Top Tips for Nursery Dresser Organization

Written by: Alyssa Larsen



Time to read 9 min

When you’re the parent of a new baby, you’re also the manager of all the baby stuff. As tiny as newborn babies are, they accumulate a surplus of supplies.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of baby clothes and products you’ve been gifted or bought for your little one.

Finding the best nursery dresser and keeping it organized can make all the difference in the functionality and ambiance of your baby’s room.

Nursery Dresser Organization Tips

Keeping your baby's clothing organized can be a challenging task, especially when their clothes' size needs to be constantly changing as they grow. However, with a bit of effort and planning, you can create an organized and functional nursery dresser that makes your life easier.

Below, we will provide you with some practical nursery dresser organization tips and hacks that can help you maximize storage space, improve accessibility, and keep your little one’s clothing safe and organized.

Whether you are a first time parent or a seasoned pro, these nursery organization ideas can help you take control of your nursery dresser and create a more efficient and enjoyable space for you and your baby. Let’s dive in!

Explore The Nursery

Create a Changing Station on Top of the Dresser

Nursery dressers aren’t only meant to be baby closets; they should also be pieces of furniture that make your life easier, and few things that will do that better than having a convenient place for diaper changes. 

Creating a changing station in your dresser is an easy task: you just need to place a changing topper on top to keep your baby safe while you are changing their diapers. Doing this eliminates the need for a changing table, saving you money, and giving you extra space for other nursery essentials, such as a glider.

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After you have found the perfect changing topper for your nursery dresser, you just need to place the supplies you need to change your baby’s diaper. You can place all of these supplies in a diaper caddy or a small storage box on top of the dresser for easy access and better organization.

Organize Your Baby’s Dresser Drawers by Categorizing Clothing Types

Systematically arranging your nursery dresser drawers will help you know where everything is at all moments, and which will save you time when looking for a specific piece of clothing. 


You should use your top drawers for the items you use daily or those that you need to grab quickly, such as diaper covers, socks, hats, burp cloths and your baby’s thermometer. You can also use your top drawer to store diaper changing supplies, such as diapers, baby wipes and diaper creams.

In the middle drawers you can keep items that you use daily, but that you may not need to grab as quickly. Ideally, here is where you’ll keep the bulk of your baby’s clothes, such as onesies, pants or shorts and shirts. Here you can also store swaddles, brushes, spare bibs, and eating mats.

Finally, in the bottom drawers you can store blankets, crib sheets and spare mattress protectors. As your baby grows, you can place their pajamas in those drawers to allow them to pick which one they want to use when bedtime comes.

Use Drawer Organizers or Drawer Dividers

A nursery dresser with large drawers is great until you fill it up and everything starts bunching together. Then you end up sifting through a pile of socks looking for a hair bow. Consider breaking up the space within the dresser drawers for further organization.

Drawer dividers can be solid, flexible, or adjustable depending on your needs. Separate baby clothes by clothing type or size and baby care items based on how you use them.

You may be able to keep all of your baby’s clothes in the same drawer with a divider down the middle to split the collection of their current size from the next size up.

By the same token, you could assign a drawer to bathing essentials and use a divider to keep neat stacks of towels and washcloths on one side and baby wash, lotion, hair brush, and nail clippers lined up on the other.

You can even use small plastic or fabric bins of different shapes and sizes as drawer organizers. Organization hack: Sorting baby supplies, like diapers and wipes, in bins within the nursery dresser drawers gives you the ability to grab everything you need at once and use it in a different room of your home.

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Roll Up Baby Clothes

Stacking small newborn clothes on top of each other can lead to a messy heap of laundry in your baby’s dresser drawers. Instead of spending extra time trying to neatly fold baby clothes like you would your own, try rolling them.

Rolling up pants, overshirts, and onesies keeps the clothes lined up side-by-side. When you can see at a glance what you have in the drawer there’s no need to rummage around for a particular top or the bottoms to match. The rolling technique also works well with swaddles, bibs, and burp cloths.

Use Descriptive Tags to Label Dresser Drawers

If you are all about efficiency, you should label your nursery dresser drawers. This process only takes a few minutes, but it can save you the frustration of not finding  an item that you may have mistakenly placed in the wrong drawer after a long day of taking care of your baby.

They are also great to keep everything in place if someone else, who isn’t familiar with how you organize your drawers, is helping you put your baby’s clothes away.

If you keep over-the-counter fever reducer or other medications in your nursery dresser make sure the name, dosage, and instructions are all clearly labeled for anyone who might be administering medication to your baby.

Utilize the Top of the Dresser

When you’re thinking about baby dresser organization you’re probably picturing how each object fits inside the dresser drawers like pieces to a puzzle. Don’t overlook the potential of the surface of your nursery dresser.

You may have opted out of creating a changing station, but you can still make good use of the top of the dresser. Even if you won’t be changing diapers here, this is a great place to return your diaper caddy to after you’re done cleaning your baby so you’ll know where to find it next time.

Save the nursery decor for the walls to make room on top of the dresser for baskets and bins that can hold just about any small baby toys or accessories.

Put Frequently Used Items in the Top Drawer

You want the baby essentials you reach for the most to be easily accessible in the top drawer of your nursery dresser. Changing your little one’s clothes and diapers are some of the most repetitive tasks a parent does each day.

If you’ve set up the surface of the dresser as your changing station, use the top drawer to hold clean diapers, wipes, and diaper cream. This keeps your diaper-changing gear out of sight, but still immediately available every time you need it.

Pacifiers and an already-put-together outfit can also be handy to have in the top drawers. Plan ahead to have these things waiting in the top drawer so you can quickly grab them when you’re getting your baby dressed for the day or after a bath at bedtime.

It’s better to designate the middle drawers for the things you wouldn’t need in a pinch and the bottom drawers for extras and seasonal items.

Swap Drawers for Each Season

A seasonal swap is usually necessary to maintain your well-organized nursery dresser drawers. Since you’ve already put your baby’s everyday wear for the current season in the top drawers, you’ll be bending down to the bottom of the dresser for the clothes your baby needs once the weather changes.

In the warmer months, your baby’s short-sleeved tops and light pants will be your go-to outfits each day filling out your top drawers, with sweaters and long-sleeved bodysuits in a bottom drawer that you haven’t opened in a while.

Once the temperature gets cooler you can simply swap the contents of the two drawers for easy access to the clothes you need now.

Change What’s in the Bottom Drawers as Your Child Grows

When your baby is little it’s likely you’ll choose the bottom drawers of the nursery dresser to store things that aren’t used on a daily basis. Extra diapers, blankets, or baby shoes might fill these drawers.

Bottom drawers are also a convenient place to toss baby clothes that your child has outgrown until you have time to move them into storage boxes.

As your baby gets older, you can move things like pajamas or socks down to their level in the bottom drawer. You’ll satisfy your toddler's craving for independence by allowing them to choose some of the clothes they wear.

Combine Your Baby’s Dresser with the Nursery Closet

The best nursery organization ideas are the ones that provide you with a multipurpose area. A nursery dresser that fits inside your baby’s closet leaves you more space in the room for necessary furniturelike your nursery glider and crib.

With the dresser tucked inside the bottom of the closet, you can hang as many baby clothes as possible to create space in the dresser drawers for other small items.

If you like this idea, but your nursery closet isn’t big enough to enclose a standard-sized dresser, you can try a DIY closet organization project to build your own.

Add a shelving unit in the closet to hold baskets that serve as your “dresser drawers” or stackable storage boxes on the closet floor—you can still use most of the organization tips above with either option.

Why Should You Organize Your Nursery Dresser?

Organizing the dresser drawers in your baby boy or baby girl’s nursery is so important when it comes to setting up a space that you love to be in.

When every little onesie and bootie is put in its place and easy to find, you’ll feel less stressed and enjoy spending time in your baby’s room. As a new mom you’ll have a lot on your plate so start organizing your baby’s nursery as soon as possible—ideally before they’re born.

With an organized baby dresser you will …

  • Quickly find what you’re looking for—even in the middle of the night.

  • Easily track inventory of baby clothes and supplies.

  • Be more likely to put things away when you’re done with them.

  • Have more time to focus on baby care and parenting instead of constantly cleaning up.
  • Feel comfortable playing and bonding with your baby in a tidy space.

An organized nursery is much easier to accomplish when you choose a dresser that’s designed with your family in mind, like The Dresser from Nurture&. Built with non-toxic and sustainable materials, it has seven dresser drawers and extendable side panels for maximum storage capacity.

The premium construction and modern design of The Dresser are made to stand the test of time. A modern, yet neutral, aesthetic that matches your other nursery furniture and seamlessly pairs well with the style of a big kid’s room as your child grows.

The first step to having an organized nursery is to select quality furniture that’s able to store everything you need for your baby. With the right nursery dresser and these tips to get you started, you’ll be able to create a calm and clean space for you and your little one.


For even more tips on nursery organization and all things parenting, take a look through our Journal.


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Alyssa Larsen

Alyssa Larsen is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for writing. Before starting her career as a freelance writer, Alyssa devoted all of her time to her family and raising her young children. 

The evolution of her motherhood journey and parenting experience inspires her work. She strives to always tell a story that is helpful and relatable to the person reading it. Alyssa lives in Ohio with her husband and four hilarious kids.