzles are great learning toys, but finding a way to store them and not lose the pieces can be challenging. I use plastic legal-sized envelopes that are see through like these. They are great for the Melissa and Doug chunky puzzles. You can then fasten them closed and store in a decorative box.
Some food containers make great storage! I repurpose the Costco animal cracker containers for toy storage simply by making a label to cover the current one. I also use drink mix containers to store small toys or diaper bag snacks. If you want a baby-proof container, Tide Pod plastic containers work well.
Use small storage trays to keep drawers organized.
When storing small items in drawers, it’s really easy for them to become disorganized. Grab some of these plastic trays to compartmentalize your drawers and keep small items organized. I also love these storage containers for keeping small toys contained inside an ottoman.
Try to limit baby items to what is actually necessary.
There are my tops tips and organizing items. One final thought, when designing a baby nursery keep it practical with regards to storage. So many nursery designs emphasize the cute but aren’t practical for storing all the items you will accumulate. When designing your nursery, try to incorporate bins/baskets, drawer space, floating shelves and storage under the crib.
I know the concepts seem easy, but actually having the motivation to tackle organization can be challenging. I’ve got two motivation solutions for you to try!
Head over the YouTube and find some cleaning/tidying channels to follow. I really like Anna O’leary’s channel because watching her videos actually makes me want to go organize.
Overwhelmed at the Thought of Starting?
If you are reading this, I’m guessing you are a parent, and I’m guessing you are tired. The thought of trying to organize when everything has gotten so far out of hand can be overwhelming. I want to help you tackle everything in a week. Join my free organization challenge where I break everything down into small tasks spread out over the course of the week. You get emails with simple tasks you can work through to tackle just one group of items at a time. If you follow along, you will make huge progress by the end of the week. You can sign up below or read more about the challenge here.
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