The Best Baby Clothes Organizers for Closets, Dressers, and Small Spaces

Best Baby Clothes Organizers for Closets and Dressers

Preparing for a new baby can feel incredibly overwhelming… organizing baby clothes shouldn’t add to the overwhelm!

Of course, starting with a minimalist baby wardrobe will make the organization process even easier but if you’re a maximalist, don’t worry! I am going to walk through the best baby clothes organizers for every type of nursery or living space you’re planning to share with your little one.

Hanging Baby Clothes Organizers

If your baby’s room has a closet with ample hanging space – take advantage! I personally love hanging baby clothes because it makes it easier to see what is available. Start by stocking up on a cute set of matching kids hangers, then add the baby clothes organizers described below.

Second Hanging Rail

Whitmor Double Closet Rod – Heavy Duty Closet Organizer- Chrome
  • Ebony, chrome double closet rod, double your closet space, hangs from standard closet rod
  • Adds a great value
  • Manufactured in China

Baby clothes are tiny, so if you’re hanging tiny onesies, shirts, and jackets from a standard closet rod you will be left with a lot of empty space below the bar. Consider maximizing this space by adding a second hanging closet rod.

If you have a modular closet system (lucky you!), then you can simply add another rod to match your existing setup. If not, consider one of these hanging rods that attaches to and hangs from your upper rail. 

Hanging Shelves

mDesign Fabric Over Rod Hanging Closet Storage Organizers, Includes a Wide 6-Shelf Sweater…
  • SIMPLE STORAGE SOLUTIONS: Save space inside bedroom, entryway, and mudroom closets; The durable, lightweight material doesn’t add extra bulk or weight; It is easy to add convenient custom storage to…
  • 6-SHELF SWEATER ORGANIZER: Add convenient custom storage to any closet with this over rod accessory organizer; Hangs securely over closet rod with the grip strips at top; 6 Open compartments store and…
  • 10 SHELF SHOE ORGANIZER: Keep your shoes neat, tidy and free from scratches and scuffing; Eliminate messy piles of boots and shoes; This shoe rack can be used almost anywhere in the house where shoes…

If you don’t need more hanging space but could benefit from more shelving, try a hanging shelf system. I have a few that I have used (and reused, and reused) in multiple apartments and homes. From shoes, to clothes, to office supplies, to backstock cleaning supplies, I have used my hanging shelves a ton and they have held up extremely well.

Hanging Shoe Organizer

Whitmor 30 Section Hanging Shoe Shelves, Tan
  • Neatly stores and organizes 30 pairs of shoes without taking up any additional floor space
  • Perfect for organizing bedrooms, closets, laundry room, play room, college dorm rooms
  • Made to last; strong yet breathable fabric; reinforced seams for additional strength and support

Pockets are the secret to success here. Hanging shoe organizers have tons of small pockets – fantastic for organizing small baby clothes. You can dedicate a pocket or two to every type of baby clothes your little one wears (e.g. short sleeved onesies, long sleeved onesies, leggings, socks, hats, etc.).

Behind the Door Storage

Simple Houseware Over Door/Wall Mount 6 Clear Window Pocket Organizer, Gray
  • 6 Large pockets hanging storage over the door
  • Large clear window see through what are stored inside
  • Hangs on standard door or closet rod, no hardware needed

Behind the door storage works for closet doors OR bedroom doors – whichever suits your home situation. Perhaps you live in a smaller space with only one closet that you share with your child. Give them the behind-the-door storage so you don’t have to compromise on your own closet space.

Shelf and Dresser Baby Clothes Storage

With my first son I stored all of his clothes in a single, 8-drawer dresser. It doubled as a changing table and some drawers actually sat unused until baby number two was born and they shared the dresser. Needless to say, I am experienced in the art of baby dresser organization so below are a few of my recommendations.

Dresser Dividers

DIOMMELL 12 Pack Foldable Cloth Storage Box Closet Dresser Drawer Organizer Fabric Baskets Bins…
  • Classify Underwear, Bras, Socks, Ties, Scarves, Shirt, T-shirt, Underpants, Undergarment, accessories etc. Easy to find which one you want to wear and never need to ransack all of your clothes.
  • These storage containers drawers Includes 4 large square organizer bins, 4 small square organizer bins, and 4 medium rectangular organizer bins that can hold a variety of personal items. These baskets…
  • The Collapsible cloths Storage Boxes Dresser Drawer organization set lightweight solution and easy carrying to many personal storage needs. These adjustable compartments can be used for closet,…

Have I mentioned that baby clothes are small? File folding into tiny rows separated by dresser dividers is the way to go. You can invest in traditional dresser dividers or small boxes that fit inside of your baby’s dresser drawers. Alternatively, you can make your own dresser drawer organizers a la hikidashi storage boxes.

Rolling Trolley 

CAXXA 3-Tier Rolling Metal Storage Organizer – Mobile Utility Cart Kitchen Cart with Caster Wheels,…
  • Grand Organization – Perfect for kitchen accessories, tools, plants, art supplies, toys, toiletries, office supplies, bookshelf and more
  • Built to Last – Durable powder-coated steel frames and mesh baskets.
  • Unending Uses – three spacious mesh basket shelves for convenient storage at home for a kids nursery or an adult craft room

No space for a proper dresser? No problem! Honestly, you don’t need more space than what a small rolling trolley shelving system provides. I have seen this system executed beautifully by small space living expert Whitney Leigh Morris.

Organizing the Clothes They’ll Grow Into

It’s never a bad idea to consider the future when shopping sales or second hand stores for baby clothes! Or maybe you have more than one kid and you saved baby clothes to hand down. Regardless of how the “next-size-up” clothing entered your house, here are some baby clothes organizer ideas for clothes they’ll grow into.

Hanging size tags

Blank Clothing Rack Divider Wooden Closet Size Divider Baby Closet Blank Organizers Hanger…
  • Abundant quantity for using: you will receive 14 pieces blank closet size divider and 1 piece marker pen, the tools are enough to meet your daily demand, they function as keeping your clothes in…
  • Abundant quantity for using: you will receive 14 pieces blank closet size divider and 1 piece marker pen, the tools are enough to meet your daily demand, they function as keeping your clothes in…
  • Appropriate size: each closet size divider measures about 18 x 8 cm/ 7.1 x 3.2 inches, a relatively large size provides you with good recognition on the words and color above, the hook part is approx….

Still have extra hanging storage space? These size tags can be helpful for keeping track of what size your little one currently wears and what size is coming up. 

Hanging each size next to one another is actually incredibly useful when detecting size differences between various baby clothing brands. Some brands run large while others run super small. This can become a bummer when the cute outfit in the “bigger” size that you had been saving for your baby is already too small by the time you pull it out!

Baskets, Boxes, and Bins

StorageWorks Storage Bins, Fabric Storage Bins for Shelves, Storage Baskets with Metal Frame, Closet…
  • Built to Last: Made from high-quality natural fibers and reinforced with a heavy-duty MDF bottom board and a sturdy metal frame, these closet storage bins can hold up to 30 pounds of weight. The solid…
  • Store Plenty: These durable, large storage baskets are perfect for storing a variety of items, including clothes, towels, blankets, toys, baby products, pet supplies, books, magazines, albums, DVDs,…
  • Handle with Ease: With the 2 PU handles securely sewn on both sides of the storage bins, you can carry your items around easily without tearing the handles.

I could even include “spare dresser drawer” into this category. While I like being able to visually size baby onesies and t-shirts next to each other on hangers, I am not blessed with endless hanging space in my home. When my oldest grows out of an article of clothing, it goes into a bin that I pre-label with his general size at the time (even if the shirt is labeled something different). 

For instance, if he’s mostly wearing 2T clothing, but can still fit into a few random 3T shirts that run small, I’ll pop those into the 2T box as well when he grows out of them. Then I pull out the boxes accordingly as my younger son continues to grow!

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