My twins’ room is one of the toughest places in my house to keep clutter-free! Toys, books, trading cards and much more all vie for limited space. We live in Florida, so we don’t have a basement to store the overflow. And my boys must room together for now because we don’t have enough bedrooms to separate them. So, I’ve had to come up with some simple ways of organizing all the “stuff” in my kids’ room. Here are some of the things I’ve done that might help you out, too!
1. Get a bookshelf. We have a rule: If the bookshelf is overflowing, it’s time to weed some out and donate them to a used bookstore or a younger child. We recently purchased the bookshelf shown below, and I got rid of almost all of my boys’ picture books now that they’re reading chapter books.
2. Give your kid a “junk drawer.” My boys love to collect “treasures,” like coins and rocks and little toys, but they always seemed to end up strewn across the dresser top. To eliminate that problem, I gave each boy a designated “junk drawer,” where he can put his little treasures. They can still keep their stuff, but now I don’t have to look at it all the time!
3. Use bunk beds. If you have more than one child in a room, consider bunk beds so they have more room. My boys love their bunk beds! We purchased a model with extra storage drawers underneath so we have even more room to store their stuff and cut down on clutter.
4. Store items in bins. There are some colorful and unique bins available now that will not only hold your children’s Legos and other small items, but they look really cute in their room! Get ones that stack to really conserve space.
5. One toy at a time. Teach kids to put away what they’re playing with before they can get out another toy. If my boys ask to play video games, for example, they’re not allowed to do so until they put away the board game they were playing with.
6. Install multiple bars in the closet. Children’s clothes don’t normally reach all the way from the closet bar to the ground, so install double bars for more places to hang clothes. The ones we use have a shelf on top, which gives us even more storage space!
7. Vacuum or sweep at least weekly. You can’t clean a floor that’s loaded with toys. When you make a commitment to vacuum or sweep at least once a week, it forces you and your children to pick up the items on the floor and put them away. And it’s much easier to pick up a week’s worth of clutter than a month’s worth!
8. A toy box is a must. Toy boxes have been in use for a long time, and for a good reason: They contain clutter! But be sure to clean out your toy box every few months or all the toys at the bottom will never get played with.
9. Rotate toys. Put some toys in a box and put them away in storage. Swap them out every few months with something else in your child’s room. Your child will feel like he has new toys every time you switch boxes!
10. Get creative. Look for toys that make creative use of space like these Hot Wheels Wall Tracks! It takes racing off the floor and onto the walls -- a space that’s rarely used anyway. What fun!
I hope these tips can help you eliminate the clutter in your child’s room and get organized. In most cases, they’re easy to do, but can make a huge difference in approving the appearance and functionality of the room.
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