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10 tips for organizing kids rooms

Organizing kids rooms? Now there's a challenge.

Kids rooms are messy because they have kids in them. And kids have lots of stuff with lots of pieces.

And it's the rare child who actually likes to clean his room. Now work around this universal truth. Think containment.

These 10 tips for organizing kids rooms can help.

1. get the kids involved in the organizing process.

When organizing kids rooms, listen to their ideas; go through their possessions together. The goal: 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 it just might be worth parting with for that reason alone.

2. the goal for organizing kids rooms is to contain everything.

The container is your friend. The container is especially your child's friend when it comes time to organize her bedroom. 

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 she plays with together in stackable bins or storage containers.

Not only will she not clutter the entire room and still not find her stuff, she'll now actually know where to go get her favorites of the day - and know where to put these items back.

3. make everything accessible to little hands.

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 for storing items they want and use daily.

Store bins of toys under beds; in stackable storage bins in closets; or on hanging shoe racks on the backs of doors.

4. hide things in plain sight.

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 clothes-line style across the ceiling. Last time I checked, 50 feet of synthetic clothesline could be had for about $4. Well worth the investment.

5. store toys and equipment that aren't in use.

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. Get more easy solutions for garage storage here.

6. create activity areas.

Make the room a fun place to hang out. Even the smallest room can accommodate a reading nook – a beanbag chair set beside a bookshelf; or a bookshelf beside the bed.

You'll also need to plot a place where children can do homework or artwork. Nix the TV.

7. organize closets and drawers.

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.

8. provide storage solutions for kids clutter.

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.

9. provide a place in kids rooms for play.

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.

10. don't have too many rules.

Don't have too many rules for the kid's bedroom. It’s their room, after all. Instead, just make two or three important rules – and enforce them.

Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for the organizing tools and supplies to streamline kids' bedrooms.

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Tara Aronson

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.