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, many of which you can DIY. With all the money you’ll save, you’ll be able to buy even more stuff if you like.
These IKEA hampers fold down flat when not in use, but trust us: You'll find tons of uses for them. Fill them with stuffed animals, dress-up clothes or other toys. The large opening means it's easy for your child to pull items out—and put them back in during clean-up time. They're also handy for stocking with clothes that are out of season or that your child hasn't grown into yet. Stack them in your closet to save space. They're sturdy enough to remain upright, and the airy mesh sides mean they don't trap smells or moisture.
Available at ikea.com, $7.99.
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
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 board books 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
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 needs a home.
Idea: My Pink Life
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
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.
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.
featured photo: KathrinPie via Pixabay
— Ayren Jackson-Cannady