If you have kids then you know that the children’s room is the most chaotic room in your home right now. Kids, being kids, tend to rummage through their stuff and everything just piles up! It’s not unusual for most parents to spend a huge chunk of their time cleaning after the children.
Organizing the children’s room is even harder when you live in a rental and cannot do major installations. Don’t fret, weary parents, it is possible to live with kids and an organized house! Check out these storage ideas for keeping the kids’ room organized and clutter-free:
Installing More Shelves
Any room in your house could use more shelves and the children’s room is not an exception. As long as there is room for these, go right ahead and add more shelves to the children’s room. Shelves are practical and pretty storage solutions with a wide variety of uses. Floating shelves, for instance, take only several minutes to install but these add so much flexible storage spaces in a room. If you are serious about maximizing the room’s vertical space, install the shelves all the way to the ceiling if you have to.
Squeezing in Storage Spaces in the Play Area
When it comes to teaching the kids the importance of organizing their own room, you have to instill this habit early on. One neat trick that teaches kids to clean after themselves is to incorporate organizing into play.
Adding storage bins or standing baskets in a play kitchen, for instance, is a terrific way to get the kids to pick up and organize their toys after playing. Investing in a play table with lots of storage spaces at the bottom is also a great way of incorporating organization into playtime. Activity center chairs with storage spaces at the bottom could also work when keeping the room clutter-free! By making organizing fun for the children, this good habit will become second nature to the kids every time they play!
Organizing Small Toys
For kids who love collecting small toys – LEGO bricks, construction toys, toy cars, toy soldiers, etc. – organizing can be a pain! These tiny toys end up all over the floor! To keep small toys organized and off the floor, try stowing these in clear bins with cover.
Store the small toys by category then stack the bins up in a closet. Congratulations, you just created an affordable storage system for the kids’ room. Make organizing fun for the kids by slapping a label on each bin and getting the kids to pick up their toys with you.
Maximize Awkward Corners
If storage space is limited, you have to make every square inch of the room work harder. Do not leave awkward corners neglected or forgotten, use these as storage spaces for the children.
You can install shelves on an awkward corner and turn this spot into a mini-library. You can also set a small table and chair, a stack of coloring books and crayons to create an activity center. You can also turn an awkward corner into a reading nook using a couple of poufs, a stack of storybooks, and a low-lying table. Really, there are so many ways of utilizing overlooked spaces like awkward corners so be creative!
DIY Crate Organizers
Most children rooms are littered with toys of all sizes, it takes forever and a day to put everything where they belong. Make cleaning up much easier by installing wall organizers all over the room.
You can always get store-bought organizers but if money is tight and you’ve got plenty of time to spare, why not make your own wall-mount organizers using old wooden crates? Just sand the crates down until they are nice and smooth, give ‘em a fresh coat of paint and attach them on the wall using screws and a power drill. Now organizing toys of any kind just became much easier for you and the kids!
Get a Storage Bench
If your kids’ room has room for a bench, don’t just get a conventional bench, choose one that comes with extra storage! A storage bench offers flexible storage space that works in any room, especially the perpetually chaotic children’s bedroom. Use the extra storage space to stow blankets, winter wear, sheets, and/or seasonal items that only end up all over the room so they are out of sight!
Maximize Under-Bed Spaces
Even the smallest children’s room has some storage space to spare under the bed. It’s a thin slice of space but you can use it to store an assortment of large and seasonal items instead of leaving this bare and dust-bunny ridden!
I highly suggest investing in flat containers with lids and wheels. You can store blankets, winter wear, books, and old toys in these containers. The lid will keep dust bunnies at bay while the wheels offer easy access to the stored items.