First of all, I’m obsessed with this dresser! It is such great quality and I love the amount of storage it provides. It is the 8-Drawer Hemnes Dresser from IKEA and it’s right around $250 (on sale right now for $199). Side note: I’ve changed the drawer knobs since I’ve taken these pictures – I replaced them with some bigger similar ones that were more sturdy. Anyway, I wanted to go drawer by drawer to show you how I organized it and what’s been the most helpful to me. You definitely don’t have to have this exact same dresser to follow these tips, but you do need some drawer organizers similar to these. I just picked up some foldable drawer organizers at our local Shopko that were no more than $5.
Our dresser doubles as a changing table, so I like to keep diapers and wipes in the first drawer. I keep a basket on top of the dresser full of diapers and the wipe warmer next to it, and when either one of those run out, I can just quickly replace with items from the first drawer. I always check to make sure this drawer is stocked.
In this drawer, I rolled up burp rags & washcloths to store in the drawer organizer. This is also where I keep her bibs & extra pacifiers.
This is probably the drawer that I use the most. Every morning and evening when I’m getting Mila ready for the day or for bed, every thing I need is right in that drawer from her lotions to her hand and face wipes. I keep the essentials that I use every day in there. It’s just convenient to have all of the must haves in one drawer especially if your dresser is also your changing table.
I keep extra crib sheets, car seat covers, dock a tot covers, etc. in this one. I also keep chargers for video cameras, her camera, her Echo dot and other things like that in there. This is handy for me because I’m terrible at losing phone chargers and misplacing important cords, so this has helped greatly. Also, I love having an Echo dot in there because it’s so easy to tell Alexa to play lullabies or sleep sounds for her when she’s taking a nap, or I can turn music on when I’m putting away laundry.
I set two organizers in here and rolled up her newborn onesies (short & long sleeve) on the left side and the 0-3 month onesies on the right side. I folded up some of her newborn sleepers towards the front that she mostly wears at night to sleep or when we’re just lounging around the house. I keep her every day and dressier clothes hung up in the closet.
I like to use velvet hangers in the closet because it makes it look more organized. I use the ones from Homegoods because they have cute colors and they’re only about $10 for a pack of 25. Be sure to double check that they’re baby hangers though and not kids hangers. I made that mistake and bought a few packs that were too big.
I left my old shoe organizer in her closet to use for her shoes. It’s a great way to organize her shoes and keep them displayed so it’s easy to see each pair instead of throwing them all in a drawer or basket.
I also used two organizers in this drawer and put all her bows and hats on one side and her socks, mittens and little soft shoes on the other.
This drawer is for all her swaddles and thinner blankets. I like to roll them up to save space. For her thicker, warmer blankets, I store those in a basket in her closet (shown below) because those take up more space.
Quick tip: I like to use the thinner, smaller swaddles as changing pad blankets. There’s been plenty of times where Mila’s spit up or had a really messy diaper so I would have to wash the changing pad cover over and over again. This way makes it easier to just wash the blanket if it gets dirty.
This is her catch all drawer. I folded up some outfits and clothes that she received as gifts that were sized 6 months and older and as she grows, I’ll move things up to the other drawer where I have her newborn and 0-3 month onesies and into her closet. I also keep her basket with cards, memory book, hospital paperwork, her monthly picture board, etc. in here.
In her closet, I purchased lots of baskets to keep everything organized in there. I dedicated one basket to her bath things. I keep her towels and body washes in here so it’s easy to pull out when it’s bath time. I also keep her tub & her flower bath cushion up top in the closet next to this basket. I also use another basket to keep her dirty clothes and another one to store her stuffed animals and toys that she’s not old enough to play with yet.
These are the baskets I use from Target. They’re on sale right now & come in lots of different sizes!
I hope this helps you mommas (& mommas-to-be) with your nursery organization! It made a world of difference when I finally decided to organize everything because it’s a lot easier to put up laundry and clean up in there when everything has its place.