1) Buy a Cot with Decent Storage
You can avoid many future storage problems, early on, by keeping these potential problems in mind when shopping for nursery items. When shopping for a cot or crib, for example, look for one with drawers or storage space underneath. Because cots and cribs take up a considerable amount of space, they can make great areas to store toys, spare sheets or bedclothes, and anything else.
2) Downsize the Wardrobe
Most of us find it difficult to give away or recycle our own old clothes, so it’s no surprise that many parents find themselves hanging onto old baby clothes too. The problem is, however, that because your little one grows so fast, you’re going to find yourself with drawers and drawers full of old onesies, jumpers, shirts, and bibs.
If you find your little one’s nursery is getting cluttered, this might be the first place to start. If you plan on holding onto old clothes for a future baby, consider packing these up in some water-resistant storage boxes, and putting them in the attic or somewhere else they’ll be out of the way. Alternatively, ask around amongst your friends - or on Facebook - if anyone needs any clothes for their new baby. You can also donate these to a charity shop or somewhere else where they’ll be put to good use.
3) Make the Most of Closet Space
Chances are, before your baby’s nursery was a nursery, it was a regular room with a regular closet. Because closet’s tend to be designed for adult sized clothes, they have a single bar for hanging clothes. To get the most out of your baby’s closet space, add a second bar below the first and you’ve now doubled your closet space.
Additionally, you can add some storage boxes or canvas bags at the foot of the closet, to keep clothes or toys or anything else that might be causing clutter.
4) Consider a Well-Designed Baby Changing Table
A decent changing table, with plenty of drawers and space to keep all the necessary items, can help make keep the room organised and clutter-free. It will also make life much easier for you when changing your baby.
You can keep everything in one convenient place - which means you won’t be scrambling around trying to remember where you left that box of baby wipes - and will usually have a comfortable, sturdy area at the top to lay your baby down when changing.
5) Picture-Book Shelves
Children’s books have a tendency to stack up over time and can take up a fairly serious amount of space in your nursery. Instead of devoting shelf or floor space to these books, you can make the most out of wall space by using thin picture-book shelves around the room. These allow you to stack books all along the wall, saving space and preventing clutter.
6) Folding Furniture
When shopping for furniture for your nursery, consider buying furniture that can be folded up and stored away with ease. For clothes hampers and baskets, look for ones that are collapsible. For a nursing chair, explore a sturdy but easily foldable chair that can lean in a corner of the room when not in use.
Buy keeping this simple tip in mind when shopping for your nursery, you can make the most of the space and keep it from feeling cluttered down the line.
7) Cot Tidy
This is another great little item for storing away bibs, extra bedclothes and other nursery accessories. Quite simply, you hang the cot tidy on the end or side of a cot, and it holds whatever items you like.
8) Resist the Urge to Save Every Souvenir
We know this can be tough. As parents, our natural urge is to collect every souvenir or item associated with all the big milestones of childhood. There’s the onesie your daughter wore when she took her first steps. There’s the stuffed giraffe your baby’s grandmother brought the first time she saw him.
Over time, however, all these souvenirs and keepsakes add up. Pretty soon, you’re going to have to make a decision and clear away piles of items. In order to avoid this time-consuming - and difficult -process in the future, try to be practical along the way, by getting rid of any but the most important souvenirs and keepsakes.
Trust us, you’ll be happy you took this approach down the line.