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Toys, teethers, socks, mittens and anything with small parts will take over the living areas in your home if you don't contain them from the very beginning. Clear plastic shoeboxes can hold all types of small items for baby. Invest in boxes with well-fitting lids so that you don't have frequent spills on the nursery floor.
Cardboard and plastic boxes with lids can store blocks, locking rings and bath toys for an active child. (Ikea carries several different kinds of decorative cardboard boxes.)
Other organizing and storage devices include closet shelving, room shelving, hanging laundry hampers and shoe holders, hooks and hampers.
Most important of all: Keep it simple. Professional organizer Maria Gracia of Get Organized Now! [www.getorganizednow.com] recommends a streamlined space from the get-go. "The less decorative knickknack-type items and stuffed animals you use in your baby's room, the less cluttered and chaotic it will look. Plus, you'll have a lot less to keep clean. Remember, you're going to be spending [a lot] of time taking care of your new baby. Don't give yourself additional cleaning tasks."
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Ready to get started? Be sure to check out our interactive, customizable nursery checklist. It's an easy way to help you get baby's room all ready! We also have many more nursery articles here -- take a peek to learn about everything from creating a unisex bedroom to decorating on a budget.