Baby Nursery Storage Tips and Ideas
Nursery storage worries can really get a mom-to-be in a tizz!
You see, the thing about tiny people, is that they come with so much tiny stuff! Tiny heads need tiny hats. Miniature hands need miniature mittens. And those perfect baby toes seem to need so many cute little booties and socks. (Why do they need so many shoes anyway?)
Baby nursery storage is not a matter to be taken lightly! If you are not well organized, you can quickly feel like a tired salmon swimming upstream!
So, what's the solution?
Lots of them.
With liners and without.
Different sizes, different shapes.
Under the changing table, in the closets.
Storage baskets will be your number one nursery storage sanity saver!
And speaking of closets, take a look at these great closet organizers.
See all those spaces just waiting for baskets?
Ok - so where do we start?
Your nursery storage requirements are best determined by allocating a space to every item on your Baby Layette List.
This sounds a little overwhelming, I know, but I'm here to make it a relatively painless process. (Hopefully!)
To make your life easier, I have created a detailed Nursery Storage List for you to follow.
The outline is based on the Creative Baby Nursery Rooms Baby Layette List.
Change the baby layette list by adding extra items, or taking off items that you feel you won't need. Then adapt the nursery storage list accordingly.
After this you will be ready to make some decisions regarding your baby nursery furniture.
Baby Nursery Storage Step-By-Step:
Five Baby Nursery Furniture Essentials
In order to fulfill your nursery storage requirements, determined above, you will have to make a choice among the many available items of baby nursery furniture available.
There are many ways to skin a cat, so they say. (Thankfully, I have no personal experience in this area!) How you choose to skin yours will depend mainly on four factors...
If you have plenty of space and a generous budget, go to town.
Your primary concern will be to buy baby nursery furniture that is safe, user-friendly and attractive.
Don't worry about buying too much - when it comes to little people you can never have too much storage space! Just make sure that it will all fit nicely in your baby nursery by drawing a baby nursery floor plan before you buy everything.
Find out how to draw floor plans for your baby nursery here.
Click here to see a complete list of your baby nursery furniture options, and browse our baby nursery furniture pages to find out what's available and what works.
If (like most of us) you are not quite so lucky, follow me...
After all the ups and downs of birthing, feeding, changing, dressing and generally pampering four precious babies, I think I can safely say that I know what works, and what doesn't, in terms of organizing yourself for baby on a budget.
There are many baby nursery furniture options available on the market today. Most are not necessary, however.
In my opinion, you only really need five items of furniture for your baby nursery.
A Baby Nursery Storage Plan
To Save You Space and Money
So, how are you going to fit all that stuff into so little space? - Ah - I have a plan!
And the plan is simple.
First let's take a look at what you actually need to store in the baby nursery...
(From the Baby Room Storage List)
Near the changing area:(Click here for the detailed baby room storage list.)
Near the feeding area:
Anywhere in the baby nursery:
In a closet:
(Not necessarily in the baby nursery. You may need an armoire if you do not have closet space, either in the baby nursery, or in another room.)
*Items marked with an asterisk are nice-to-haves, but not essential.
- and you'll realize it's really not that much - that's why the plan is so simple!
Now let's start packing your baby goodies away...
Using the nursery storage space provided by your five essential pieces of baby nursery furniture, and a few shelves, it's easy to find plenty of space:
1. The baby crib.
Store 3 blanket baskets under here.
If the crib you have chosen has storage drawers, use these instead of baskets.
2. The nightstand.
Your baby lamp, nursery night light and tissues go on top. Store your feeding items in a drawer here. If you have a table with no drawers, put your feeding basket underneath.
3. The changing table / dresser.
4. Rocker or glider.
Keep your nursing pillow here.
Put up 2 medium length shelves somewhere in the nursery. (Not above the crib - this is a safety hazard.
On one shelf, set up your *music and toy basket. On the second shelf, arrange your nicely folded pretty baby towels. They give the baby nursery a warm, cozy feel. (You can also fold them in baskets on the shelf if you prefer.)
Alternatively you can buy baby changing tables with hutch attachments that provide storage just where you need it most.
Or consider this diaper shack.
6. Closet space.
This is where things get a bit trickier, but be creative. If you don't have enough closet space, and don't have space or budget for an armoire, follow these tips:
If you do intend to store things in your baby room closet, a closet organizer is a great way to make the most use of the space.
If cost is a concern, go for a canvas option.
Or you could always try installing a few shelves of your own.
Now you have customized your layette and nursery storage list, and you know what your must-have furniture needs are. It's time to start furniture-hunting for those few necessities.
Start by finding a baby crib that you like (if you haven't already), as well as, a baby changing table, nightstand, and rocker or glider chair.
If your nursery is very small, click here for unique nursery furniture space-saving ideas before you start furniture-hunting.
If your budget is limited visit our discount baby cribs page, and discount baby furniture page, for ideas to stretch your cash further.
Click here to browse our nursery furniture pages for options...
And voila - you're done.
Everything you need for baby, tucked away in its own little nursery storage space ready for the big day!
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