When trying to deal with all of the craziness that comes along with being a parent, organization is definitely key. If your children are lucky enough to have a playroom just for them in the house, then you, as a parent, are probably unlucky enough to know that this is one of the most difficult rooms in the house to keep organized. Let’s face it, your kids’ playroom can become a warzone if you let it go for too long. Although it might be an overwhelming nightmare, it is extremely important to get that playroom decluttered and organized! Here are some clever tips to get you started.
You can either purchase wall shelving or build your own. You can also use nails and hooks to hang buckets, baskets, and bins on the walls to keep the floor free for playing space.
Everybody knows that stepping on a rogue lego is pretty much the worst feeling in the world. Keep them more organized and off the floor by having a separate bin, basket, bucket, or drawer for each color lego.
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If your children can see where things are without having to really look for them, it may make it easier for them to clean up as well!
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Stackable storage bins are ideal for saving space. Just keep in mind that if you are going to be stacking your bins, you’ll want them to be open-ended in the front so that you aren’t constantly having to stack and unstack them for your little ones to be able to access.
This is perfect for doing arts and crafts, putting puzzles together, building with legos, and so much more. Adding storage underneath, on the sides, on top, or even on the surrounding walls makes it even more logical!
Get your hands on some wooden storage crates, turn them on their sides, and then attach small wheels to the side on the ground. This leaves the front end open for easy accessibility, and makes it so that you can line them up along a wall and still use the tops of them for extra storage.
These are perfect for art supplies, as each pocket can hold something different. For example, you can put markers in one pocket, crayons in another, glue in another, scissors in another, and so on and so forth. These organizers are also great for other small toys such as matchbox cars or barbies. Keep in mind that you don’t actually have to hang these over the door. You can also tack them up on the wall or hang them from a curtain rod.
Use pegs or hooks to hang storage baskets, buckets, bins, or bags from, and then place various toys or art supplies inside the storage containers on the pegboard. This way, everything has a specific location, and everything is off the floor.
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By having storage benches in your playroom, you’re killing two birds with one stone. All of the toys are off the ground and out of sight, while you and your children have a place to sit, play, and hang out!
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Who said sweater organizers were just for sweaters? They can also be used for board games, puzzles, books, small storage bins, and so much more!
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For example, have a designated area for arts and crafts. This area could include a desk or table, with all of the other arts and crafts necessities stored neatly around or under the desk or table. Another idea is to create a section of the room for dress-up. The dress-up area could including an armoire or a hanging rod for dress-up clothes, some bins for storing dress-up accessories, and perhaps even a mirror to play in front of.
Use the top surface of the dresser to set the TV and gaming system on, and use the drawers below to store all of your movies, video games, and gaming accessories.
This is an especially good idea for toys that the kids may want to carry into their bedroom or the living room. For example, barbie clothes and accessories or matchbox cars.
If you feel that your playroom is organized as best as possible, but still looks a bit messy, consider hanging curtains in front of shelves, bins, baskets, or what have you to give it a more “put-together” look.
This may be THE most important tip. Labeling the correct location for everything makes it 100x easier to find things and 100x easier to put things away in the right spot. If you have young children who can’t read yet, consider labeling with pictures rather than words.