Once you actively start preparing to bring your new baby into the home, you will begin to get an understanding of the sheer magnitude of items that are needed to safely care for your newborn. You will probably accumulate quite a few things through your own purchases, but you may also receive hand-me-downs from friends as well as gifts at a baby shower or two. Now that your baby’s room is crammed with clothes, toys, décor and more, you may be wondering how you can organize this space. Closet storage organizational features can help you to more conveniently store these items in a small space.
Think About Safety
At some point, you want your little one to be able to pull his or her items out of the closet independently, but this time may not come for a few years. In the meantime, you need most of the items up high and out of reach of your little one for safety as well as for the sake of cleanliness. After all, when a little one can reach a box full of toys, the toys may fall on him or her. They can also create a mess on the floor. Consider using shelves or lockable cabinets on the lower end of the closet, and place softer items here, such as diapers, blankets and cloths. Other items can hang on racks or be stored on shelves higher up.
Understand the Options
Before you create customized closet storage in your baby’s room, you need to explore the storage options available. Racks for hangers as well as shelves are common. Shelves may store folded clothes as well as bins filled with toys, books and more. Some storage features include drawers and cabinets. These can conceal items and make your space look neater. However, drawers and cabinets may be unsafe in some cases. For example, drawers can pull out and fall on top of a crawling baby or toddler. Cabinets may have sharp doors that can result in injury. Also, remember due to the small size of your child you probably won't need long hanging space as short hanging space will generally work for many years.,
Consider investing in a label maker or making your own handwritten labels. Label each drawer, cabinet or shelf with the items that are stored in these areas. For example, you may create a label for a shelf that says “Books” or “Toys.” A drawer may have a label for “Socks” or “Shirts.” This simple effort can help the closet to stay organized, and it may also promote early reading abilities as your child gets a little older.
Focus on Visibility
Some people love a closet with full visibility, such as with racks and open shelves only. Others find this type of closet storage system unattractive, and they prefer to have closed cabinets and drawers throughout most of the space. Consider your preference with regards to visibility. Remember that you can store different sizes of storage bins on shelves, and these bins may be see-through. This way, you can enjoy a happy medium between fully exposed and fully enclosed storage spaces.
Closet storage is easy to overlook initially. However, it makes a pressing matter when you accumulate more baby clothes, toys and gear. Now is the time to explore closet storage options that may be right for your home.