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Recently, I worked with a client who just had her second child. When she went into labor early, the room wasn't organized when the baby was born, so she became overwhelmed and called me for help. This post shares the tips we did when organizing a nursery.
- Before Organizing the Nursery
- Clear out the cluttered areas.
- Organize the Changing Table
- Organize the inside of the changing table.
- Organize the Changing Table Upper Drawer
- Assign a Home for the Diapers
- Use Bins to Hold other, not Necessary Things
- The Crib After Decluttering
- How long did it take to declutter this room?
- Other Organizing a Nursery Tips
Before Organizing the Nursery
Here is a picture of the crib in my client's home. Don't worry; the baby wasn't sleeping in the crib until after we organized the room. =) No judgment here. The client was judging herself more than I could ever judge her.
This post shows how we transformed the disorganized and stressful nursery into a tranquil room the baby could sleep in from now on.
Clear out the cluttered areas.
First, we started by clearing out the areas. We went through pile after pile of baby clothes and got rid of anything too small. We were able to give away three large boxes - yay for us!
In the closet, we added totes at the top to store blankets and other clothing we would donate. And the clothing that was used was stored in these upright stackable bins.
We determined hanging one-piece outfits was a waste of time, so we folded all the clothes and only left the nicer outfits on hangers. We used the bins in the closet for various types of outfits. Since the containers are removable, the mom can move the heaviest items to the top when it gets colder.
Below are some closet organization options for organizing a nursery I found on Amazon.
Organize the Changing Table
The changing table was next. Here is the changing table closed. On top, we put a bin for wipes, a row of diapers, and baby cream for a quick change.
Organize the inside of the changing table.
It looks like we didn't do anything. Well, we did! Here is the changing table opened. Check out the magic! We started by adding a plastic shoebox bin and placing the baby's shoes and socks in it. It didn't need to be neat, just accessible.
The baby did have an extra changing table pad just in case he soiled himself on the other one, so it now had a home in this drawer.
Organize the Changing Table Upper Drawer
The next drawer we organized was the one closest to the top of the changing table. We placed all the necessary items here to be within arm's reach of the changing pad. So, when the baby was on the table, she could stay near him while getting the things she needed out of the drawer. See the image below to see where we put the changing table pads and socks/shoes. We didn't label this drawer since she could easily see everything she needed.
This drawer held the needed tools for the baby, like the nail clippers. The bottom drawer had clothes not often used, like pants.
Assign a Home for the Diapers
Diapers are stored in the left-side cabinet in the changing table. They all fit! They needed to be as close as possible so she could access them when needed. Woo hoo!
Use Bins to Hold other, not Necessary Things
Another organizing a nursery thing we did was organize the extra supplies. The right side stored extra supplies, like wipes, Diaper Gene refill bags, and extra shampoo and baby moisturizer. Since these items were extra supplies, we used the other side cabinet. These items didn't need to be convenient, but she could access them reasonably easily if she needed them. We used a plastic shoe bin to hold the extra baby's supplies.
The Crib After Decluttering
Here is the photo of the baby's crib after we finished decluttering. If you have other family members dressing your child, label everything, as we did here.
How long did it take to declutter this room?
It took us two hours to finish this decluttering and reorganizing this nursery. She was so happy with the results. It made her feel like she could handle anything.
Other Organizing a Nursery Tips
Now that she is organized, I wanted to share other organizers that may work for your home.
The first one is a hanging diaper caddy.
Many diaper caddies work for a changing table that doesn't have storage. You can put all the diapers in them and add wipes and other essential things when changing your baby. They strap to the dresser or changing table. Here are a few I found on Amazon (affiliate).
The second one is Foldable Drawer Organizers
Foldable drawer organizers are an excellent option for organizing the small clothing in the drawers for your little one. Then, when you don't need all of them anymore, they can easily be collapsed and stored in the closet.
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I hope you liked the nursery organization transformation process! Please share with your soon-to-be or new parents!
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