Here are the most clever nursery organization ideas for setting up your baby’s nursery from baby closet organization to nursery storage. Good nursery organization is like having an extra hand when you most need one the most! Check out these genius ideas for organizing the nursery from the nursery closet to essential nursery storage.

15 genius ways to organize a nursery - shown are 6 tips from under changing station drawers, drawer dividers, diaper caddy, toy bin and great ideas for small nursery
Good ideas & smart nursery organization hacks for new moms!

Clever Nursery Organization Tips and Ideas

As a mom of three, I know how good organization ideas can make use of even the smallest nursery space (one of my babies used a closet as a nursery!). So if you have a new baby or about to welcome a little bundle of joy, this ultimate list of nursery organization ideas will be a life saver for new parents putting everything into easy reach.

Some of these nursery organization tips may seem so simple or little, but a nursery is often a small room that you spend much time!

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Nursery Storage for Small Spaces

I remember being pregnant and having an abundance of all things baby like tiny onesies, burp cloths, burp cloths, socks…the list goes on and on. Having so many tiny items made it hard to get organized and hard to make sure those tiny newborn socks and other things didn’t get misplaced.

After birth, as a new mom, it was crazy how important easy access to the baby essentials were in my small space.

How do you build storage in a small nursery?

1. Use vertical space – You may think about vertical space in a closet, but think about it for a small nursery too! Adding shelving and storage high in the room not only can store nursery items that you rarely use, but can keep these things out of the reach of baby and siblings too.
2. Use under-the-crib space – If you have a lot of items that need to be stored, consider using the space under the crib as additional storage. You can use bins, baskets, or even just cardboard boxes to store toys, clothes, and other items.
3. Choose furniture with storage – Repurpose an old dresser as a changing table or a bookcase for nursery storage. Get creative with how you use your furniture to create more storage space.
4. Use baskets & bins – Baskets and bins are great at making storage more usable and easily accessible for baby things.

Diaper Storage Ideas for quick diaper changes

1. Diaper Essentials Trolly Storage System

Turn this IKEA piece into a great diaper essentials trolly. I have seen this IKEA furniture used as a side table or used as a small shelving unit in a bathroom…this is such a good idea.  via A Little Delightful

2. Changing Table Organization Ideas for Storage

Everything in the diaper changing area has a place from the changing pad, baby supplies, extra diapers to the diaper pail. These baby’s room ideas are genius. via Project Nursery

Nursery storage idea from I Heart Organizing - jars full of pacifiers, lotion, nose, and so much more
What a cute way to store baby stuff from I Heart Organizing!

3. Jars To Store Small Baby Items at the Diaper Station

Use these jars are like little storage units to store small things like pacifiers, diaper cream, etc. via I Heart Organizing

Nursery Organization: Baby Closet Ideas 

4. Closet Organizer For Baby Stuff

Use the closet doors as storage. This is unused space that can hold so much stuff like little baby shoes, the favorite sleep sack rolled up or an entire supply of an item like diaper cream or lotion. via The Avid Appetite

nursery dresser drawer organization from Two Twenty One dot net
Check out the list of drawer contents in Two Twenty One’s nursery dresser drawers.

5. Baby Closet Organizer Ideas

This over the door storage is perfect storage solutions for holding the diaper caddy, burp clothes, extra wipes, towels and more.

Image shows three printable pages with labels for storage bins for kids’ clothes.
Download your free bin label set!

6. Label Clothes Bins for Baby Closet Organization

Organize baby and toddler clothes per size in plastic bins and use these free printables to label them. It comes with labels for all ages, from 0 months to 24 months, as well as some extra labels for other sizes.

15 Nursery Organization Ideas using shoe racks to keep burp blankets in order, tool baskets for diapers, and hangers for onesies.
I would have never thought of using a shoe rack this way!

7. DIY Peg Board Storage as a Baby Closet Organizer

Make a DIY peg board for wall storage – what a great ideas to add more extra space! via Wetherills Say I Do

8. Fabric Drawer Bin for Newborn Closet Organizer

This fabric drawer bin has tiny compartments providing extra storage space for all your baby’s socks and bibs and other odds and ends. At some point you will find yourself with different sizes of a single item because you will be storing the next size or seasonal items!

9. IKEA Baby Clothes Organized with Wardrobe Shelf

If you run out of hanging space in a small closet make this wardrobe shelf with help from Ikea and the step by step tutorial from Fresh Mommy Blog – She and her husband used several items from Ikea to create additional baby clothes hanging space that just looks adorable.

nursery from boxwood clippings - white clothes hanging in baby closet
Oh what a lovely and organized space from Boxwood Clippings!

10. Nursery Closet Organizations Ideas that Work in Real Nurseries!

Here are some amazing tips for organizing a beautiful nursery closet that is also functional. via Boxwood Clippings – check out the

 Ideas on How to Organize Baby Dresser

11. Unusual Baby Drawer Organizer Ideas

Use this drawer organization system and roll the clothes so you can clearly see each one. It is going to help you avoid having a big pile of baby’s things at the bottom of the closet! via Two Twenty One

She goes through each drawer in her nursery dresser from the top drawer to the second drawer, to the third drawer and so on. She shares her favorite drawer organizers for each list of baby items she places in each drawer.

Keep reading for some additional drawer organizers and ideas…

12. Best Way to Fold Baby Clothes – Konmari Storage

Use the KonMari method for folding family clothes to make your nursery drawers clean and organized. via Erin Weed on YouTube

Ikea shelf that has a hanging bar underneath with little baby clothes hanging from baby hangers.
This genius shelf hack for baby’s clothes is from Fresh Mommy Blog

entire article for a nursery closet that is inspirational!

13. Favorite Nursery Drawer Organizers

Drawer organizers may seem obvious, but sometimes obvious things elude us when we haven’t had enough sleep! Here are a few of my favorite drawer organizers:

  • This set of 8 drawer organizers is perfect for the nursery with a cute zig zag pattern that comes in a dozen colors including pink, blue, purple and teal.
  • This set of 6 polka dot fabric drawer organizers comes in 4 colors. I like the soft gray one. They are open and roomy for collecting all those little rolled up baby clothes!
  • This adjustable drawer divider system fits almost any drawer making a really easy to design drawer organizer system that works for you and baby.
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14. Baby Organization with Stuffed Animal Crate

I love a stuffed animal crate for all those sweet and snuggly teddy bears via Cozy Cottage Cute. You can find an assortment of vintage and modern wooden crates for the nursery that can give you just the right look while being functional for baby’s toys.

15. Mega Sorter Canvas Bin is a Good Baby Organizer

The mega sorter canvas bin holds so much stuff! Perfect for toys and other odds and ends. Psst…you can even store extra blankets in the baby room if you don’t need all the sorting for laundry and other things.

15 Nursery organization ideas with wooden boxes for stuffed animals, baskets to separate socks, and jars for baby powder
Look how rustic and sweet the stuffed animal bin is! I love it.

Genius Nursery Organization Ideas

Keeping the baby clothes, burp cloths, diaper cream and other baby stuff you need on a moment’s notice in the top drawer can save frustration. But haven’t we just listed more than what would fit in the top drawer?

I have top drawer solutions…

16. Hanging Organization for Nursery Storage

Store all those receiving blankets and burp towels in a hanging shoe organizer to save space! I like using this for stuff that I might have weekly use vs. daily use. via Susie Harris blog

Baby Nursery closet dividers that hang on bar in closet - Amazon
Closet dividers by age are not only cute, but super functional.

17. Divide Baby’s Closet with Closet Organizer Label Hangers

Use closet dividers to sort baby clothes by size. So smart! I did not have these for my first baby, but by my second kid I had them in both closets so that I could keep track of what baby grew out of and what clothes in larger sizes we already had. Thankfully the best part is that by kid three I knew about this nursery of all products {giggle} and used it in all the closets in the house! More closet organizers I love:

drawer organizers for nursery storage solutions - Kids Activities Blog - image from Amazon
Oh the cuteness & function of drawer organizers!

Nursery Storage FAQs

What storage does a nursery need?

The type of storage a nursery needs depends on the size of the nursery, the amount of belongings the baby has, and the parents’ storage needs:
-Drawers are a good option for storing clothes, diapers, and other items that need to be easily accessible.
-Shelves can be used to store books, toys, and other items that don’t need to be accessed as often.
-Bins and baskets are great for storing small items like toys, diapers, and wipes.
-Closets can provide additional storage space for clothes, toys, and other belongings.

How do you organize diapers and wipes in a nursery?

Organizing diapers and wipes in a nursery has two functions:
1. Within reach – Store enough diapers and wipes within reach of your changing table to make changing your baby’s diapers quick and easy. Choose a changing table or changing area where you can keep diapers and wipes close.
2. Bulk storage – You will need a lot of diapers and they are bulky and not every nursery can accommodate extra diapers and wipes next to the changing table. Consider storing these items in a closet or under the crib so you can replenish the changing table when needed.

How do you store baby stuff in living room?

Sometimes it is best to store baby stuff in another room of the house like a living room. Here are some ways to make that work for the entire family:
1. Use baskets – Baskets are great at providing easy, roomy storage for baby things that can be moved around. I also like that baskets will fit into the decor of any room and not feel like you are transforming the entire house into a nursery!
2. Use storage ottoman – I love a storage ottoman! It looks like a piece of comfy furniture until you need something and then the top will pop off to find storage inside. This is great for baby items.
3. Use a playmat – Many of the playmats we love also will double as storage with a drawstring. Make our storage play mat (DIY LEGO Storage Pick Up & Play Mat)!

What not to have in a nursery?

Keeping your nursery as clutter free as you can will help you efficiently take care of baby. Things that should stay out of the nursery for safety reasons include: crib bumpers, soft toys, pillows in the crib, heavy objects, chemicals and open flames.

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