Organization Ideas for Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms

nursery organizationSince I have officially entered my third trimester things with the nursery project have started to move along rather quickly. I’m not sure if this is considered normal “nesting” or me just freaking out that we still have a (mostly) empty room to bring our baby home to as of now. As some of you may have seen on my Instagram stories, we have been focusing a lot on the closet lately. We have had to get very creative with organization and storage since it is such a unique and oddly-shaped space. I decided to gather some of my inspiration from all over the web, including organization for closets, drawers, books and more to help give an idea of where we’re headed. Continue reading below to see some of my favorite ideas for keeping those little ones’ rooms neat and tidy!

nursery organization

nursery organization1. Closets: There are so many ways to add organization to your closets these days! You can either go with a custom closet or get creative (like we had to) and come up with organization on your own – a much more affordable route to take. If you’ve followed along with Sarah’s amazing home renovation you probably saw some of her custom closets with ClosetMaid. We almost went that route and then realized it wasn’t an option for us because of our slanted ceilings and peculiar spaces. Instead we are adding some independent storage shelves and drawers, baskets/bins and clothing rods for items that require hanging. I love the combined use of cubes, baskets and boxes in the images above. These are perfect for hiding away unsightly items. I also like how the clothes are hung neatly and aren’t too crammed and the color palettes work well together. The extra shelves for books or shoe storage don’t hurt either (I may plan to have one or two of these already because baby shoes KILL me). Both of these spaces make the OCD side of me feel giddy and I know I would continually work hard to keep them looking this organized!

nursery organization2. Books: Since teaching elementary students is my day job, children’s books have always held a special place in my heart. I loved reading as a child and I love the amount of adorable, imaginative books for little ones available today. Although I will always love the classics (looking at you Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, and The Rainbow Fish), I tend to lean more towards books with wonderful illustrations and typography these days. When choosing books for our babies nursery I carefully selected books I would want to display and read over and over again. I want to choose books that encourage creativity and help our little babe dream big. We plan to use floating shelves to display our collection of books like in the image above. I also love the idea of using baskets and sorting them by genre, age level, topic, etc.

nursery organization3. Baskets: Storing books isn’t the only thing you can use baskets for. Baskets are one of my favorite ways to organize because you can store anything in them and they instantly add texture to any room (plus everything is hidden)! For nurseries or kids’ rooms you could use them as a hamper, a way to store blankets or even outgrown clothes. In a closet you could use baskets to store toys, ointments and creams and more! We will probably have quite a few different types of baskets in our new room.

nursery organization4. Drawers: What better way to sort all our kiddos clothes than by using drawer organizers? I saw this idea on Jillian Harris‘ blog and I immediately added these organizers to our registry. Not only can you sort clothing items by item type, but you can sort them by color, size, pattern, etc. Plus things are so much easier to find when they aren’t stacked on top of one another and it makes dressing baby or child so much easier.

nursery organization5. Wall Hangers: One alternative for book shelves is wall hangers. I love this round, natural one used to organize cute toys and shoes. You may have to get creative with styling tiny pieces on an item like this but it adds something different to the room – which I love! Not to mention, it’s the perfect contrast against that wallpaper (spoiler alert: you may or may not be seeing more of this adorable wallpaper to come in the near future).

Those are just a few of the ways I plan to bring organization to our nursery. I think staying neat and tidy in these rooms creates an even more calming atmosphere for the little ones we place in there. What are some of the ways you bring organization to your nurseries and kids’ rooms? Share your ideas in the comments below!

images: project nursery, jillian harris, a beautiful mess, sacramento street, jillian harris, a cup of jo

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  1. Can you tell me what drawer organizers you are using? Such a great idea!

  2. Viktoriaj says:

    I’m also curious about the drawer organizers! Thanks!

  3. These ideas are so great, and those drawer organizers are genius. I’d also love to hear what books you chose! I’m always looking for new books to add to our collection.

    1. Jacqueline says:

      Hi Kerry! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I love the “This is…” collection by Miroslav Sasek and the “All Aboard” books by Kevin and Haily Meyers. I also love Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen. Gaston and Friends and Hudson in Provence books are fun for dog lovers like me! Hope this helps some. :-)

  4. Do you happen to know where the circular hanging wall organizer is from?

  5. Stephanie says:

    Sooo beautiful!! What is the length and where are the book shelves from if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve seen similar ones at IKEA but they only come in around 22″ long. Yours look longer than that (I think?). Thanks!!

  6. Do you know where the bunny wallpaper is from?

  7. For the book wall…how far off the ground did you start and what was the spacing for each shelf? I’m looking to do something similar in my baby boys nursery but I’m not sure whether to order 3 or 4 of the shelves. Thanks!

    1. Jacqueline says:

      Hi Sophie! I am so excited to hear you’re wanting to try the shelves in your son’s nursery. Our bottom shelf is about 26″ off the ground and there is about 16″ of space between each shelf (we have three). Kind of depends on how tall the books are you’re hoping to display and if you want them lower to the ground for your son to reach. Our little guy is 15 months now and can reach the bottom shelf easily now. Hope this helps! Best of luck! :-)

  8. Hi! I love your bookshelves, and have been trying to find them. Where are yours from? Thank you so much!

    1. Jacqueline says:

      Hi Rachel! If you’re referring to the floating shelves in this post (which was an inspiration image we shared), there is a DIY for them on A Beautiful Mess blog. You can search “diy bookshelves” on their site and it should come up!