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Baby Organization and Nursery Organization Tips

12 baby organization tips to make life with an infant a little easier.

Let’s be honest, life with a baby can be quite stressful. Sleepless nights, balancing schedules, and there’s the whole taking care of a tiny human thing. In this post I share helpful baby and nursery organization tips and tricks to make your life easier with your little bundle of joy.

1. Utilize the Space Under the Crib

Need extra storage space? Utilize the area under the crib. You can use baskets to store items and slide the baskets under the crib. If you don’t like the look of baskets or you want to store larger items you don’t need to access all the time, use a crib skirt to hide everything under the crib.

land of nod elemental crib

2. Use a Dresser as a Changing Table

Use a dresser as a changing table. Buying a lone changing table just doesn’t make sense to me. You might as well make your furniture serve double duty. And did you know most changing pads come with a security strap that you can secure to the backside of the dresser?

I love our IKEA Hemnes dresser in white stain. You can’t beat the $229 price tag. It fits perfectly in Owen’s small, 11′ by 10′ nursery along with his glider, crib, and ottoman. If you’re super tight on space, IKEA makes a smaller three drawer version. You could use the top drawer for diaper changing items and the other two drawers to store other baby things. Click here to see how I organized every drawer in his nursery dresser.

ikea dresser nursery

3. Drawer Organizers are a Must

Invest in drawer organizers. I love these drawer organizers for keeping all those smaller baby items nice and neat in drawers. They’re super versatile and inexpensive.

Want to learn more about how I organize Owen’s dresser? See here.

dresser 2

4. Add a Shelving Unit to the Closet

One of my top nursery organization tips is to put an inexpensive shelving unit inside the nursery closet. This keeps the closet organized and provides additional storage for books and toys. Plus, if needed, it can be removed one day and used somewhere else. When we moved, we took this one with us.

baby organization

5. Removable Storage Bins are Your Friend

These storage bins are great because they have handles that little hands can hold onto and pull. The bins are also made of soft material so, unlike wire baskets, if a kiddo falls onto one it won’t hurt and no damage is done to the bin. They’re also handy for dragging out, playing, putting the toys back in, and then putting the bins back into the shelving unit. Making clean up much easier!

land of nod storage bin

6. Bins, Bins, and More Bins

When it comes to nursery organization bins are key. Organize items on the top shelf of the closet in bins. Items are hidden away, and they’re easy get them down.

Want to learn more about what I put in those green bins and how I organize Owen’s closet? See here.

baby organization

7. Grab Some Clothespins

Instead of buying separate pants hangers, use clothespins to hang baby pants on regular baby hangers.

hanging baby pants

8. Stay Organized with Clothes Dividers

Another organization idea is to use baby clothes dividers to organize all those baby clothes. You can make your own like I did, or buy them.

closet dividers 550

9. Baskets, Baskets, Baskets

It’s not all about nursery organization– there’s other places in your house that need organizing. Baskets are your friends. Use them to store toys around the house. I like to use nice woven baskets from HomeGoods or Target to store toys in our living room. And if you really want to make it look like there aren’t toys in the basket, throw a blanket and pillow on top. No one will ever know.

baby organization

10. Stocked Baby Organization Basket

Keep a stocked baby basket in your common area.

coffee table baby basket

If you live in a multi-level home, set up a diaper changing station or keep a changing pad, diapers, and wipes on each floor of your home. We set up a changing table on our first floor after I had our second child. Since it’s a two-story house, we didn’t want to have to change the baby on the floor or walk upstairs. So we bought an inexpensive changing table and set it up downstairs. Click here to read all about it and how I organize it.

organized changing table

11. Store Extras in the Garage

If you have the space in your garage or basement, invest in a shelving unit to store extra diapers (and other random things). Be careful with storing wipes in the garage though, they will freeze in low temps. I store Owen’s diaper wipes in his nursery closet.

garage storage 3

12. A Good Diaper Bag is Key

Invest in a good diaper bag with compartments and plenty of space. Use smaller bags to corral smaller items inside the diaper bag.

diaper bag organization

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I hope you found these baby organization tips helpful. For all things baby, please visit my baby page.

And be sure to follow along on Instagram (@twotwentyone) for more tips!

Want to know where I got specific things? See this post.

PLEASE anchor your furniture and electronics! A child dies every two weeks as a result of a tip-over incident. I strongly encourage you to read my blog post on how to anchor furniture and electronics HERE. Let’s keep our babies alive and well.

how to anchor ikea dresser

I recreated my baby registry HERE if you’d like to check it out!

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This post was originally published in February, 2015. It was updated in March, 2020.

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  1. Thanks for the tips! I’m reworking my daughters room for her first birthday, and the storage unit in the closet is perfect. Although, after seeing your diaper storage in the garage, I’m glad I cloth diaper. Tight quarters at our house. Happy Wednesday!!!

    1. I seriously contemplated cloth diapering but Brad wasn’t 100% on board, which is fine, so we decided to stick to disposables. I figure I’m exclusively breastfeeding so that’s crunchy enough. Hah!

  2. Is your crib from ikea too?

      1. Oh, thanks! I love Land of Nod. I actually worked in their Seattle store right after college. They have such cute stuff.

  3. Great tips! You son’s room is perfect 🙂 And PS my son’s name is Owen as well, but he’s 3!

  4. I would have never thought about the clothespins! I will be using that tip for sure. I am a “hang everything” kind of gal. I love baskets too, but it seems like a tornado went through my boys’ room every day. I love how bright Owen’s room is. Great job with this nursery!

  5. LOVE all of these tips! My fiancé and I are getting married next year and will start trying for a little nugget after that and the room in our house that would be the nursery is tiny so I’ll need all the space utilizing tips I can find. Thanks for sharing!

  6. i love the maps above the crib, where did you get those?

  7. I love your changing pad cover! Can you tell me where you bought it?

  8. I just found your site on pintrest. I’m going to be a new mom in June and your organization tips are amazing ! I’m super excited to read the rest of your posts !

  9. Hello Chelsea. I so love this! I was browsing for ways to decorate my baby’s nursery room. thanks for the ideas! 🙂

  10. Love these ideas! With our first little one due in just under two months (eep!) these tips are helpful. We’re using the small Hemnes dresser as our changing table as well–I’m planning to change out the knobs to spice it up a little!

    1. Congrats! Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of people change out the knobs– definitely a great way to add more personality to it. 🙂

  11. Thanks, great tips!!!
    I just ordered a couple of the drawer organizer sets you suggested!
    🙂 ~Leah

  12. love your ideas!!
    I need to share these on my IG account.
    They are adorable

  13. Don’t you need to have the change pad secured on a change table with railings or something? How did you do that on a dresser?

  14. Where did you get the grey and white baskets? Are they available online?

  15. I absoluetly love your burp clothes where did you get them? As well as yours car seat!

  16. I LOVE this post!! Found your article via pinterest when looking for baby hanger dividers and loved this article!
    Thanks so much and such a cute space.

  17. Fantastic post! How hard was the assembly on the dresser from IKEA? I know some of there products can be tricky/frustrating to assemble! Thank you!!

  18. Great tips! We are expecting #4 in May, so I am in nursery prep mode. Where is the shelf from that is above the dresser/changing table? Thanks!

  19. This looks so beautiful! I try to get my babies’ rooms to look like this, but it just never seems to happen. I still think I’m going to try some of your tips just because of three kids

  20. I love your blog! Stumbled across it on facebook but this is the first I’m really reading all of the tips you post!

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  22. Hey! My name is Sara! I personally used the bookshelf to store toys idea.. I thought it was really great! I shared and linked it on my blog if you want to check it out http://thediymommie.com I would really appreciate it! I love your content and I subscribed to you 🙂

  23. Christina says:

    Thanks for the great tips! Been trying to figure out how to make the best of the smaller room we have set up for the nursery.

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