You were more than happy to KonMari your wardrobe and declutter your kitchen. But when it comes to your baby’s room, it’s a little harder to pare down the diapers and blankets and stuffed animals—it’s especially challenging when you’re working with anything smaller than a palace. Here are eight ways to make the most of a pint-size nursery. 

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Ditch the Changing Table

A stand-alone changing table demands a lot of real estate. Instead, look for a changing table topper and pad that fit over the dresser. Boom: You just doubled your floor space.

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Opt for Double-Duty Furniture

The same multipurpose rationale applies to older tots’ playrooms, too: A bookcase with a built-in reading nook provides storage for toys and a place for storytime. (Also, it’s adorable.)

small nurdery drawers

Maximize Drawer Space

The good news: Baby clothes are small. The bad news: Dressers aren’t exactly sized for them. Make sure no space is going to waste by employing in-drawer dividers, and you’ll be able to store more things out of sight without losing track of where everything is.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Make the Crib a Storage Powerhouse

You thought a crib was just where your baby sleeps? Silly mama: Between canvas units that easily tie onto the railing and models with built-in drawers, the biggest item in your nursery can also be the most useful.

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Try Horizontal Stripes

If you’re not wed to the idea of solid walls (or elephant wallpaper), horizontal stripes visually widen a small space and add a youthful color-block vibe. Whether you go with one accent band or floor-to-ceiling lines, you’ll immediately feel the effect.

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Put Your Walls to Work

Like in any other small room, vertical space is your secret weapon. Floating shelves help in two ways: They add additional storage, and they draw the eye upward. (Hint: A slim profile works best here.)

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Embrace Bins and Baskets

Yes, cubbies in a nursery are hardly a novel concept, but portable storage makes putting away toys, blankets and any other oversize item a breeze. You can keep them neutral and seamless or go for bright colors and patterns as a design element—your call.

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Create a Super-Closet

A sole rod might be fine for the hall coat closet, but in here, every inch counts. Look for hanging storage and over-the-door racks to keep smaller items out of sight, and use color-coded hanger dividers to find that lucky onesie in a snap. 

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