How to Organize a Baby's Closet

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Babies come with more accessories than a Fifth Avenue socialite, and storing their stuff presents a challenge for even the most organized parent. Since baby clothes don't take up much space, the closet in the baby's room can be organized to use every bit of space to keep clutter out of the room and behind closed doors. Even a small closet can hold everything your baby needs if you know how to maximize the space.

Things You'll Need

  • Mounting hardware
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hanging rods
  • Shelving system
  • 9-drawer cube storage system
  • Label maker
  • Large storage totes
  • Over-the-door organizer
  • Canvas drawers
  • Child-size hangers
  • Large basket
  • Pull everything out of the closet so you have a blank canvas.

  • Divide the closet in two. Mount two hanging rods on one side of the closet, allowing about 3 feet between them. Mount shelves on the other side of the closet, as well as over the hanging rods to use all of the vertical space.

  • Leave enough room beneath the shelves for the cube storage system. Assemble the system and put it in the closet. Anchor it to the wall so it cannot fall onto the baby.

  • Fold any clothes that are either too big or the wrong season. Put them in the storage totes and label them with size and season information. Store these on the top shelves.

  • Divide the remaining clothes by type. Hang items, if needed. Label one canvas drawer for each of the following categories--socks, pajamas, bodysuits, bottoms, outfits, bibs and burp cloths, shoes, blankets and diapers.

  • Fold clothes and place in the appropriate drawer. For sets, fold the matching bottoms around the top to keep the outfits together, and place them in the drawer labeled outfits.

  • Hang the over-the-door organizer. Use the pockets to store wipes, diaper ointment, suction bulb, lotion, hairbrush and accessories and other small items. It is also the perfect size to store pairs of shoes together.

  • Place toys in the basket and store beneath the lower hanging rod.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have room for a large cube system, choose a smaller system of four or six cubes. This piece of furniture is perfect for storing small baby clothing, and it can be used later to store toys. The color of the drawers can be changed out to match future decor. If you don't have a label maker, just write the categories on pieces of paper. After a few weeks, you will know exactly where everything belongs.
  • It is very important to properly secure all furniture in a baby's room. Toddlers and children often climb on their furniture, and they can easily pull heavy furniture over, resulting in injury or death. Use wall anchors with all large pieces of furniture.

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