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8 Tips for Organizing Your Child's Room

Kids' rooms tend to get crowded with toys, clothes and clutter. Use our checklist to help keep their play areas organized.

Organize Your Child's Room

Organizational Checklist

  1. Clear out anything that isn’t in use. Store out-of-season playthings and clothing elsewhere.
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  2. Store unused toys 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.
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  3. Involve your children in the decluttering process. They'll learn to keep their rooms clean long-term and it's also an opportunity to teach them the value of sharing. Toys and clothes that are no longer used can be donated to less fortunate children.
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  4. Place books near reading spots. Store favorite books on low shelving next to a beanbag chair. As your child grows, adjust the shelves upward and replace the beanbag with a comfortable chair. Keep a few books in a basket next to the bed, making them handy for bedtime stories.
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  5. Divide toys into several categories, such as outside, upstairs and downstairs. Keep similar items together (art supplies, toy soldiers, dolls, etc.). Label storage bins with the corresponding word and a picture label so the contents can be identified easily.
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  6. Find a multimedia storage unit to stash game cartridges, accessories, CDs and DVDs. Or convert a full-size entertainment center to a game center if you need space to store a large TV along with shelves for a DVD player or game console.
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  7. Keep a toy box in the family room. If you use one with a lid, make sure it has safety hinges so that the lid won’t fall on small hands or trap little ones inside.
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  8. Move sporting equipment out of the child’s room whenever possible. Purchase specially designed racks for the garage that can hold everything from tennis rackets to soccer balls and in-line skates.
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Good to Know

Turn room-cleaning into a game. Encourage kids to find toys that they haven’t seen for a while. If the process is a pleasure instead of a punishment, getting them to clean their rooms won’t be such an aggravation.