We’re currently working on making over the room our two daughters share. And we’re almost done!!! (I’m a little happy about that – can you tell?) Anyway, the makeover was desperately needed – partly because the room was dark and dreary and partly because there was nowhere near enough storage for two growing girls. And the room was always a mess. Like always. In the process we learned a few things about making a space well-organized for kids of all ages. Here are our 4 tips for organizing kid’s rooms.
4 Tips for Organizing Kid’s Rooms
1. Contain and Corral
Give them a place to store everything. And I do mean everything – from the largest stuffed animal down to the tiniest piece of Lego. When all a child’s belongings have a “home”, it’s so much easier for them to put it away when they’re finished. Even if they sometimes need a reminder to actually put it away.
2. Organize from the bottom up
Kids are shorter than adults, so they tend to notice things that are much lower. This can aid in the process of maintaining a tidy space. Keep often used items at eye level and lower. Store infrequently used things like memorabilia or seasonal clothing up high where it doesn’t need to be accessed often.
3. Label, label, label
When our kids were small and couldn’t yet read, I labeled their toy buckets using photos of what was in each bucket. This made it really simple for them to know where to put toys away when it was time to tidy up. When children are older and can read, labels can be changed. Labeling bins, baskets and boxes leaves no room for excuses like “but I didn’t know where to put it.”
4. Help them maintain
Assign a time each day for small clean ups and a time each week to do more of a thorough pick up. If your children are young or their room has gotten particularly disastrous, actual physical help from you can soothe a lot of anxiety and make the chore much more manageable. But under normal circumstances, once the organization is in place a child should be able to pick up and tidy on their own. Just make time for it regularly so it’s not a last minute panic before visitors arrive!
Following these 4 Tips for Organizing Kid’s Rooms will make tidying any kid’s room much easier – for you and for them!