This post is a guest post by Tracey Montford.
Designing a nursery is an exciting time. An essential part of the design is storage. Take the time to plan and pick pieces of furniture that will give you longevity and maximize space with storage.
Choose a larger dresser with multi draw sets, one that can be used beyond the baby years. The drawers should be deep and be able to hold plenty of clothes.
Use draw organizers to help separate socks, clothing, wraps etc from each other, will be an amazing help, especially when you’re rushing. Draw organizers will help to keep your draws neat and clutter free, making it easy to find what you want easily.
Utilize the wall space. Put up multiple shelves and store trinkets, photos and other special memories.
Shelves are a great way to decorate and store beautiful things you might collect along the way too.
- Laundry basket
Keep a good-sized laundry basket in the nursery and place it close to your baby changing table. This way used clothing can be put away immediately keeping the space neat.
Laundry baskets don’t need to be boring. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors and can be themed to your room.
- Standing shelf unit
Shelf units are very useful should you have the space.
Choose a large one that fits neatly up against a wall. Sort books and games and place them into easy accessible shelves.
Keep books organized into age appropriate sections. As baby grows you can progress onto the next section where favorites can also be found easily.
Invest in storage baskets that fit nicely into the cavities. Store multiple items such as Lego and other toys and keep separated for easy finding.
Store babies toys on the lower shelves. This way he or she can help themselves to their toys, especially as they get older.
Hang some items of clothing in the wardrobe to avoid over cluttering draws. Use pegs to attach the smaller items of clothing to the hangers.
Separate the various sizes with section dividers for visibility.
As baby grows out of clothes they can be taken down and stored away in a labeled storage tub for the next baby. This will free up space for more clothes too.
- Changing Station
Create separate areas in the nursery i.e. sleep, play, feeding and changing. Keep the changing table and other relevant items close by. Use baskets, draws etc. to store items used.
Some changing stations come with drawers. A great idea if you want to keep the nursery looking neat and tidy as nappies, creams and wipes can be kept close by and hidden.
- Stackable storage containers
Invest in multiple clear storage containers with lids that stack on top of each other. You are likely to have hand me downs and other items of clothing they currently do not fit. Label each box and stack neatly in the closet for easy access as needed.
Hooks are not only decorative but are very useful for hanging towels, jackets, bags etc. Position the hooks in a location for easy access.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to hang your hooks high, well out of reach from your toddler. Hooks positioned too low can be dangerous as toddlers are often in a hurry and do not always look where they are going.
When investing in a crib keep in mind the size of the nursery and if extra storage is required, cribs can be purchased with built in drawers. This solution is great for small nurseries that have little storage space available.
Attachable hanging pocket storage bags can also be purchased and attached to the side of the crib. Spare nappies, a change of clothes, spare pacifiers, blankets and wraps can all be kept in these handy storage solutions, for easy reach should you need to do a quick change in the night.
The space under the crib can also be put to great use. Baskets and or storage boxes can be used to store excess clothes and other items that are not in immediate use.
- Baby bag
Keep your baby bag well organized with spare wipes, nappies, and a change of clothes, changing mat, snacks and bottles if needed.
If you use items when out replace them when you get home and hang bag up for next time. This will help to ensure you never leave home unprepared.
Like many women out there, Tracey Montford is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively. Find out more at https://www.cakematernity.com/ or catch up with her on social @cakematernity.