If you’re a parent, you know that having kids means finding new activities to keep them stimulated and entertained. Whether it’s games, puzzles, or dolls, making room for play things can be challenging. A common solution for this problem is to designate a space for play, however, having a playroom won’t guarantee that toys won’t end up strewn about the house and collecting on the floor. Recently, I worked with a family who was struggling to keep their kids’ toys from taking over their home. Even though they had a good sized playroom, it felt overwhelming to keep all their kids’ toys organized. I worked with them to implement new storage units and create an easy to maintain system to keep their playroom organized for good! If you’re struggling with organizing a playroom, I’m here to help! Here are some professional tips to set up a system that’s so easy, your kids can get in on it too!
Use Appropriately Sized Bins
One of the most challenging parts of organizing a playroom is how to tackle all those small toys. Little pieces can easily collect on floors or pile together in large bins, making it a challenge to keep game sets whole and your playroom clutter free. Make sure to select storage bins that fit the items you are putting into them. For example, you will want to use small storage bins to keep little toys together and prevent them from ending up on the floor. Moreover, try to avoid filling up large containers with small items, as this tends to hide clutter rather than organize the items within.
For my client’s playroom, we used Smart Store Tall Inserts from The Container Store to break up the larger bin (seen below) into smaller sections more suited to craft supplies. These worked perfectly for keeping crafting materials organized and easy for their kids to access.
Get Creative with Storage You May Already Own
Clear plastic shoe bins, magazine holders, and mesh bags are some other helpful storage solutions for a playroom. These containers are accessible for small hands so kids can easily take out and put away items as they need them.
Shoe bins are great for keeping so many play items organized. For example, you can use shoe bins for card games, puzzles, small characters, Matchbox cars, and small craft kits. Magazine holders are ideal for activity books. Puzzle pieces can also go in mesh bags. Pop these mesh bags in your purse for travel because this is a great way to keep kids entertained on the go.
Think Vertical, Not Horizontal When Organizing
Vertically stacking is ideal for items in boxes, such as games and puzzles. This allows for easy access without the worry of knocking over other boxes in the process. Vertically stacking is also perfect for organizing books because it makes them easy for kids to quickly take from the shelf as needed.
Hang Costumes and Accessories
Kids love playing dress up, right? But, when costumes and accessories aren’t organized, like all toys, they go untouched and can get damaged. Try hanging your kids’ dress up clothing/accessories in a wardrobe such as seen in the picture below. This product is from Amazon and included hooks which we used to hang purses. A simple garment rack and/or command hooks do the job just fine as well.
Remember to Use ROY G BIV
When organizing books, it’s a great idea to sort and display them color, in rainbow order. Not only does it make for an aesthetically pleasing display, it’s the best way to organize books for children because they will recognize the color of a book before the title. Since my client’s children were still learning how to read, this was an easy way for them to find a book, learn an organizational system, and get involved in maintaining it.
Utilize Open Storage and Create Homes
It’s important to make an organizational system that your kids can find what they want and pick up easily. Open storage is so helpful because kids can easily find what they want and they can also return the item to its “home.” Labels help to identify “homes.” If your child cannot read, try taping a laminated picture to a bin.
In my client’s playroom, I used the IKEA Trofast and Kallax units seen below. Both are perfect for playrooms because they are sturdy, fit toys of all sizes, are open and accessible, and can be utilized in many different combinations.
Having an organized playroom is not only a more functional space, it fuels creativity and promotes good organizing habits from a young age. When there is space for kids to play, it allows for a more focused and quality interaction between family members. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by a cluttered space, but following these tips can produce life changing results. I hope these tips inspire you to take steps towards organizing your playroom at home. If you’re looking for more personalized assistance in achieving a goal for your space, I’d love to help! Get in touch and we’ll work together to make an organizational system to fit your family’s needs!