Decorating Tips when Foregoing the Nursery

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Whether you’re deciding to forego a nursery because of space or budget restrictions or parenting beliefs, you can decorate for your baby. You could set up a space in your bedroom or even in a main room of the house. Sure, all those adorable nursery ideas on Pinterest are great, but you don’t need all that to create a happy childhood for your baby.

If you’re looking for ways to decorate and organize a space for your baby, here are some options to consider:

Dedicate a Corner – Instead of using an entire room as a nursery, simply use a corner. It can be in your room, in an older child’s room, or even in your living room. Using one corner as the baby’s space can help keep you organized and all the things you need—like diapers and clothing, centralized. Hang a few pictures over the crib or add a shelf with a few stuffed animals on it. That’s really all you need.

Repurpose a Closet – Have an extra closet you don’t need? Take the doors off and use it as a baby area. You can fit a crib in there or you could use it for storing baby essentials. There’s nothing wrong with your baby having a little nook area.

Add Vertical Space – Need more storage space? Instead of using floor area to add storage, add vertical space. Simple shelves will work to hold books, diapers, pacifiers, and even pajamas or socks. Or hang bins on the wall for even more vertical storage space.

Separate the Space – One problem with having your baby’s space in a common area, or even your bedroom, is that it all bleeds together. You can easily separate the space with a curtain, room divider, or a folding screen. This can be good when you’re feeding your baby or when you want to put him down for a nap.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with being a close-knit family and sharing a smaller amount of space. There’s also nothing wrong with using a nursery instead. Whatever you decide, know that you do have decorating and storage options. A cute space is nice, but it’s even nicer if it’s fully functional.

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