A few days ago I got a request on storage and organizing ideas for kids rooms. Although I don’t have kids yet, I have 3 younger siblings (3, 11 and 16 years younger) so I was pretty much aware of my mom’s experience organizing toys. Besides that, I did my own research, of course ;)
So here are some tips and trick on getting your kids toys and room organized, and if you’re lucky, get them involved in the cleaning up routing! Fingers crossed for that one!
Hope it will help! Take a look also at my BEDROOM ORGANIZING BASICS.
Before going ahead and buying organizing systems (like racks, shelves, cabinets, etc) sort out everything and divide by activities. Separate books from toys, and donate things your children don’t play with anymore (if you will donate, you might want to re-think if involving your kid. He might want to avoid giving it or it may be a good idea to teach them generosity and charity).
Once you sort everything out, you will have a better idea of how much storage you need, and which system will work the best in your kids room.
If you’re lucky and have a big space, divide the room by areas too. Bed area, a reading corner with nice and fun beanbags (puffs) and a playing area, with a nice rug or carpet (remember to get a non-stain one, or something easy to clean).
This kind of storage is the best when you have small spaces. Even if you have a big room, I thing it’s a good idea. Place toys that are less used on the highest part and your kids favorite ones on the bottom, where they will be easier to reach.
Use baskets, boxes or even buckets. There are many things you can use to keep all toy sizes. But remember, each toy will have an adequate box size. Don’t put small toys on big boxes, this will only result on your kid emptying the whole box only to find one small thing. Instead, use small clear containers for them. Big containers work better for stuffed animals, big cars and trucks, or maybe some board games. TIP: Clear containers are the best. you and your kid will be able to see everything inside.
Label everything you can (hooks, bins, drawers, etc). Specially the containers. This way, your kid will know that everything has it’s place. If your kids can’t read yet, put labels with pictures on it. This is a great idea also to help them with their reading skills. And while at this, why not label in a foreign language too? (I used to label EVERYTHING while trying to teach my husband Spanish).
Make their playroom organized, clean but still comfortable and cozy. Add some color and texture to the room. Have you ever wondered why they want to play in your bedroom or in the living room? Maybe that’s why. Make their space comfy enough… add some carpets or rugs so they’ll have a playing surface.
THINK OUT OF THE BOX.
You don’t have to buy “special toy organizing”. Those may be more expensive. Why not find other alternatives? Like kitchen systems? The picture below shows a shelving system for vegetables. With those small clear containers added, it looks clean and organized. Buckets can give another special look. A different style of course. Always remember to LABEL!
What do you think? Once I have kids, I’m sure I’ll apply these tips!