How can I keep my baby's nursery organized? Creating a Nursery

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One tiny human sure can have a lot of stuff! But putting certain systems in place can do wonders for keeping the nursery organized. Here, experts and moms share their favorite organizational tips and tricks for baby's room. 

Group Baby Clothes by Size

"Opt for open-top storage for things used frequently, like bibs, blankets, and diaper cream. These are things you will want to access with one hand, so a lidded container or drawer will make things much more difficult. Also, babies outgrow their clothing so quickly, so have a system in place before the baby arrives to cycle through [the different sizes]. If baby has a dresser, divide the drawers by size rather than clothing type. For example, top drawer has diapering supplies, second drawer:...

"Opt for open-top storage for things used frequently, like bibs, blankets, and diaper cream. These are things you will want to access with one hand, so a lidded container or drawer will make things much more difficult. Also, babies outgrow their clothing so quickly, so have a system in place before the baby arrives to cycle through [the different sizes]. If baby has a dresser, divide the drawers by size rather than clothing type. For example, top drawer has diapering supplies, second drawer: newborn clothes, third drawer: three-month, and fourth drawer: six-month. Once baby has outgrown a size, empty the drawer to make room for the next size along the way. (If saving clothes for a friend or your own next baby, box them in a plastic container right away.) Size changes will slow down at 12 months, and then you can have two drawers, one for daytime clothes and one for nighttime clothes." -- Jennifer Snyder, certified professional organizer and owner of Neat as a Pin® Organizing Experts, Waco, Texas 

Add Shelves to the Closet

"Keep in mind that things are small, so you have to get creative to make the space feel full. This may seem obvious, but the things that you're storing, like clothes and shoes, are going to be tiny and not take up much space. When you hang baby clothes in a closet, you have a huge amount of empty vertical space underneath the hangers. Take advantage of that, and add a small dresser or shelving unit to maximize storage and to make the closet look and feel complete." -- Ashley Rose Marino, the...

"Keep in mind that things are small, so you have to get creative to make the space feel full. This may seem obvious, but the things that you're storing, like clothes and shoes, are going to be tiny and not take up much space. When you hang baby clothes in a closet, you have a huge amount of empty vertical space underneath the hangers. Take advantage of that, and add a small dresser or shelving unit to maximize storage and to make the closet look and feel complete." -- Ashley Rose Marino, the owner and principal of Ashley Marino Designs, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

Make Things Easy for Yourself

"Roll onesies instead of folding them for easy access. Use a dresser as a changing table to combine furniture and save space. Make a diaper changing caddy you can carry around the house for easy [portability]. And use storage bins to organize toys, books, extra clothes, burp cloths, etc."

Storage Totes, Cubes & Bins Are Key

"I recommend using labeled storage totes in the closet for things you have a lot of: bibs, burp cloths, etc. Also, for when they are older, a modular bookcase -- wall-mounted for safety -- with those canvas cubes that you can just pitch stuff in. We use cloth diapers, so those go in there, as well as toys on the lower shelves for my son to pull out and (sometimes) put away on his own.

"Baby and toddler books are a nightmare. I have OCD, so I want them to look 'nice,' but with all the odd...

"I recommend using labeled storage totes in the closet for things you have a lot of: bibs, burp cloths, etc. Also, for when they are older, a modular bookcase -- wall-mounted for safety -- with those canvas cubes that you can just pitch stuff in. We use cloth diapers, so those go in there, as well as toys on the lower shelves for my son to pull out and (sometimes) put away on his own.

"Baby and toddler books are a nightmare. I have OCD, so I want them to look 'nice,' but with all the odd shapes and sizes, it's next to impossible. We use some shelves, but also wooden milk crates on floor, so my son can dig through them on his own.

"Also, always have a plastic storage tote in a closet next to your hamper. Kids grow so quick, you'll put something on that fit a week ago, and voilà -- It's too small. It's easy to toss into storage if there is always something on hand. When the tote gets full, slap some masking tape with the sizes that are in there on the outside and replace with an empty one. Staying on top of things like this is key!"

Don't Stress Too Much

"If you're a first-time mom, you're definitely going to organize no matter what, and it does make sense, because you're new at it, and you want to feel somewhat in control. It's smart to organize diapers, A&D cream, lotions, nail clippers, and things like that. I do have the drawers sorted by pajamas pants, shirts, long sleeves, short sleeves. And I have kept diapers/wipes in the same place for the last five years: left-hand side of changing dresser! But when it turns to toys, and they start...

"If you're a first-time mom, you're definitely going to organize no matter what, and it does make sense, because you're new at it, and you want to feel somewhat in control. It's smart to organize diapers, A&D cream, lotions, nail clippers, and things like that. I do have the drawers sorted by pajamas pants, shirts, long sleeves, short sleeves. And I have kept diapers/wipes in the same place for the last five years: left-hand side of changing dresser! But when it turns to toys, and they start crawling and walking, everything gets trashed. So, don't be too hard on yourself -- it happens to us all!" 

Use a Jewelry Organizer for Small Items

"I used a hanging jewelry organizer in the nursery closet to store small things in little compartments like baby socks!"

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