How to organize a nursery
Babies are very small people but they come with a bit of stuff. I quickly acquired my share of onesies, blankets, toys, and books, not to mention things like carriers and diapers and bouncers, and pillows, and a car seat, a crib, a bassinet, and strollers, and…all the things. I know you know what I’m talking about girl. I am forever grateful for all the support I’ve had from family and friends who lavished us with blessings. I also bought a ton of stuff while pregnant. And then I came home to my tiny one bedroom apartment at the time, like, dang, the baby is not gonna fit in her with all her stuff.
This led me to prioritize, and organize. I returned things, re-gifted things, and created some systems to help me stay sane in a brand new season with a brand new baby.
First things first, we don’t need everything. Some things will make your life easier and are totally worth the space they take up, other things your kid won’t even like so you’re better off with a little more room to move around your home freely. For example, one of the beautiful swings we received as a gift was NOT the happy place I thought it would be for my itty bitty baby who preferred the vibrating bouncer/recliner. (Which I highly recommend! It was the only way I was able to put her down and go to the bathroom or to take a shower when I was home alone. I’d just put the bouncer in the bathroom so I could be close while still being a person for a few minutes.)
Ok, so you’re going to want to consider how much space you have. This will determine where and how you store things.
Then consider how much space you want. My husband and I do not like clutter. It makes us stressed out. And no organization system will help you if you have too much stuff. You’ll just end up with a bunch of boxes to hold all your stuff oozing out of every corner. For help de-cluttering, visit my dear friend over at simplyfiercely.com
Ok so let’s talk organizing. Once you’ve decided what to keep you can decide where and how to store it.
I love bins! Because I still have limited storage space, I like stackables (bins that stack easily), and I like bins that fit under furniture. When she was a baby, I also loved the drawer organizers. I took a dresser and in the top 2 drawers I put diapers & wipes, and in a drawer organizer I set up diaper rash cream, essential oils and coconut oil, the noseFrida and saline solution for any crusty boogers. These were on top because they were most used items and I needed them on hand. In the next 2 drawers I put onesies in the right drawer and blankets and bamboo wash cloths in the left. I also loved to keep a few bibs with the washcloths. The drool situation was real. And some infants, like my niece, spit up a lot in the first few months. So little triangular bibs tend to fit well on smaller babies and they come in very handy.
When it comes to storing large items, like the bouncers, jumpers, play mats, toys, strollers… I suggest keeping them in their boxes and hiding them under furniture or in the closet until they’re ready to be used. Once you think your child is old enough to use the item, give baby a month at a time with one thing. For example, start by opening one bouncer, if they don’t like it return it, and if they do like it, don’t open the next bouncer or jumper until they are over the first one. It’s ok to keep it simple with those big things. One play mat, one bouncer, one basket of little toys will likely suffice the first 6 months.
I like to rotate toys as well. When my daughter turned one, she was definitely more interested in pretend play and therefore toys. Something I learned however, is that putting out lot’s of toys at a time can often overwhelm children and then they play with them less or not at all. So I would put out a few toys at a time, and then keep the others in their boxes or in sealed ziplock bags to prevent them from collecting dust. If I see she’s not playing with something after a month I’ll put it back in the closet and swap it for something else. After 2 swaps, if she’s still not interested I will pass it along to her cousin. No reason for me to hold onto something for more than a few months if she’s not interested.
So you want to stay organized:
Keep what you will use within 6 months. No need to acquire and hold onto stuff that baby might like in a year. Wait until you are able to let go of other stuff before buying more. Simply replace things instead of collecting them.
Use bins and baskets to keep things together and hidden so you don’t have a ton of clutter.
Rotate toys as they get older so they’re not overwhelmed by all the stuff around them.
Spend time outside which doesn’t require stuff and is proven to have positive effects on development.
Take 15 minutes to reflect on your feelings towards accruing things and acknowledge any resistance to letting go without putting any judgment on yourself. Give yourself space to understand the why behind items you allow in your home. Keep things intentionally, or not at all.
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