Having a baby calls for many resources, which can seemingly pile up in all corners of your nursery. Many new and expecting parents acquire an enormous amount of clothing, baby bedding, toys, baby blankets, bath, baby care and grooming items. Don’t let your closet turn into a hoarding frenzy. There are several ways to make your nursery appear roomy and neat. All it takes is a little planning and finding creative ways to conserve space.

Here are several storage space ideas to get the most use out of your nursery:

Be Picky

First you need to figure out what stays and what goes. If you are a pack rat like me, you have a tendency to retain items you don’t need right now, but may possibly use in the future. Don’t rationalize too much. You’ve got to let go of these items. Cutting down on clutter is an absolute must in the home décor world. Try giving away or selling some objects. You can make some extra money and someone else will put your items to good use. Take out the old baby checklist for nursery items and run an inventory on what you need. That may help you toss out the items you don’t.

Add Storage

People normally view things horizontally, at eye-level or below. Start out arranging things vertically and take advantage of your lovely wall space. There are a lot of stylish shelves, cabinets and cupboards that are perfect for storing small items. They are also great for keeping items out of reach from children. You will be childproofing your home for several years so take advantage of keeping things up high. Use baskets or storage bins for the shelves to conceal the clutter. If you do have bins at a lower level, put labels or photos and teach your little youngster to put items away.

More Than Books

Having a tall bookcase is a gem to have for your nursery. It can be a beautiful décor furniture piece to make the corner of your room look like a small library. I would suggest lots of baskets or bins for storage. A buddy of mine turned her bookcase horizontally, added small, custom shelves and turned her bookcase into a cubby space. It is a terrific organizational piece of furniture that has ample space for storage and works well in any room. Just make sure to use fasteners to prevent the bookcase from tipping over.

Hide and Go Seek

A toy chest is a fantastic storage space to have in your nursery. You can store linens like baby blankets, crib bedding, and burp blankets. Or scoop up the endless amount of toys so they can have a happy home in their toy chest. Another great storage space is under the crib or bed. It is easy to put a few bins under there and hide it with the dust ruffle. You can also search out furniture with storage space, like a nightstand or children’s table with drawers.

Double Up

The nursery closet closet is the essential place for organization. At a minimum, you should already have a bar to hang the baby clothes. Take advantage of double hanging by adding an additional bar under the first one. Since that should only take up a few feet of vertical space, try adding more shelves. The higher the better. You can stack several storage bins or even put a dresser in your closet. If you have a closet door, take advantage of that vertical space by getting a closet door rack. You should use just about every inch of your closet, from top to bottom for storage space.

Your nursery doesn’t have to look like a clutter bomb exploded in it. With a few organizational items you can easily make your nursery clutter-free. Take some measurements today and strategize how you want to organize your closet. Roll up your sleeves and get organized today!