How to Organize Your Baby's Closet
Babies seem to grow in the blink of an eye. As soon as you know it, they are saying their first words and eventually taking steps on their own. As they experience all of these life milestones, little ones also use and require a lot of, well, stuff—they put everyday essentials, like onesies, socks, and diapers, and baby shower gifts to good use on a daily basis. Because of this, their closets often overflow from the get-go. To help you keep everything in order, we tapped a few organizing experts to share their best tips for keeping this area in shape over time. Ahead, everything you need to know about organizing your baby's closet seamlessly.
Map out your plans.
According to Kenika Williams, a professional organizer and the owner of Tidied by K, the best first step towards wrangling your baby's closet is deciding which clothes to hang or fold and store in drawers. If her clients don't have a preference, she puts pajamas, onesies, pants, leggings, and jeans (unless any of these items are part of a set) into drawers. She recommends arranging shirts, blouses, dresses, and rompers on hangers. Other essentials, like towels, hats, blankets, and scarves, can simply rest in baskets. "Secondly, I'd organize everything by size to ensure the baby doesn't miss out on those cute outfits," Williams explains. "As soon as items come in, take the time to organize clothes by size and store them where they should live."
Choose the best storage tools possible.
Before you organize your baby's belongings, you'll want to have a few storage must-haves on hand. Erin Hardy, the national manager of design at California Closets, recommends bins or "drawers that have cubbies or dividers to organize these small items that can get messy." Styles that have glass front drawers can be especially helpful; they allow you to see what's inside, which comes in handy during quick outfit changes. Ones with adjustable interior dividers, on the other hand, allow you to customize the storage space as they continue to grow—and luckily, you can install them yourself. One of Williams' favorites is the mDesign Adjustable Drawer Organizer ($23, amazon.com). She also recommends the JIAKAI Honeycomb Drawer Organizer ($8.88, amazon.com) to keep smaller essentials—like tights, socks, undergarments, and bibs—nice and tidy.
And don't forget about hangers, either. Williams notes that velvet iterations are her go-tos—just make sure you use varieties that fit the size of your little one's clothes. Also, keep hanging dividers in rotation, like Willbond Rack Dividers ($10.95, amazon.com), which will help you note and organize hanging baby clothes by size in his or her closet.
Make everything easily accessible.
Easy access is key, say our experts. "My preferred solution for my own kids' shoes, specifically, has been placing baskets at an accessible height for me and my children," Hardy says. "As they grow, children can reach into the basket to participate in selecting their own shoes." As for other ways to practice this? Hang items you'll reach for on a daily basis at eye-level, so they are always in sight and within an arm's reach, and designate other spaces (either higher up or behind a return wall) for non-essentials, she adds. Williams shares that you can also pair outfits on the same hanger for better access (especially for clothes that were bought in a set); also consider a hanging shoe product, like the KIMBORA Handing Storage Organizer ($14, amazon.com).
Organize as your baby grows.
Last, but not least, Williams and Hardy both advise keeping a basket or bin around to hold outgrown clothes or garments that are out of season to avoid a major overhaul down the road. "After three to six months (or a time frame that works for you) or once the bins are full, determine where the bins will go," Williams explains. "Maybe you'll donate the items to friends or family, maybe they'll go to a local women and child's shelter, or maybe you'll put them in the attic if you're expecting, so the clothes can be passed down."