by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
December 15, 2015
December 15, 2015
The nursery is a special and exciting place in a home: a baby’s first space. Sleeping, crying, diaper changing, laughter, bedtime stories, naps, lots of playing, and maybe even first steps take place in this little hideaway. But a nursery is also a collector: clothes and bibs, extra sheets and blankets, diapers, wipes, rags, toys, and books. A lot happens in the nursery and a lot is held in the nursery, so any new parent or new-once-again parent has no time for anything but an efficient space. With the precious chaos that can come with having a baby, optimizing nursery storage solutions is a must.
Not only can these solutions add great design elements to the nursery, they can also save mom and dad some serious wasted time and energy.
Probably the first and easiest storage solution for the nursery is purchasing furniture that already has storage built in. For instance, not only does this crib have storage space underneath the mattress, but it also converts into a toddler bed (still with storage). This extra shelf can be a great place to store a change of sheets, an extra blanket, or even a sound machine. These carefully chosen multi-use pieces will save time and money by providing a two-in-one.
One benefit of baby clothes is that they take up such little space. Even when hanging in the closet, these tiny clothes leave plenty of room for using the closet as a primary storage solution. Make use of vertical space by placing baskets, shoe racks, bookshelves, or even a small dresser in the closet. And remember one reassuring thing: closet doors can close. When a tired mom or dad doesn’t have time to clean up the nursery perfectly, the closet doors shut out the disorder for the moment.
A busy parent wants things to be quick and easy, especially when it comes to diaper changing time. In the end, it does not matter what furniture or storage was traditionally intended for, do what is best for you and your baby. Then make it easier on yourself by storing items right where you need them everyday. If you like using a changing table, go ahead and place the diapers and wipes in the top drawer. But if you prefer using a rug in the corner, place the diapers and wipes in a basket near reach.
Once a baby is on the move, all the things that could once chill out on the floor need to find a new home. One great way to organize well and get things off the floor for safety is to use wall space for storage. Hang stylish shoe organizers on the wall to store lotions, diaper cream, sunscreen, stain remover. and other necessary items. Or bring in the hanging fruit basket from the kitchen and the magazine rack from the living room as extra storage off the floor. Even wider spice racks can store children’s books.
Since every aspect of the baby’s life does not always happen in the nursery, it is a great idea to make your frequently used items portable. Fill baskets or vintage suitcases with toys, stuffed animals, and books. You can then easily move them from your bedroom, living room, or patio back to the nursery. A rolling cart can be convenient as well; you can create a portable changing station that moves from one place in the nursery to another, or even from room to room.
Nurseries should be comforting and inviting for the new baby and efficient for mom and dad. Keeping a house tidy and organized can be a challenge even without the active lifestyle of raising a baby. These storage solutions can help any parent create that orderly space.