You’ve painted the walls the perfect hue, picked out the coziest crib, and stocked up on all the necessities—now what? Of course, you want your baby room to look great, but it should be well-organized and functional, too. Baby stuff can quickly accumulate in a nursery and, without organization in place (that’s easy to maintain), it can lead to chaos and clutter.
Whether you’re looking for savvy storage solutions for baby books and blankets, clever hacks for organizing clothes, or ideas for maximizing a small space, you’ll find plenty of tips and inspiration in this list of 40 baby room organization ideas.
1. Go Vertical
Walls can be used for so much more than displaying room decor. Tall bookcases offer floor to ceiling organization space. Floating shelves add storage space above dressers and changing tables. So, when looking for more space to stash baby stuff when not in use, look up! Besides the extra space, vertical storage also keeps things safely out of reach of curious toddlers. Plus, you can display momentos like your baby shower invitations and birth announcements.
2. Practical Placement
A rocking chair close to the crib means it’s quicker to move a sleeping baby to bed, and a shelf near the changing table makes it easy to grab supplies without stepping away from a squirming baby. Practical placement of furniture, shelves, seating, and storage areas means your nursery itself is organized, not just the items inside drawers and cabinets. It’s also important to consider safety, to anchor furniture, baby-proofing outlets, and soften sharp edges—these are all important steps to take before introducing a new baby to their new room.
3. Keep Drawers In Order
Because baby clothes and accessories are so small, it’s easy for them to become a jumbled mess inside drawers. Use drawer organizers or small bins to keep tiny clothes separated by type. Separate bins for socks, onesies, bottoms, and booties will make it easier to find what you’re looking for when you need it. Only keep clothes that currently fit and are seasonally appropriate in drawers, using closet shelves and storage bins to keep other clothes organized and out of the way.
4. Use A Bookcase
Bookcases or other tall shelving units help make room organization easy—and that goes for a nursery or baby’s room, too. While your baby is an infant, use shelves to keep clothes, accessories, and gear organized. As the baby grows, lower shelves can hold books and toys while higher shelves can keep other items safely out of reach. Stylish storage cubes and decorative boxes or baskets will keep things organized while looking clutter-free. Or, replace one of the shelves with a tension rod to add extra space for hanging clothes.
5. Mesh Laundry Bags
Instead of tossing all of the baby’s dirty laundry into a large hamper, hang a couple of mesh laundry bags on wall hooks or on the back of the door. Use bags for small, easy to lose items like itty bitty socks and tiny tights or items with Velcro, like bibs or swaddles that can easily catch and pull threads other clothes and blankets. On laundry day, just toss the entire mesh bag into the washer and dryer. No more missing socks or damaged delicates!
6. Unconventional Storage
Don’t be afraid to use unconventional containers to stash supplies in your baby’s room. Desk organizers are perfect for keeping hair brushes, nail clippers, and lotions in order. And, magazine boxes make it easy to keep receiving blankets or swaddles organized on a shelf. Plenty of everyday household items can easily be transformed into effective organization solutions in a baby’s room.
7. Crib Organizers
Keep blankets, pacifiers, and comfort items within reach of where they’re needed most using a crib organizer. The soft, quilted fabric organizers attach to the front or side of the baby’s crib with safe fabric loops. Designed with multiple storage pockets and pouches, they’re perfect for keeping items close at hand and easy to grab while putting the little one to bed.
8. Classic Cubbies
Square storage shelves, or cubbies, are perfect for organizing a baby’s room. A row of cubbies can be hung on a wall for elevated storage, stood vertically for storage in smaller rooms or narrow spaces, and placed horizontally on the floor as a seating bench with built-in storage. Use soft storage cubes to keep items stashed out of sight. Because cubbies are so versatile, they’ll be perfect for your toddler room, too—you won’t have to redo the space too much as your little one grows.
9. Double Up
Baby clothes are generally quite small. Use that to your organizational advantage! Hang at least two (or three) rods, one above the other, in the closet and double (or triple) the amount of clothes you can hang. Use child-sized hangers for baby clothes and use adult-sized pant hangers to save space storing blankets and towels.
10. Not Just For Shoes
They may be called shoe organizers, but the multi-pocket organizers are one of the most versatile of all home organization hacks. In addition to storing shoes, the pockets are perfectly sized for organizing onesies, bibs, diapers, creams, and more. Hang one in the closet, on a wall or on the back of a door for easy access to the items you use most.
11. Boxes, Baskets, And Bins—Oh My!
When it comes to organization, containers are an absolute necessity. Stylish theme-coordinated bins are great for keeping baby belongings organized on shelves. Soft, round oversized baskets are perfect for storing blankets or stuffed animals at floor level. And, stackable clear plastic boxes will keep closets organized with ease. And, if organization is the goal, forego the giant toy box. Although they make cleanup a breeze, toys inside are often hard to find and become lost or forgotten.
12. Under-Crib Storage
Beneath the baby’s crib you’ll find ample space for stashing and stowing items used less often, especially in smaller baby rooms where storage space is at a premium. Use stylish drawers designed to fit beneath a bed. Or, add a crib skirt to hide less attractive storage solutions out of sight. Remember, only keep and store items that are either meaningful or usable. Organization involves much more than just neat and orderly storage.
13. Double-Duty Furniture
New parents are always surprised to discover just how much stuff babies need. From bottles and blankets to binkies and bibs, babies require a lot of accouterments, making organization and extra storage space an absolute must. Whenever possible, use furniture that serves double-duty as storage space, too. Use a waist-high dresser in place of a changing table and store changing supplies in the top drawer. Or, replace a footstool with a storage ottoman for storing extra bedding.
14. DIY Accessory Organizer
Babies tend to amass a lot of accessories. From bibs to bows and headbands to hats, if accessories aren’t adequately organized, they can quickly create clutter and chaos. In just a few minutes, with just a few supplies, you can easily create a clever DIY organization board for keeping accessories in order. Simply hot-glue clothespins to a narrow board and hang on a wall. Accessories will be easy to grab and go as needed.
15. Rolling Diaper Station
Another nursery organization idea to take for a spin, a rolling cart diaper station will make diaper duty easier and more efficient. Keep diaper changing supplies, like diapers, wipes, powder, and a changing pad on a rolling cart in the baby’s room. Not only are industrial style rolling carts trendy, but they’re also available in a wide variety of colors to fit seamlessly into any baby room decor. As an added bonus, your rolling diaper station can easily be rolled into another room if necessary.
16. Storage Steps
Display baby blankets, throws, and towels on the rungs of a wooden blanket ladder leaned against a nursery room wall. Not only will the baby’s textiles be organized and easy to reach, but this organization and storage solution will also add a stylish and trendy touch to any baby room. Just be sure to move the ladder to another room before the baby begins to crawl and climb.
17. Wine Rack Blanket Keeper
Most people wouldn’t consider a wine rack typical decor for a baby’s room, but the size and shape are actually perfect for organizing an assortment of baby blankets. A wall-mounted rack hung near the crib makes it easy to grab a clean blanket as needed. Or a tabletop wine rack can be used to keep blankets organized and displayed neatly on a shelf or side table. W
18. Functional Furniture
When furnishing a nursery, look for functional furniture pieces that either double as storage space or expand and grow with your baby. A window seat with storage underneath or a dresser that doubles as a changing table can add tons of much-needed storage to a baby room. Even if you just pick a dresser to display memorable items such as frames and mugs, you’ll have a functional piece that will grow with your little one.
19. Design Matters
As silly as it may sound, the design decisions you incorporate into your baby’s room can help to keep the space more organized. A cohesive design with coordinating textures, colors, and decorative touches will instantly make a room look cleaner and less cluttered. A monochromatic color scheme can make a small space feel roomier. And, design elements like built-in storage space and functional furniture ensure everything has a place.
20. The Hook Up
Make use of inexpensive and decorative hooks placed thoughtfully around the baby room. A decorative hook on the back of the door will be perfect for hanging hooded towels to dry after a bath. A couple of removable hooks adhered to the side of a changing table create a great spot to hang receiving blankets or swaddles until they’re ready to be used. And, wall hooks can be used to hang baby blankets, diaper bags, or laundry bags.
21. Storage Ottoman
A simple storage ottoman could easily become one of the most versatile and convenient pieces of furniture in your entire nursery. In front of a rocker, it becomes a comfortable footstool for late-night feedings. By a tall bookshelf, it can work as a handy stool for reaching high-up items. And, by the crib, it’s a place to sit and sing the baby to sleep—all while doubling as hidden storage space for items like extra bedding or a backup diaper supply.
22. Small Closet Ideas
Because most closets start out with only a single shelf and rod, it’s easy to maximize closet space by adding additional shelving and clothing rods wherever space is available. A small dresser or bookshelf can add lots of extra storage in a small space. Add closet organizers like baskets, bins, and pockets that hang from the rod to create additional storage space. And, put doors to use with over-the-door organizers that add eons of extra space in an often underutilized area.
23. Layer Bedding
One of the most helpful mom hacks we’ve learned is to layer crib bedding. When making a baby’s bed, put down a waterproof mattress pad followed by a fitted top sheet. Then, add another waterproof mattress pad and another top sheet. Not only does this solve the problem of where to store clean bedding, if the baby has an accident or spill in the middle of the night, just peel away the top layer to reveal clean, dry bedding underneath.
24. Baby Books As Art
Use picture ledges to display and store adorable baby books on nursery walls. In addition to doubling as age-appropriate artwork in your baby’s bedroom, it’ll be easier to find the book you’re looking for. And, displaying books as art will free up shelf space for storing other items in baskets and bins. As an added bonus, once they’re old enough, kids will love having their favorite books on display, so it’s easy to pick or point to the one they want.
25. Soft Basket
Soft, decorative baskets are an adorable blanket, pillow, and stuffed animal storage solutions in a baby’s room. Roll blankets instead of folding them, then stack standing side-by-side inside a basket. The array of colorful blankets looks charming in the nursery and blankets are easy to grab when needed. Plus, the soft sides make it safe for the baby to crawl around.
26. Roll ‘Em Up
Because baby clothes are so small, simply folding tiny t-shirts and onesies and stacking them in a drawer can make it difficult to find the one you’re looking for and can quickly lead to a jumbled mess. Instead of stacking folded clothes, roll each article of clothing and insert it into the slots of a sock organizer or ornament box inside the dresser drawer. Not only does this nursery organization hack save tons of space, but you can also easily see everything in the drawer without digging through piles or making a mess.
27. Wall Baskets
You already know baskets are great for storing things on shelves or keeping this organized inside drawers. But, baskets hung on the wall can add oodles of storage space in a baby room, too. Hang small baskets on the wall above your changing table to stash diaper-changing essentials. Turn wire baskets on their side and mount them directly to the wall to create cute cubbies for stacking anything from books to blankets.
28. Label It
Keeping all of the baby’s things separated and put away is a great start to getting organized, but to be truly functional, you’ll need to know where things are and where they belong. Add decorative hang tags to baskets, label bins and boxes with stickers, or use a label maker to print off tiny labels for inside drawers and on smaller containers.
29. Glass Jars
Large lidded glass jars are an excellent way to store smaller items on a shelf. Pacifiers, hair bows, teething toys, rattles, or even small tubes of lotions and creams can all be stowed in glass jars. Not only will large glass jars look lovely lining a shelf, but the clear glass also makes it easy to see what’s stashed inside.
30. Use Your Doors
Storage space is very often at a premium in nurseries and small baby rooms, making it important to use any available space for organizing. The back of a bedroom door is the perfect place to stash small items for easy access that’s out of the way and uncluttered. An over-the-door organizer is great for stocking baby shoes, accessories, and a backup supply of lotions and creams. Over-the-door hooks can be used to hang hooded towels, baby blankets, or outerwear for grab-and-go convenience.
31. Changing Station
It’s nobody’s favorite chore, but diaper duty can be easier—and over with faster—when you’ve got a diaper changing station at the ready. In addition to keeping supplies, like diapers, wipes, powder, and lotions at your changing table, create a portable changing station that can easily be carried to any room in the house when needed. A handled caddy stocked with supplies makes diaper duty more efficient.
32. DIY Size Dividers
Because babies grow so fast—and because baby clothes are just so fun to shop for—your baby is guaranteed to have an impressive wardrobe. And, whether you’re keeping hand-me-downs, buying for the future, or have received outfits as gifts, you’ll have a wide assortment of sizes to store. It’s fun and easy to craft your own closet rod clothing size dividers using colorful cardboard cut into circles or by decorating door hangers to separate newborn clothes from one to three months, three to six months, six to nine months, and so on.
33. Pegboard Storage
Pegboards aren’t just for basements and garages anymore. The effective organizational tool has made its way into modern and stylish room decor, too. Painted the same color as the wall or in a coordinating shade, a pegboard is completely customizable, very versatile, and totally on-trend. Attach pegs, hooks, baskets, and shelves to organize anything from diapers and wipes to blankets and books.
34. Edit As You Go
An important aspect of getting—and staying—organized is frequently editing out items that are no longer needed, no longer fit, or just don’t work anymore. Keep a designated box or bin in your baby room closet to quickly toss in anything you no longer need. Once a month, pull down the box and determine which items can be donated, fixed, or thrown away. Remember, while it’s absolutely okay to hold onto items that are meaningful or special, edit honestly and let go of things you truly don’t need.
35. DIY Baby Shoe Organizers
They may not be walking yet, but baby shoes are just too cute not to collect. Unfortunately, an unorganized shoe collection can quickly create a cluttered mess. With a little creativity, it’s easy to DIY a clever baby shoe organizer. Repurpose a thread rack to hang tiny pairs of shoes. Build your own shoe storage system using cut pieces of PVC pipe painted and hot-glued together. Create a hanging shoe system using rope and clothespins. Or, use curtain clips to hang pairs of shoes from a rod.
36. Don’t Ignore Corners
Far too often, corners are forgotten when arranging furniture and placing shelving in a room. Cabinets and bookcases can add much-needed storage space while corner shelves add unexpected style to small spaces. Pieces designed especially for corners will maximize space and prevent awkward angles and jutting edges that can become a hazard for little ones just learning to get around.
37. Use A Floor Lamp
Table lamps can be bulky, and overhead lighting can be harsh. Save valuable space on tabletops and add soothing light to a baby’s room using floor lamps instead. Put a floor lamp by a glider or rocking chair to add light for reading while rocking the baby. Place a floor lamp near your changing station to add soft light for late-night diaper changes. For even more versatility, use floor lamps with dimmer switches to add just the perfect amount of light when needed.
38. Baby Book Racks
Wall-mounted magazine racks and file organizers can easily be repurposed as baby book racks in a nursery. They’re the perfect shape and size for displaying baby books for easy access while freeing up shelf space for other important items. Plus, the racks can be hung in places where a bookshelf may not fit, like on the wall next to the rocking chair or on the back of a door. Available in a variety of styles from rustic wood to clear plexiglass and modern wire, it’s easy to find one that perfectly matches your baby room decor.
39. Vacuum Bags
Space-saving vacuum bags are perfect for a baby room. They can be used in a closet to organize clothes, store hand-me-downs for the next generation, and keep bedding clean and dry when not in use.
40. Think Outside The Nursery
While keeping everything you’ll regularly use in the baby’s room is ideal, don’t hesitate to store lesser-used items out of the way or in another room. Large items you won’t use inside, like strollers or bulky winter outerwear, are better kept in a garage or mudroom. Clothes that don’t fit or toys that aren’t yet age-appropriate can be stashed in clear plastic bins and stacked out of reach on a high closet shelf or in a storage room.
When it comes to organizing a nursery room, remember to incorporate ideas that keep the space clear of clutter, store commonly used items within easy reach while holding a wriggling baby, and create a practical flow for furniture and necessities—all while considering the room may be navigated in the dark for a 3 a.m. diaper change.