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Essential Baby Closet Organization Ideas

From first time parents to families that are adding to their brood, welcoming a baby is an exciting time filled with both anticipation and preparation. If you’re like most expectant parents, you’re feeling eager to make plans for this new stage in your life, clean and organize your home, decorate and prepare baby’s new room. If this is you, we invite you to join us as we explore a part of the nursery not often discussed but so often used: the nursery closet.

As you prepare for the baby’s arrival, you’ll discover countless checklists to guide your choices. From what to pack in your hospital bag to how to pick a name, if you need advice there’s a checklist out there that has an answer. However, there’s an important question you may not be considering: How will you maximize and get the most out of your space for years to come? While it might seem obvious, a custom nursery closet is often overlooked yet it’s one of the most practical ways to prepare for and support you and your baby throughout every stage of life.


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Very few things you purchase for your infant last beyond the first few years. Between how fast they grow and how much of what they need is consumable, it’s a whirlwind of ongoing supplies. However, closet organization for your baby is an investment that will last. Name one thing (besides your child’s 529 college savings account) that will deliver value consistently from the day you welcome the baby home from the hospital to the day you drop them off at college. Hard to answer right? Clearly investing in solutions that support you and your child over the next 18+ years just makes good sense. Nursery closet storage that can handle baby supplies now and teenage fashion later is an investment that delivers value and that you’ll use for years to come. And customizing a space that can change as your child grows and as their needs change will make everything easier as you navigate each busy day. That’s why we encourage our clients to make sure they don’t overlook nursery closet storage and instead, set themselves up for an organized and calm nursery by finishing their baby closet well in advance of that all-important due date. Check out our list of everything you need to know about baby closet design.

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Make the Space Work for You Now

Babies come with a plethora of stuff; from quickly outgrown onesies to a stockpile of diapers, wipes, and nursing essentials, the list goes on and on. These supplies tend to pile up very quickly and can add unwanted stress and pressure to your home. Nursery closet storage where everything is visible and easily accessible can help you identify what’s readily available and what you’re running low on, such as diapers and wipes. Taking inventory and adding items to your physical or digital shopping list can happen with a quick glance instead of making a mental note to check elsewhere, only to forget a few minutes later. This space can also be your home base for supplies that end up in additional baby stations around the house. Stocked and ready for a quick change in any room, you’ll thank yourself for having a system that saves you time.

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Take your organized game to the next level by grouping items with a system that works best for you; for example, organizing by size, color, or age markers to help you quickly find what you are looking for. Make your baby closet design work harder for you because it is just as much for you during your child’s early years. Remember that this space needs to operate both functionally and visually since the nursery doors will likely stay open during your child’s younger years. And when you choose a clean and crisp white finish for your nursery closet storage solution, it will compliment your child’s room each time you change the décor. A reflection of your own personal style, you can add that special touch by utilizing accent fixtures, hardware, or decor that matches the rest of the space.

Our design consultants are experts, which means this isn’t their first infant closet, and they will work with you to help create a space that you can envision yourself loving for years to come. Since customization looks different in every home and for every family, we will help you identify what elements will work best for you. And then we’ll recommend a personalized combination of closet components to build the perfect baby closet and ensure that your little one is welcomed into a calm and organized world. The secret to knowing what components you need is to identify what goes where.

1. Designate open shelving for quick-grab items (diapers, wipes, sheets, and lotions), and later on, this can be used for books, toys, and other items that your child may love.

2. Opt for shelving and baskets to store extras of the high-volume items that come in the weekly Amazon order like diapers, wipes, lotions, creams, etc.

3. Use upper shelving to store things in organized bins that aren’t in use right away but that you know you’re going to need soon such as gifted clothes that don’t quite fit yet.

4. Make use of closed drawers for clothing you prefer to fold such as sleepers, onesies, and blankets too.

5. You might also talk through essentials, like a hamper or area for donations to place outgrown clothes.


By incorporating a nursery closet system at the very beginning of your child’s life, you can instill early habits of organization, with everything having a place, and continue this process throughout your child’s life.


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Make the Space Work for Them

As your child grows, the nursery closet can be updated to maximize storage at each stage. For toddlers, this means clothes they may want to start choosing themselves and ample space for their favorite toys. The foundation of the closet gives items a home to always return to, helping your children learn how to easily find and put away their belongings all on their own. They will quickly start choosing their own outfits, toys to store, and favorite pieces. And the best part is knowing that you can easily move shelves and hanging rods to accommodate their changing needs. For the teen years, shelves can be removed to create a personalized hutch, perfect for hanging fairy lights, letter boards, and favorite jewelry. Cubbies can become bookshelves or display areas for trophies and favorite nick-knacks. All of these are great examples starting with a strong baby closet design and evolving into the perfect solution at just the right time.

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Easy Tips to Organize Your Child’s Closet

Through each stage of your child’s life, clothing or accessories can be organized in a variety of ways. Here are just a few examples you might want to try:

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  • Store onesies folded on a shelf, in a drawer, or rolled up in a basket.
  • Use hanging space for your cutest baby clothes in your baby’s current size while storing out of season or larger sizes in out the way baskets up top.
  • Tiny shoes need storage that keeps pairs together so try a basket that helps you keep them in one easy place.

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  • Keep the peace over mismatched socks and simply toss every clean sock in a basket without matching them up.
  • Store sock baskets with shoes so it’s easy for your child to find and choose both.
  • Make room for that growing collection of bows by including a pull-out rack that they can easily reach.
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  • Avoid “Mom, I don’t have anything to wear!” meltdowns by hanging skirts and shirts together.
  • Stock the top shelf with an overnight bag and baskets with packing supplies for those weekend sleepovers that become routine.
  • Hang jeans and leggings, freeing up drawer and shelf space for sweatshirts and personal items.

No matter what stage you are in, don’t hesitate to try one way of organizing things for a while and then try another to see which one works best. And when it’s time to redecorate their room, include your child in the process of reconfiguring their closet. When they take an active role in deciding how they want to organize their belongings, it lays a natural foundation of structure for years to come.

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Prioritizing solutions that last, like your nursery closet storage, can make a world of difference in your family’s routine. From infancy to young adulthood, efficient and flexible closet organization will help you calm the chaos in your busy home. In the early days of parenthood, the focus on that ever-growing list of necessities can easily overshadow the need for an organized system to keep track of it all. Invest in a nursery closet that will work at every stage of your child’s life. Start by consulting a closet expert who can help you set up and identify elements of structure for years to come. Complete this form and we’ll reach out to get started.

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