5 Tricks to Declutter Your Nursery

Keep your nursery looking as clean and organized as the day you came home from the hospital.
save article
profile picture of Sarah Newell
Updated April 24, 2017
Hero Image
Image: Erin Drago

Amanda Wiss, the founder of Urban Clarity, a professional organizing company, shares her expert advice for creating a tidy nursery.

1. Buy storage-friendly furniture
Get a crib with drawers underneath or buy a crib skirt and some under-bed boxes, which are great for stashing all those excess diapers and wipes. Still short on storage? Consider a cube system like the IKEA STUVA, which can grow with your tot and be outfitted with drawers and doors to hold toys and books.

2. Trick out your closet
Use every inch of space already available in your nursery by maximizing your closet’s storage. Little outfits are short, so double your closet space easily using a double-hang closet rod on one side. Then use a portion of your closet to create flexible shelving by adding a sweater bag.

3. Containerize everything
Find attractive open bins for the shelves of your changing table and give each bin a specific category. Inside your closet you’ll want to use clear, stackable containers so you can see exactly what’s there. Label them with size and season. For example, seeing “12-month, summer clothes” is a lot more helpful than having to take down a huge bin of hand-me-downs from the top shelf and then having to dig through. Important: Whatever you do, skip the toy bin! It just becomes a repository for all the tiny pieces, and ends up with stuff on top of it, so your child will never be able to open it to retrieve those stuffed animals anyway.

4. Go vertical
Have a small nursery? No problem! Utilize your vertical space — backs of doors and even the walls are often overlooked areas. Have excess toiletries or tiny shoes? Put an over-the-door shoe bag with clear pockets on the inside of your closet door so that you can compartmentalize all the small stuff and keep it from cluttering up your surfaces. Stick the thermometer in the top row right next to the Infants’ Tylenol, so next time your baby has a fever in the middle of the night you know exactly how to find it (and it’ll be too high for them to reach as they grow!). Have a ton of pictures or other keepsakes to display? Don’t clutter your dresser — hang floating shelves on the wall to show off your treasures. It will look intentional instead of haphazard, and once your child is more mobile, he won’t be able to destroy them so easily.

Related Video

5. Toss the junk
Having a baby often means you’re showered with gifts. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep and love everything Cousin Gertrude gave you! Take a picture of your kiddo wearing the item or playing with it, write her a thank-you note and put it in the outbound pile. As a parent you need to constantly manage both the inflow and outflow of stuff in your space, so dedicate a bag or two for things that are no longer in active use, and once they are full, get them out. Store the items that you love that make the cut for a future child, but pass others along to a mommy friend with different taste or donate them. Swimming in excess samples from the hospital? Stash a few in your diaper bag, use up the ones you love and toss the rest! You don’t need random stuff you’ll rarely use.

save article

Next on Your Reading List

Best Gliders And Rockers-hero
The 11 Best Nursery Rocking Chairs and Gliders for Baby’s Room
By Martina Garvey
Best Nursery Rugs
16 Best Nursery Rugs for Every Style and Theme
By Christin Perry
best fitted crib sheets 2023
The Best Crib Sheets for Your Little One’s Sleep Space
By Emma O'Regan-Reidy
Delta Children Partners with Gap to Launch a New Category of Baby and Kids' Products
Gap and Delta Children Collab on New Nursery and Baby Gear Line
By Wyndi Kappes
boho nursery ideas
39 Whimsical Boho Nursery Decor Ideas
By Emma O'Regan-Reidy
counting sheep nursery wallpaper decal
20 Nursery Wallpapers and Wall Decals to Brighten Up Baby’s Room
By Martina Garvey
Shawn Johnson gives birth to a baby boy.
Shawn Johnson East Reveals Her Son’s Adorable Nursery With a Video Tour
By Lauren Barth
Connie Wong's baby nursery tour
Tour a Bright, Celestial Nursery in San Francisco’s Bay Area
By Cassie Kreitner
iconic wonder woman with cape
30 Wonder Woman Items That Give Your Baby's Nursery ALL the Girl Power
By Rose Walano
girl playing in her decorated room
Bed Bath & Beyond Launches Its First Kids’ Brand and It’s Beyond Cute
By Nehal Aggarwal
How to Create a Safe Nursery
How to Create a Safe Nursery
By The Bump Editors
drew barrymore launches flower home kids collection with walmart
Drew Barrymore Launches Whimsical Home Decor Line for Kids
By Stephanie Grassullo
parents are spending fortunes to decorate their baby's nurseries
Some Parents Reportedly Spend $100K Just to Decorate Baby's Nursery
By Stephanie Grassullo
Monica + Andy launches kids' furniture collection.
This Adorable Collection of Kids' Furniture Will Give Your Playroom a Boost
By Stephanie Grassullo
llama products and decor for baby
The Cutest Llama-Themed Baby Gear to Satisfy Your Obsession
By Holly Pevzner
pink baby bedding
8 Unbelievably Cute Crib Bedding Sets You’ll Want for Baby’s Nursery
By Kelsey Paine
side by side of HGTV star Joanna Gaines and her new baby crew's nursery
Joanna Gaines Dishes on How to Get Baby Crew’s Nursery Look
By Laurie Ulster
toddler riding custom star wars rocking horse made by his dad
Dad Makes Star Wars-Inspired Baby Furniture and It's Out of This World
By Laurie Ulster
simple, modern baby nursery
Tips for Decorating the Nursery
By Paula Kashtan
kids nursery with polka dot tee-pee set up
The Best Kids Teepee for Every Budget and Style
By Holly Pevzner
Article removed.
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List