Becoming a mother for the first time is an experience that words can’t quite capture. The mix of excitement, anticipation, and the occasional bouts of anxiety can leave you feeling like you’re on a rollercoaster. Now, imagine that rollercoaster with a twist: you’re expecting identical twin girls. As a professional organizer with years of professional organizing experience,  I thought I had a handle on nursery organization. But, little did I know, organizing for twins requires a whole new level of planning. In this blog post, I’ll share my personal journey and three crucial tips for creating an organized nursery for your baby. Plus, I’ll recommend some products to help make your life as a new mom a bit easier.

Tip 1: Plan Ahead and Maximize Space

Before getting pregnant, I had grand visions of a beautifully decorated nursery with a lovely crib, a cozy reading nook, and a closet filled with adorable baby outfits. However, reality hit when we found out we were having twins which come with double the stuff! I realized that the room we had planned for a new baby was all of a sudden much more limited in size when it requires two cribs, an extra wide nursing chair, and double on a lot of items! I had to put my thinking cap on and get into professional organizing mode to figure out how to have a functional space that didn’t look cluttered. After years of organizing for clients, I found that the key to any organization is maximizing the space you have while being selective on what you purchase. You want to ensure you have your essentials, while still being mindful not to go overboard and create clutter. I had so much fun thinking outside of the box to create practical solutions in my nursery space. 

Tip 2: Utilize The Entire Closet Space

One of the most useful organization products I used was the Elfa Drawer Closet System from The Container Store. There are various sizes and styles, but my favorite is this one. It is perfect for storing burp clothes, wipes, extra diapers, and even baby clothes. I love that it can grow with my twins and the contents can be adapted over time. I opted out of using my secondary closet rod and instead used the bottom space for this set of drawers. This not only keeps everything within arm’s reach but also ensures you can quickly grab what you need when your baby gets fussy. It also maximizes the space in your closet so all the storage space is utilized.

A bonus tip I’ve learned while professional organizing is to label everything. I would label each section of your drawers, so you and your partner can easily restock/return items to their rightful place. It also makes all the difference if you have helpers coming to your home in those preliminary weeks because they can assist with putting away laundry or quickly grabbing a burp cloth when you need. Here is how the drawers turned out in my twins’ closet.

Tip 3: Create a Functional Changing Station

You will be changing a lot of diapers while your baby is a newborn. This is why I recommend creating a functional diaper-changing station in your nursery. You will find that a well-organized changing station can save you time and hassle during diaper changes and outfit swaps. We decided to use a vintage dresser we already had and add a changing pad and diaper caddy on top and a diaper pale on the side. You can use the drawers of your station to store baby clothes, blankets, and essentials. If you don’t already have furniture to use, you can get a dresser with a built-in changing table topper. Here are some of the ones I recommend!

To take your organizing to professional organizing status, I also recommend getting an additional diaper caddy that’s left in other commonly used areas of the home like the living room or your bedroom. This one from Amazon is so affordable and it has all the compartments you need for diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and other changing essentials. Click here to see what I put in my diaper caddy.

Tip 4: Invest in Quality Storage Solutions

Babies need a lot of baby gear, and I found it can be hard to organize all the bottles, pacifiers, tiny socks, and onesies. To maintain your sanity and keep your nursery organized, invest in quality storage solutions that make the most of your limited space. For example, I used a command hook to hang a headband organizer on the inside wall of their closet. This crib linen bag also made the perfect storage solution for their stuffed animals and doubles as a cute display. Here are a few of my other favorites that I used in my nursery. 

If you want to see how I placed each of these items, check out my full nursery tour here!

I know how tough it can be to organize a nursery, so I hope you found this blog post helpful. As a new mom, I know how many new things are on our plates. If you can’t find the time to get everything organized before the baby comes, my team can help! Our team has serviced hundreds of professional organizing clients over the years and can get your nursery looking beautiful and organized in one day. Click here to learn more about our professional organizing services.