Our kids accumulate belongings starting at birth and continuing throughout the rest of their lives. Organizing a child’s room or playroom is crucial for this reason. Without a good organizational plan for your child’s room or play area, chaos will soon arise, if you aren’t already tripping over or stepping on toys thrown about the room. If you have experience with the almost frantic search for “the other piece” to a game or toy set, these tips are for you.
Organization takes planning. Budget your money and time to plan the play space well. Dual purpose furniture, such as an armoire, can be used throughout several years serving different purposes. Having furniture that is also storage can keep more space open for your kids to play. If the storage outlives its purpose for your kids, you can then use it for storing other things in your home.
Get your children involved early on. Organization is something that has to be taught. If you set a place for everything to go, your kids will put things in their places. That is, as long as you show them how and do it yourself first. Make a game out of it and they will catch on quickly.
Organize the toys by category. There may be dolls, action figures, blocks, kitchen toys, art supplies, books, musical toys and more. Make a list of the categories and sort the toys accordingly.
The next thing to do is determine what type of storage is best for each category. Use cabinets, baskets, shelves, plastic containers, and other things that best fit each type of toy.
Use a measuring tape to see exactly what storage items can fit where. Do this before you go shopping for bookshelves or storage bins. Measuring first will eliminate wasted money on items that don’t work out in the space you have.
Set everything up for storage. By now, each toy should be categorized and ready for its new “home.” With this system in place, having your child clean up their room usually only takes about five minutes. Additionally, when you ask your children to take their toys home, instead of putting them away, toys are much more likely to go back to where they came from. After all, away could also mean under the bed! Taking things home is much more specific and children are more likely to put their things away properly if they know exactly where their home is.
Clean up with them the first few times and they will get the hang of it. Even very young children can learn to be organized. Another tip is to teach them to put one set of toys away before they pull out another set of toys. This will keep things from piling up.