The Organized Nursery
Professional organizer Candita Clayton shares how to organize all of the newborn necessities, plus gives tips on shopping for nursery furniture and setting up a room for siblings.
Baby clothes: Layette items should be available at the changing table/bureau for easy reach during frequent newborn changing. Utilize baskets, bins and containers that are designed specifically with the changing table in mind. Keeping like items together will help to create a system that will make staying organized easier. A well-designed closet will really help to keep all the little items of clothing together. Shelving fitted with appropriate containers and baskets is the best for keeping folded items organized and categorized. Small wooden hangers are great for special occasion clothing and to keep upcoming sizes of special clothing in view. Frequently, new parents receive lots of clothing as baby gifts so organizing it by size is key. For example if a baby fits in clothing in the 3-6 month category for the first few months, then bigger sizes should be containerized and labeled with size and season.
Diaper changing essentials: The changing table/bureau should include all essential items for changing the baby’s clothing and diapers. A diaper caddy is a great way to keep diapers, wipes, lotions and creams together. Once a family determines the rooms or areas outside of the nursery where they will spend most of their time with the baby, diaper changing essentials should also be kept in these areas.
Bedding: Reserve a shelf or an appropriate size container in the closet or under the crib for extra bedding.
Medicines: Keep medicine where you would administer it. If your child is teething you would want to have the teething gel both in the nursery, and in your diaper bag. A small lidded plastic container is a good place to store all necessary medicines (of course, out of reach of the baby or other children). Returning everything to its place will insure that you will have what you need when necessary.
Finding the Right Furniture
Time frame is an important consideration. It is best to order furniture 12–15 weeks before the baby’s scheduled due date. This time frame will insure that furniture arrives, can be assembled and that other nursery components can be put into place.
Consider how the furniture will fit in with the overall decor of the house and the size of the room.
Ask yourself: Will the furniture be used for more than one child? If so, gender-neutral and classic styling is important. You wouldn’t want to purchase furniture that is so trendy it will feel dated by the time your second or third child is born.
Setting Up a Room for Siblings
Families that live in smaller city spaces are likely to be faced with tight quarters when a new baby enters the family. Space planning must really be considered. If an older sibling will be sharing the room, a design that is appealing to both children is a must. Colors and patterns that will stimulate both children as well as fun, functional furnishings will keep them both happy. Consider furnishings that allow for innovative storage such as a toddler bed with under-bed storage. A well-appointed closet will diminish the need for additional furniture pieces in the room.
Professional organizer Candita Clayton tackles organizing projects of all sizes, from basements to clothing closets. For more information, visit her Web site: www.yourlifeorganized.com