5 Ways to Declutter a Nursery
Having a baby is one of the most momentous joys you’ll ever experience, and it comes with its share of rewarding duties. As your little one begins to grow, you might find you’re accumulating more and more items (many of them essentials), but you can’t find the time to organize the nursery as you’d like. However, with the help of some ideas from Pottery Barn Kids, tackling a disorganized nursery is simple.
Use Furniture with Storage
Need a place to store larger items so that they’re out of your way? You can look for a crib that has storage underneath, or fit a bed skirt around the crib and add some storage boxes below. Other pieces of nursery furniture that can provide some extra storage include changing tables, nightstands and dressers. Look for a changing table that has extra cubbies and drawers so you have a place to stow diapers, wipes and other essentials. While a dresser or bureau has storage space to begin with, you can choose a combination unit that has open shelving in addition to drawers. This way, you can keep certain essentials within reach while other items like clothing, blankets and booties can stay in a drawer.
No matter your personal style, there’s definitely a variation of storage shelving that can meet your needs. When you declutter a nursery, choose some baskets, bins or boxes made of wicker, cloth or any other type of durable material that you love. You can label each drawer to streamline your routine and keep the nursery clutter-free. Drawers that are clearly labeled “bath toys,” “diapers and wipes” or “burp cloths” help you conveniently access the items you need.
Use the Walls and Doors
For smaller nurseries, you can look to your walls and doors for extra storage space. Try putting an over-the-door organizer on the back of your nursery door, and add small items you can get to easily. Items that can be easily lost like bath items, small toys and baby shoes and socks are great options for storing in clear cubbies. Additionally, you can place some shelving units on the wall to stow toys and other essentials like wipes and burp cloths. Plus, the wall is a great option for storage since it keeps things safely out of reach as your baby grows.
Throw Things Away (or Donate!)
Removing extra items that you don’t use regularly is one of the first steps. If your child doesn’t like a particular toy or gift or it’s something you don’t need, you can always re-gift it or donate it. If you’re saving clothes for a potential brother or sister, you can box them up and put them in storage.
Use the Closet
Your infant’s small clothes will likely go in a dresser or bureau, and not many of them will hang on hangers. This gives you a wealth of closet space if there’s one in the room. You can use storage containers, and you can also add another over-the-door organizer to the back of your closet door. Small cubbyhole shelving is a nice idea for an open closet, and as your baby grows, you can bring it out of the closet and into the room to use it as toy storage. If there’s a wealth of items you simply don’t need or you’re storing clothes and toys for when your baby grows, the closet is also a good spot to keep them. Box them up, label them and put them in the closet until you’re ready for them. A closet shelf is also a great place to store bath towels, blankets, bedding and other essentials.