A Step-by-Step Plan for Keeping Your Kid's Room Tidy
Is your child's room in need of some fresh organization ideas? A child's room can rapidly become a jumble of clothes, accessories, books, and toys. We have some suggestions on how to put it all in order if you find yourself struggling with that question.
Room Organization Ideas for Children
Taking the time to get a child's room in order will end up saving you a lot of hassle. Here are some strategies for organizing your child's bedroom that will make cleanup a snap.
Step 1: Get Rid of Everything First
The first step in following any advice on how to organize your child's room is to clear the space completely. First, make sure your kid's room is tidy and clutter-free. Start with kid-friendly things like books and games. Get rid of the old, worn out, or broken toys that your kid no longer plays with. Donate the goods your kid no longer wants and throw out the remainder.
Children of all ages can participate, so you can use it as a chance to teach them to accept change and let go of possessions that are no longer useful.
After putting away the games and books, head to the wardrobe. Given how quickly children outgrow their apparel, it's hardly surprising that they have a closet stuffed to the gills with spares. Identify items that are too small, too worn, or too stained to keep, then donate or toss them from your child's closet and drawers.
Construct three stacks:
Keep: These items are still appropriate for the season and your child's size.
Donate: Any gently used children's clothing that your child has outgrown should be donated.
Store: To be put away are any garments that hold special meaning to you or that you wish to save for a younger sibling. To pack away your belongings, you can use plastic bins or plastic bags for clothing.
Step 2: Settle on A Structure
The key to a clutter-free space is a well-thought-out approach for maintaining order. But how can you find a place for everything in your kid's room and make storage work efficiently? To get organized, take a look at the shelves, drawers, baskets, and tubs already in your home. Other storage options that can work in your kid's room can be found by looking at children's bedroom designs.
Pants, pajamas, socks, underwear, and other items that can't be hung up should be stored in a dresser or cube storage unit inside the closet.
Do you need any new furniture, such as a bookshelf to store and show off your family's treasured books, photos, and relics, or a desk for your adolescent? Think about how the furniture will function in the room, and make any necessary adjustments.
Toys, stuffed animals, and anything else that won't fit on a shelf should be stored in baskets or boxes on the lowest shelves of a bookcase.
Out-of-season clothing can be stashed in shallow storage containers under your child's bed.
Step 3: Sort Through Your Closet
Now that you've gone through your kid's dresser and closet and gotten rid of a bunch of old clothes, shoes, and accessories, it's time to put the ones that remain in some kind of order. Take use of these suggestions for arranging your child's bedroom, whether it be for a girl or a boy:
Hang up all of your shirts, dresses, and other tops.
Use closet ring dividers to organize the hanging garments of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, separating them into distinct sections according to size.
Make use of your mature child's organizational skills by asking them to help you put up their clothes in color order. Sort garments by category within each color (i.e., play shirts, dress shirts, dresses, etc.)
Using hangers of the same size and color might help to declutter a cluttered wardrobe.
Move the rod under the clothesline to make room for a shelf or drawers if at all possible.
Second, separate items of clothing that can't be hung up and put them in drawers according to the category into which they fall.
- Bottoms and trousers
You can use a storage container or an over-the-door shoe organizer to keep your footwear out of sight.
Step 4: Sort the Toys and Books into the Appropriate Piles
The toys in your child's room, whether it's a nursery or their own bedroom, should all have a designated spot where they may be stored out of sight and out of mind. Assuming you already have some totes or containers in which to store toys, try using the following broad categories as a jumping off point:
Collectible toys, such as
- Dolls or action figures
- Supple toys
- Motor vehicles
- Elementary Components
- Toy figures based on fictional characters
- Toy balls and other sporting goods
- Children's teething toys and rattles
- Puzzles and games
- Contents for coloring and making art
Your child's preferred method of organization will change as they get older. Here are some suggestions for how to set up a nursery or a playroom for a young child:
Baby and toddler toys should be kept in low cabinets or on the floor.
Use the "one toy in, one toy out" method to minimize accumulation of unnecessary playthings.
Put your child's toys away in clearly labeled containers, baskets, or shelves so they know exactly where to put them back after they're done playing.
Use Ziploc bags or zippered pencil cases to keep puzzle components organized. You can have puzzle time anywhere if you store all the puzzles in one bin or cabinet.
Step 5: Maintain a Regular Schedule
Maintaining your child's neat and tidy bedroom once you've put in the time and effort to get it there might be simple, but it does take consistency. Have your child help you put away toys, clothes, and books every day until they are old enough to do it on their own, and then continue to teach them where things go.
This may seem like an impossible chore, but with these suggestions and a lot of hard work, you can keep your child's room neat and tidy.