Ideas for a well-organized children’s bedroom
Children’s bedrooms are notoriously difficult to keep clean and organized. Piles of loose Legos, cups full of crayons, and boxes of blocks can be easily dumped onto the floor; when combined with most children’s natural tendency towards messiness, this can lead to a massive mess. Instead of simply closing the bedroom door, it is possible to get organized! The following ideas can help you beat the mess and better organize your child’s bedroom.
– Involve kids in the process. Children are more likely to follow an organizational plan if they are involved in the process. Take them shopping for new storage options, ask them to help sort toys they want to keep versus donate, or ask them how they would like their furniture to be organized.
– Keep storage accessible. Have cubbies, bins, or shelves that are low to the ground and easily accessible. While high shelves can be useful for keeping breakable items or special toys out of reach, the majority of storage in the room should be child height to allow them to participate in cleaning up.
– Utilize space under the bed. Don’t let floor space under the bed become a collection area for forgotten toys – or dust bunnies. Instead, utilize the space with sliding drawers or bins. This space can be used to store out of season clothes, extra bedding, or large toys that are otherwise difficult to store.
– Think outside the bin. While storage cubbies, wicker baskets, and toy bins are excellent options for toy storage, consider other, unique ways you can organize books, stuffed animals, and more. Spice racks or even roof gutters can be attached to the wall and used as book storage; an over-the-door shoe organizer can be used to store action figures or Barbies.
– Don’t be afraid to pull furniture away from the walls. Many children’s bedrooms have furniture pushed against the walls with a large, open space in the middle of the room. Consider bringing décor away from the walls, such as putting a multi-purpose play table in the middle of the room. This can help stop as toys and clothes from being dumped – and left – in the middle of the floor.
– Label it. Make cleaning up easier by clearly labeling bins, boxes, and shelves. For young children and early readers, use a combination of pictures and words to show how things should be organized; for example, attach a picture of wooden blocks to a container using contact paper or label a fabric bin for stuffed animals.
– Find additional space. Even with smart organization and good design, many children’s rooms still have space limitations. Consider finding additional space in the house where toys can live; a small corner of the living room, an otherwise unused formal dining room, or a guest bedroom can all be converted to play spaces for toys.