How to organize kids bedrooms so they can help maintain them.
Streamlining kids rooms is a challenge. Putting things away does not come naturally to children. (Adults either, for that matter.)
All you can do to buck nature's more laid-back tendencies in kids is to set up simple, fun ways for kids to maintain the system.
These 10 tips can help make the process a bit more tolerable for everyone:
Listen to her ideas; go through her possessions together.
Cull as much as possible with her input; set disputed items aside.
For the iffy items: try to persuade her that her outgrown toys will mean the world to a less-fortunate younger girl and just might be worth parting with for that reason alone.
The container is your friend. The container is especially your child's friend when it comes time to organize kids bedrooms.
Kids often make the biggest messes looking for something on a surface (where it usually isn't) and leaving the flying byproducts to lie where they land. This is not good.
Instead, cut down on the fly-bys by putting items that he plays with together in a single box, bin or container.
Not only will he not make a mess of the entire room and still not find his stuff, he'll now actually know where to go get- and to actually put these items back.
If they can’t reach it, they can’t get it and they can’t put it back. It's that simple.
Use all the kid-accessible areas in the room when you organize kids bedrooms to keep items in reach: Store bins of toys under beds, in stacking crates in closets, hanging on the backs of doors, on shelves, etc.
If Brittany collects Breyer horses, let them double as décor and display them throughout her room.
Don’t hide Daniel’s swimming ribbons in a drawer when you can string them clothesline-style across the ceiling.
Store toys and equipment that are not currently in use. Baseball
gloves can go to the attic for the winter; ice skates can disappear
during the summer.
Make the room a fun place to hang out.
Even the smallest room can accommodate a reading nook – a beanbag chair cozied up to a bookshelf or even a bookshelf beside the bed.
You'll also need to plot a place where
children can do homework or artwork. Nix the TV.
Assign one drawer for shirts; one drawer for pants, etc. Roll soft items like pajamas and T-shirts so the kids can see all their choices at one glance.
In closets, group dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets. Some
people lower clothing racks for easy access but I’d rather get their
clothes for them so they can use closet bottoms to store toys and games.
Kids are not going to always pick up after themselves so provide baskets to contain items until they do put them away.
They need a clothes hamper, too. One topped with a basketball hoop will encourage use.
If their room doesn’t have a lot of floor space, find some area in
the house (den, kitchen, playroom) where they can spread out
occasionally and easily organize it at clean-up time.
It’s their room, after all. Instead, just make two or three important ones – and enforce them.
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Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.