A playroom is a place where kids and imaginations should run wild, but that doesn’t mean that toys, books, stuffed animals, and other playthings should be in a constant state of disorder. It’s better for your sanity if everything is in its proper place, and your kids will learn valuable lessons on the importance of keeping their spaces neat and organized!
Look no further than the below tips for creating a tidy play space and-most importantly – keeping it tidy!
Declutter Old & Broken Toys
The first step to organizing a playroom successfully is to thin the toy inventory. First, go through on your own and throw out broken toys or games that are missing pieces. Then, invite your kids to go through and declutter toys that they’ve outgrown or don’t play with anymore. Involve them in the process – ask them if they would like to donate some of their toys for another child who might get some joy from them. Still have too many toys? Put some in storage for the time being.
Choose Clear Bins for Toy Organization
One of the best storage ideas for playrooms is to use see-through containers. When your kids are on the hunt for a specific toy, they can see the contents of the bins without having to dump them all out. Just remember to ditch the lids, as little hands can struggle with them- organizing a playroom using open bins or baskets makes it simpler and quicker for kids to clean up at the end of the day.
Create “Homes” for Their Favorite Toys
Every child has a favorite toy. Why not give it its own little home? Whether it’s a garage for their beloved racecars or a bed for their stuffed animals, creating a home for their special toys will make organizing toy room clutter fun for your kids.
Create a Playroom Library
Give your little bookworms an organized place to read with their own at-home children’s library. Storing books upright and on eye level shelves keeps them from getting damaged and makes it easy for children to choose their favorite titles. Make library cards for them to check books out with and pick a cool pair of bookends to make putting their books away fun every time.
Store Messy Things Out of Reach
While accessible playroom storage ideas are important for some toys, other things like paint, glue, glitter and markers should probably stay out of your little one’s grasp. To prevent disastrous playroom messes, keep the arts and crafts supplies up where only you can reach.
Use Playroom Mats
Hot wheels scraping up your hardwood? Barbie heels digging into your carpet? Playroom mats are a great way to protect your flooring from wear and tear during play time. Plus, they can be incorporated into fun playroom organization activities for kids.
Create Cleanup Games for Kids
In the words of Mary Poppins, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” This goes for cleanup time in the playroom too. Once you’ve got a solid playroom organization system in place, use these five cleanup games to make picking up fun and engaging:
- Pick Up by Color: Foam tile mats can do more than just protect carpet. If you have multi-colored foam tiles, call out colors one by one to have kids pick up the toys in each section.
- Ready, Set, Clean: Pull out your phone’s stopwatch and challenge your kids to see how fast they can clean up. Write their daily times on a whiteboard so they can try to beat it. “For competitive children like my son, a ‘race’ can be helpful,” says Nicole Johnson. “For example, I might say ‘I bet I can finish cooking dinner before you can clean up your toys. Ready? 3-2-1 Go!’”
- Toy Counter: Tell your children to count aloud the number of toys they put away. You can even use a children’s abacus to help them keep count.
- Clean Up the Town: If you have a driving fun playroom mat, pretend the toys are “litter” and that it’s up to the kids to help keep their beautiful town clean by picking them up.
- Bed Time in Toyland: This one is great for children who like playing pretend. At the end of the day, tell them their toys are sleepy and need to go to bed in their “homes.” You can even work in a reading lesson by asking them to read their little friends a bedtime story.
If you’ve gone through the process of decluttering and organizing your child’s playroom and have toys or books to donate, please give me a call at 240-401-5577! I am happy to come by and pick up your gently used items for donation!