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10 Tips for Organizing Your Child's Room

Whether it's the playroom or the bedroom, the spaces in your home set aside for your kids can get crowded with toys, clothes and clutter. Use these 10 tips to help your minis get the maximum enjoyment out of their play areas.

Organize Your Child's Room

Corral Your Child’s Chaos With Organization Solutions

Use baskets to organize like items.

“Clean your room!” is the constant cry of frustrated parents overwhelmed with cluttered kids’ spaces. Taking time to organize thoroughly can help your kids learn to pick up after themselves. 

  1. Clear out anything that isn’t in current use. Store out-of-season playthings, such as beach balls in the winter, with your out-of-season clothing.
  2. Box up items that aren't today’s favorites and store them somewhere out of sight for a month or two. Then pull out the box of toys and switch them out with whatever playthings your child is currently ignoring. You’ll keep extra toys off the floor and your children will be excited to get new things.
  3. Use this decluttering project as an opportunity to teach your children the value of sharing. Toys that are no longer favorites and clothes that no longer fit can become treasures for less fortunate children. Involving your kids in the process is a great way to teach this lesson.
  4. Resist the urge to tackle the kids’ room on your own. While it might be easier to clean without the help of your children, involving them will help them learn to keep their rooms clean long-term.
  5. Make room-cleaning into a game to keep it exciting for your kids. Encourage them to find toys that they haven’t seen for a while. If the process is pleasure instead of punishment, telling your kids to clean their rooms won’t be such a pain.
  6. Place books near reading spots. Add an adjustable shelving unit along the wall next to a beanbag chair. Store favorite paperbacks on a lower, more accessible shelf. Keep a few favorite books in a basket or put them in a colorful plastic bin next to the bed, making them handy for bedtime stories. As your child grows, adjust the shelves upward and replace the beanbag with a comfortable chair.
  7. Divide toys into several categories, such as outside, upstairs and downstairs. Keep similar items together (ex. art supplies, toy soldiers, Legos, etc.) Label storage bins with the corresponding word and a picture label so the contents can be identified easily.
  8. Move sporting equipment out of the child’s room whenever possible. Buy an organizing rack for the garage to store long, short, and round toys. These specially designed racks have hooks and shelves to hold everything from tennis rackets to soccer balls and in-line skates.
  9. Keep a toy bin in the family room. If you use a toy chest with a lid, make sure it has safety hinges so that the lid won’t fall on small hands or trap little explorers inside.
  10. Store computers and video game consoles in appropriate desks or entertainment centers. Find one with shelves and drawers for stashing game cartridges, accessories, CDs and DVDs. Convert a full-sized entertainment center to game central if you also need space to store a large TV along with shelves for a DVD player or game console.