There is a long list of things to do to prepare for a new addition to your family and it can be very easy for excitement and joy to turn into stress. One of the best and simplest things you can do for your nursery is install baby closet organizers. Let's face it, babies need a lot of stuff and having a place where all your baby items and clothing can be stored and organized makes a huge difference! Baby closet organizers help to control clutter, provide ample storage and can be less costly than some popular baby storage furniture.
Baby closet organizers can be fun, functional and affordable
Want to pinch cheeks and pennies? Baby closet organizers don't have to cost a lot. Remember, your little one will grow up, so the closet may have to be reconfigured or adjusted in a few years, so unless you are installing an adjustable custom closet organizer system, there are some cost effective ways to store your baby's belongings and necessities. If you plan on purchasing additions to a current closet system to make a baby closet organizer, we've got a few tips.
- Slide a hanging closet organizer on to the closet rod. A hanging baby closet organizer can consist of canvas or material shelving and provides hanging compartments for blankets, burp cloths or diapers or hanging pouches to store smaller items such as baby booties, toys or accessories. Various types of hanging closet organizers can be purchased from Stacks and Stacks including the picture shown here.
- Purchase a modular closet organizer or small drawer unit. This can be placed on the floor leaving room for shelving or hanging clothes above. Diapers, diaper accessories and baby clothing are great in drawers; they stay organized and each item has a dedicated space.
- Install an extra hanging rod. Simple closet hanging rods such as closet pole and bracket systems are easily installed and easily removed. Baby clothing that is hung in the closet does not take up as much space as adult clothing so you can double up on hanging space by installing a closet rod closely above or below an existing one. Triple hanging sections can be created this way leaving more storage space for other baby items, drawer units and developmental accessories like baby walkers.
- Use boxes and baskets in your baby closet organizers. Closet shelves can become easily crowded and tiny baby clothing and similar items can be hard to stack or store on longer shelves. Separating baby clothing items and designating a plastic, wicker or canvas box for each will keep things organized. You may have one box or basket for onezies, one for tops, one for bottoms, one for accessories and so forth.
- Leave space in your baby closet organizer for a hamper or multi-compartment hamper so that your baby's laundry doesn't clutter up the nursery. Make it accessible (you'll be doing laundry a lot).
Growing Up Organized
Well, no one can be Peter Pan; we all grow up (or at least grow taller) and your little one will be walking and talking before you know it. It's hard to imagine now, but one day your little bundle of joy will be a teenager (gasp), but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The point I'm making is that some baby closet organizers can be adjusted to accommodate children of all ages as they grow up.
- Modular baby closet organizers can be purchased and installed just like a regular closet organizer. If this is something you would like to look into, just remember to include shelving, compartments, drawers and hanging rods that will be easy for you to access now and easy for a small child to utilize as your baby gets older. A good idea is to include a small long hang section for future dresses or coats. The space can be utilized now by adding one or more hanging baby closet organizers in the space until the long hang section is needed.
- Custom baby closet organizers will cost a bit more, but they come with the added feature of a professional closet design consultation. Full service custom closet companies specialize in creating custom storage to fit your personal needs. Explain to your designer that the closet system will be used for newborn clothing and needs, but will also need to function throughout your child's youth.
- Hanging baby closet organizers can also stand the test of time. Since these units hang on closet rods, they can be mixed and matched to fit any baby's or any teenager's needs. If you purchase units that are specifically made for a baby closet, then you can always use them again if you decide to expand your family or give them to someone who can benefit from their functionality as well.
Remember, the best way to keep track of so many tiny (and adorable) baby items is to separate and organize everything that your baby needs and baby closet organizers are perfect for this!
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