How To Organize a Nursery

By Linda Grass August 29, 2021, 12:00 pm

The everyday life of busy families raising young children is always at a fast pace. Keeping your routine consistent and timely, particularly with infants, is important, and can definitely be a challenge.

The nursery is a central part of the house, and to stay sane it is essential to organize this room in an accessible and hassle-free manner.

So, how do you organize a nursery? Easy! Read on for resourceful tips and tricks that will make your life easier and leave more time to enjoy your little one and family.

nursery with 3 drawer dresser and rug Source: Pixel-Shot from Adobe Stock

A Well-Organized Nursery In 4 Easy Steps

The hustle and bustle of a parent's lifestyle with a newborn is nonstop, and you probably don't have a lot of time, so an easy-to-follow guide is in order.

Follow the four easy steps below, and you will organize your child's nursery in no time.

Step 1: The Nursery Layout

nursery layout with blue walls and white furniture Source: Sidekix Media on Unsplash

Arranging the nursery furniture in close proximity to each other will make the day-to-day tasks easier. The dresser is the main working center of a nursery space, and its storage capacity is vital to the primary functioning of such a busy area. A nursery layout works best with the three main functions located next to each other. A crib and dresser along with a changing table placed beside each other is ideal.

Step 2: The Nursery Dresser

nursery basket top of dresser Source: Africa Studio from Adobe Stock

On the top of the dresser you should always have handy diaper supplies, wipes, lotions and creams for quick easy access. Store them in a colorful tray or decorative basket that coordinates with your nursery decor. Replenish the supplies on an ongoing basis, so you are always well stocked.

organized inside of a nursery dresser drawer Source: Africa Studio from Adobe Stock

Organizing nursery dresser drawers is a simple task, following the outline below.

Depending on how many drawers are in the dresser, whether it's three or six, this list is divided into three sections, top, middle, and bottom.

  • Top Drawers: Extra diaper supplies for easy access to replenish the top tray. Grooming accessories, including a comb and brush. Bibs, burp clothes, teething rings, extra diapers.
  • Middle Drawers: Swaddles, onesies, and pajamas. Newborn clothes, tops, pants, socks, and hats.
  • Bottom Drawers: Bed linens, changing pad covers, and blankets.

To view items at a glance, stack or roll clothes, and carefully tuck them into the drawer, as shown in the image above.

Step 3: The Nursery Closet

Nursery closet with baby clothes Source: Dustin Montgomery from Busy Pixel

The closet in the nursery may not be fully utilized at this stage of a child's life, some of the clothes may be a bit too small for the hangers. If you do hang up clothes, keep hangers of the same type, whether they are made of wood, plastic or wire. Having uniform hangers looks better and helps maintain order. To take your organizing to the next level, use color-coded hangers for various items, like green for pants and red for tops.

nursery closet shelf with dream shirt Source: freestocks photos from Pixabay

To organize a nursery closet for a newborn, you can use cubes or shelving that can fit inside the closet space. Using surfaces for folded items, rather than hanging clothes, opens up the space for maximum storage use. Store additional folded items, such as bed linen or blankets. This is also the perfect place to put the stroller and car seat when not in use.

Step 4: Everything Has a Place - Tips and Tricks

colorful nursery storage bins Source: OZMedia from Adobe Stock

To make the best use of the storage available in the baby zone, here are practical tips and tricks of nursery organization.

Baskets and bins. Bins and baskets. As everyone knows, there is a plethora of baskets and bins on the market, and it can be overwhelming to pick a type with the huge selection available.

The trick is to reduce your selection to a specific kind of material, color and style. If you prefer woven baskets, or want vivid colors, use this method to refine your choices. It will be easier to find the right style container that perfectly coordinates with your nursery decor, fast.

nursery clothes on a hook Source: Ina Hoekstra from Pixabay

Finding additional space when you don't have it, is when you need to get creative and resourceful.

Tip: Clever hanging solutions. When you have no floor space, going vertically up the wall is the answer. Use ornamental hooks to hang clothes, bibs, and blankets that can add to the decoration of the room while being a functional element.


nursery basket with bear and clock Source: Pixel-Shot from Adobe Stock

Since the nursery is one of the busiest parts of a household, keeping it organized is an ongoing chore. It can easily be tidied as part of a day-to-day routine, as doing so is key for long term organization. The extra bonus of your hard work is that you will have more time to enjoy your child and your family.


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