Not sure where to put all of baby’s stuff? Before you spend your money on high-priced furniture, baskets and bins, read on for some clever—and cost-effective—organizational ideas you can DIY. With all the money you’ll save, you’ll be able to buy even more stuff if you like.

Changing Station Organizer

Hang a peg board over the changing table and decorate it with a mix of cool accessories and necessities: baskets filled with butt cream and wipes, baby's monogram, and a favorite toy to distract during diaper changes. It'll all be out of the way but easily in reach. Win-win!

Idea: 100 Layer Cake-Let

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Book Baskets

Keep your bookworm's hardcovers and pop-ups looking brand-new by stashing them in hanging baskets. Put the special reads (like Grandma's hand-me-downs) in  higher baskets out of baby's reach, and keep sturdier faves on lower shelves.

Idea: Apartment Therapy

Clipboard for Accessories

Keep small items like headbands, bowties or hats in order with this cute DIY clipboard. To make it, get some pallet wood (paint it if you like) and use wood glue to adhere clothespins across it. When your child gets older, use it to organize jewelry, award ribbons or other small items.

Idea: Tinker With This

Burlap-Covered Boxes

Lots of diapers means plenty of empty diaper boxes. Reduce, reuse and recycle by wrapping the boxes in burlap or your favorite patterned fabric or wrapping paper. Fill the boxes with diapers, onesies, baby toys or anything else that need a home.

Idea: My Pink Life

Closet Dividers

If you received clothes in various sizes at your baby shower or stocked up during Black Friday sales, you may find your baby's closet overrun with items in multiple sizes, making it hard to find what actually fits. To keep clothing organized by size, decorate plain wooden door hangers. If your closet bar isn't removable, hang the divider signs on a pretty ribbon.

Idea: Blissfully Domestic

Diaper Decor

Diapers are so much a part of your baby's room (and both of your lives!), you might as well make them part of the decor. In this clever hack, a shower caddy doubles as a handy and supercute diaper holder/display. Add a few coats of spray paint to match it to your nursery's color scheme.

Idea: Junk in the Trunk Vintage

Floating Shelves

A few inexpensive wooden boxes, some paint and hangers to affix them to your nursery wall are all you need for this eye-catching, and endlessly customizable, wall decor. It can hold books, toys, photos and much more. Best of all, you can keep adding to the display if you need more storage space, or rearranging it as your needs change. 

Idea: Juliana de Giacomi via Handmade Charlotte

Mini Chalkboard Clips

Attach these mini chalkboards (they come with attached clothespins) to toy bins, laundry baskets, storage baskets and more! This decorative way to label containers keeps items organized and gives you better oversight into what you have.

Available at amazon.com, $8.99 for a pack of 12.

What are your favorite ideas for organizing baby’s room on a budget? Tell us about it in the comments.

— Ayren Jackson-Cannady

 

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