17 Stylish Ways to Organize Baby Clothes

Great Options for Small Spaces

Baby clothes and handbags with toys hanging on wall shelf

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

It's important to organize the nursery closet to keep all the many outfits and shoes easily accessible. These clever hacks and parent-approved tips for organizing baby clothes in the nursery dresser and closet will put you and your little one on the right track, saving you time, money, and a smidgen of sanity along the way.

So go ahead and usher in order and organization to simplify your life with these 17 simple solutions.

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    Add Another Closet Rail

    Organize baby clothes with the perfect closet space

    Need more room for your tiny fashionista’s growing wardrobe? If you install a second rail in your little one’s closet underneath the top one, you can double your hanging space. Baby clothes are short and do not need as much hang space as adult clothing. A second rail also allows room for built-in vertical storage space, which leaves plenty of room to store diapers, toys, and extra receiving blankets.  

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    Get Closet Dividers

    Nursery closet dividers for organizing baby clothes
    Lady & Laura Kate

    It can be overwhelming to get a lot of new baby clothes and hand-me-downs from friends and well-wishers. Sort those tiny treasures by size, type, and season, and keep everything separate with some hanging size-tags.

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    Use Clever Clips

    Parenting Hack: Clothes pin clip hangers
    Two Twenty One

    Instead of spending money on expensive clip hangers for your kiddo’s closet, hit the dollar store for a pack of clothespins. Keep those adorable two-piece outfits together by clipping the pants or skirts to the bottom part of the hanger.

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    Hang Baskets

    DIY Hanging Closet Organization Baskets
    Reality Daydream

    This easy hanging basket storage hack, dreamed up by Bethany of Reality Daydream, is pure genius. All you need are a few plastic crates and a pack of cup hooks, available at most discount stores.

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    Think Door Storage

    Vertical Storage for Closet doors
    Project Nursery

    If you are short on storage space, you probably can go vertical. This clever nursery-organizing tip, featured on Oh Joy, makes the most of otherwise unused space on closet doors. You can mount a vertical, track-based storage system to the back of the closet door and add a combination of baskets and shelving. This is a great way to stash all of your baby’s adorable socks, tights, hair bows, and diaper covers while still keeping everything upfront and on hand. 

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    Hack a Shoe Organizer

    Organize baby clothes with a shoe organizer
    Our Handcrafted Life

    Organizing on a budget? If you can't afford a dedicated storage system for the back of your kiddo’s closet door, a $10 shoe organizer will work just as well. This idea by Meagan of Our Handcrafted Life stores everything from shoes to rolled-up onesies with this classic closet tool.

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    Look at IKEA for Ideas

    Nursery closet IKEA hack
    Strawberry Swing and Other Things

    If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to update your little one’s closet, look no farther than your local IKEA. This lively polka-dotted closet space, featured on Project Nursery, uses IKEA’s classic KALLAX shelf unit as a basis for a simple double-railed closet system. If you do not have dedicated closet space, you can create a nifty Ikea hack by mounting two rails between this elegant shelving unit and the wall.

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    Hang Baby Shoes on a Rail

    Baby Clothes Organization Hack: Hanging shoe rail
    Project Nursery

    Tired of chasing down all those teeny tiny baby shoes? Hang your troubles up with this clever and creative shoe-organizing hack featured on Project Nursery. Simply mount an inexpensive suspension rod in your closet and use curtain rings to hang the shoes in tidy pairs.

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    Design a Chalkboard Dresser

    Chalkboard paint dresser for nursery or kid's room
    Apartment Therapy

    Try dressing up an old chest of drawers with a fresh coat of chalkboard paint with visual cues on where the clothing can be found and where to put the items away. This is handy for the entire family—moms, dads, and kids. With its cute lettering and neatly labeled drawers, this one-of-a-kind piece, featured on Apartment Therapy, is as practical as it is pretty.

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    Do-It-Yourself Drawer Dividers

    DIY drawer dividers for organizing baby clothes
    The Homes I Have Made

    Why spend money on pricey drawer dividers when you can DIY for a fraction of the cost? These simple dividers, devised by mother-of-two and on-the-move military spouse Meagan of The Homes I Have Made, take just minutes to make. You need spare cardboard and some pretty contact paper—or use foam core board if you need something sturdier.

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    Save Space With a Trolley on Wheels

    Rolling trolley cart for organizing baby clothes
    Glitter Guide

    This beautiful blue IKEA trolley cart, featured on Glitter Guide, makes for a perfect, portable dressing station and provides a great alternative to a bulky dresser. Just set this space-saving beauty next to your changing table, and you will have everything you need to dress baby right at your fingertips.

    If you are sharing your bedroom space with​ ​the baby for the first few months, you can use this rolling wardrobe/diaper caddy in your bedroom, and save yourself a hike to the nursery every time you need to change a diaper or grab a clean onesie.

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    Get Industrial

    Wall-mounted wire baskets for organizing baby clothes
    Hanging with the Huie's

    Wall-mounted baskets make excellent storage for diapers, onesies, and other changing table essentials. These vintage wire hampers add the perfect touch of industrial-chic to this charming boy’s room featured on Hanging with the Huie’s.

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    Get the Hook-Up

    Hook-up diaper caddy storage
    My Pink Life

    Looking for unconventional ways to maximize your storage? For a little piece of hardware, a hook can hold a whole lot. This set of soft-knit baskets, suspended over a changing table by a pair of handy hooks, keeps diapers and accessories right where mom blogger Aimee of My Pink Life needs them the most. For even more room, try hooking up a row of canvas bags for storing toys, blankets, and other nursery essentials. 

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    Make Your Own Fabric-Covered Storage Box

    DIY fabric-covered storage boxes
    I Heart Organizing

    If you cannot afford those outrageously priced fabric-covered storage bins, keep your money and make your own. These polka-dotted beauties featured on I Heart Organizing started life as a pair of run-of-the-mill cardboard boxes. All you need is a few scraps of fabric and a little hot glue to make these chic new clothing storage bins.

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    Hang-Up Hair Bows

    DIY hair bow organization
    Amanda Medlin

    A thrift-store frame and some chicken wire is all it takes to recreate this shabby-chic hair bow and accessory organizer, designed by Amanda of Amanda Medlin. Simply remove the backing, cut the chicken wire to fit, and staple it directly to the back of the frame.

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    Separate Your Socks

    Nursery hamper hack
    Two Twenty One

    Clip a couple of dollar store laundry bags directly to your hamper to keep small items, like socks and bibs, separate. This neat trick comes from Chelsea of Two Twenty One.

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    Have a Cast-Off Bin

    Nursery Closet Organization - Cast-off bin for outgrown baby clothes
    Lures and Lace

    When planning your closet, be sure to leave space for a dedicated cast-off bin. Having an accessible, pre-assigned place for outgrown items will prevent them from creeping back into baby's closet. This saves you the hassle of an extra trying-on session. An easy, five-step system can help you store and organize your baby's outgrown clothes.