Organizing Baby Items Without a Nursery


How to organize when the nursery is nonexistent |

Remember a few weeks ago when I just gave up on having the nursery perfect before the baby arrives? Well that’s coming to bite me in the ass a bit. Our baby shower was last weekend and we had to get all the stuff out of the living room. Now I know just the other day I posted my plans for the nursery but until all that happens I had to make room. The boxes and my bump won’t get along too much longer. Cue “Operation Organizing Baby Items”.

Clothes & Shoes:

  1. Separated all the clothes by size. Newborn, 0-3M, 3-6M, 6-9M, 9M & up, accessories (hats, socks, hair bows), supplies (blankets, sheets, washcloths, towels)
  2. Store the clothes. Clothes that came on hangers I hung in her closet. Everything else I separated into gift bags for now and placed sticky notes with the size on the bags. You could also store the clothes in totes or baskets if available.
  3. Store the bags as you would your own clothes. If your store in your closet or basement store the baby clothes the same way. For larger sizes I would suggest placing cedar balls in the bags so moths don’t eat the clothes.
  4. As you get closer to the due date begin washing the smaller sizes. I suggest washing all newborn and 0-3M clothes.
  5. When you finally get around to purchasing a dresser or storage bins, store the clothes as normal but still by size.
  6. All of her shoes are in a box for now, I ran out of gift bags.

Baby Gear:

  1. Travel System – We’re leaving it on the first floor. It needs to be put together and it’s going to the car so it makes sense to me.
  2. Umbrella stroller –  Storing in the coat closet for now. When she’s old enough to use it it’s going to the car. I would also suggest the basement but ours floods when it rains heavy and I would hate for the stroller to get destroyed.
  3. Playard – It’s going upstairs. It needs to be assembled and it’ll be in our room.
  4. Baby carrier – Storing in the downstairs closet. We actually received two so I may store the other in the trunk of the car.
  5. Diapers & wipes – Storing in the top of her closet.
  6. Bottle sterilizer – Storing in the pantry.
  7. Baby booster seat – Storing in the bottom of her closet.
  8. Bouncy seats – Storing in the bottom of her closet.


  • Luckily there is a floating shelf on the wall in her room. I need to clear off a few of my books but her’s still fit. I also have a DIY project for book ends, stay tuned for that.

Diaper bag:

  • It’s hanging in her closet for now. I removed all my bags from the hooks to make room for hers. 

Other Odds & Ends:

  • Bottles – They are still in the original packaging in a box in her room.
  • NoseFrida – Still in the original package in a box in her room.
  • Thermometer – Still in the original package in a box in her room.
  • Nursing Pillow – Still in the original package in the bottom of her closet.
  • Baby Tub – Still in the original package in the linen closet.
  • Toys – Still in the original package in a box in her room.

Honestly, I can’t imagine I would have stored things much different if the nursery was complete. The clothes would have a better home for now but that’s just until I can make a Target run for totes. I would place the smaller sizes in the dresser. I do plan to put an additional bar in the closet and hang more items. Maybe a shelf for her shoes.

So off topic, B just walked in and said “I looked at the calendar before I left work, she’s due in 6 weeks!” That just sent my nerves into overdrive!

Back to the organization…So I don’t have a dresser or cute little storage bins just yet but I’ve found a place for all of her things for the time being. B agreed to let me roam freely on foot after 37 weeks so maybe a trip to Home Goods or Ikea can solve some storage issues.

If you Don’t Have a Room for Baby:

  • Store items in clear storage bins with labels
  • Ask for gift cards so you can buy what you need as you need it
  • Don’t overstock on diapers and wipes, they aren’t going anywhere
  • After assembly leave the stroller in the trunk. If you don’t have a car get a baby carrier and wear your baby.
  • Buy eBooks instead of physical books
  • Buy a folding tub and store under the bed when not in use
  • Don’t go crazy buying toys

Let me know if you have any ideas for how to keep all these baby clothes in tact.


August 7, 2015
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