1. Keep baby items in lots of small storage boxes
Since baby clothes, accessories and other items are typically small, it doesn’t make much sense to store them like you would your regular grown-up clothes. Small storage boxes, baskets and containers will be your organising saviours, as they can be configurated to maximise your drawer space and keep everything clearly separated. Plus, this tip is useful whether you have a large or small dresser.
2. Roll up baby's clothes
Now that you’ve got your small containers in place, the next step is to take a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s revolutionary method — make sure that your items can be clearly seen. An easy and fuss-free way to do this? Roll up those tiny onesies, t-shirts and leggings and keep them standing up so you’ll have a birds-eye view of everything. For diapers, stack them horizontally instead of vertically, so you can visually keep track of how many you have.
3. Use clear organisers for shallow drawers
For shallow drawers, use lucite or acrylic organisers like these that help keep all your bits and bobs neat and tidy. Because we all know that things like nail clippers can easily get lost, having a designated spot for these small essentials is really important. One look and you can instantly tell when something isn’t there.
4. Store baby essentials in a utility cart
Learning to roll with the punches is just part and parcel of mummy life. That’s why this tip by mum and Seattle-based professional organiser Lisa is absolutely genius — using a rolling utility cart is a great solution for keeping baby supplies organised and accessible. Lisa aptly calls it a “mobile diaper changing station”, and having three separate compartments keeps things from getting messy. The top section holds diapers, wipes, pads, ointments for easy access; middle section is for onesies and other clothing; the bottom section is for swaddles, nursing and burping items. And when baby graduates from diapers, you can easily repurpose the cart to hold other things!
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5. It's a great space-saver too!
A utility cart is also a great space-maximising solution, for when you run out of drawer space or don’t want to waste time rummaging through drawers for your supplies.
6. Use canisters for more sensitive supplies
For things like pacifiers and cotton balls, it’s better to use see-through canisters or closed jars that keep the dust and pests out, while allowing you to keep track of your things. You can get containers from cheap discount stores like Donki, Miniso and Daiso.
7. Keep it uniformed
Reduce visual clutter by using the same type of baskets throughout. You can differentiate them with labels if need be, but having a uniform look throughout is surely good for helping you maintain some sanity, especially when baby items are already a myriad of colours!
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8. Use a shoe organiser for baby clothes and bibs
If you’re really starved for space, this method is a lifesaver. Use an over-the-door shoe organiser that’s just right for storing baby onesies, bibs, t-shirt, pants and more. Totally space-saving and keeps things within easy reach too! Use an organiser with clear pockets to make things even more convenient.
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9. Keep baby headbands organised too
Headbands have become a kind of fashion statement for babies (although let’s be real, they’re really for mum’s Instagram feed). If you find yourself drowning in these tiny, adorable headpieces, make like mummy blogger Ashley Hetrick and do this. All you need are some small, clear stick-on hooks and some thin ribbon and you’ve got yourself an easy DIY storage solution for the headbands.
10. Use handy closet dividers
As babies outgrow their clothes every few months, it can be hard to keep track of the piles of baby clothes that you’ve bought or been gifted. Mums have taken to using closet dividers, kind of like the ones you see in the stores, to organise clothing by age — so newborn, 0-3 months, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and so on. Nifty!
11. Make use of low storage
Got some space below your baby’s crib or closet? Don’t let the space go to waste! Get some soft laundry boxes from places like Ikea and Daiso that are created to fit perfectly underneath beds and other furniture. Perfect for storing baby’s clothes they’ve outgrown or can’t wear yet, or things like blankets, baby winter wear and toys.
12. Hang baskets along the wall
Store things like towels, hats, jackets and other supplies in wire baskets that you can hang along the wall for easy access. It’s a great way to maximise vertical space! You can use tension rods or Command hooks that won’t require any drilling, and can be easily removed once you don’t need them anymore. \
13. Keep toys within easy reach
For stuffed toys, rattles and even books, keep them off the floor and close to baby with a crib organiser that you can tie to the cot. This helps have baby’s toys within your easy reach when you’re playing with baby, as well as keep the crib clutter-free and comfortable.
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