9 Things You Need to Know about Organizing a Playroom

9 Things You Need to Know about Organizing a Playroom

Organising a playroom is one of life’s most tricky tasks. You don’t want to spend too much time organizing a playroom, but you don’t want to let it get too out of control either. Luckily, the playroom doesn’t need to be such a challenge. Discover a few ways to keep this room neat and organized.

1. Don’t Try to Be Perfect

One of the ways parents set themselves up to fail is by trying for perfection in organizing a playroom. This would be a huge mistake. The playroom is the one area of your home should have some amount of chaos. The idea is that you want to keep the rest of your home organized by placing all of the toy chaos in your playroom.

Give yourself some slack by allowing yourself to have one room in your home that doesn’t strive for perfection. Try to be forgiving of your kids (and yourself) if the playroom isn’t completely organized at all times. Remember: the playroom is not a room in your home that will remain a playroom forever.

2. Color Coding is Your Friend

Plenty of parents believe that labeling every bin, basket, and cubby in the playroom is the best way to keep it organized. Truth be told, it’s very difficult to keep organizing a playroom without employing some kind of labeling system.

Yet labels can be difficult for many reasons.

One reason is that your kids might not be able to read just yet. If this is the case, child organization may be impossible. Try to use pictures of toys on your bins, or employ color-coded bins to help your kids organize during cleanup times. For example: put cars in red bins, books in blue bins and figurines in yellow bins.

Or use bins to denote which toys belong to certain children. For example, red bins could be for Suzie’s toys and blue bins could be for Tommy’s toys.

3. Buy Lots of Baskets

When it comes to playroom organization, baskets, bins, and tubs are your friends. Whenever you see cheap bins, you should buy them. They help to keep the playroom organized and neat. All you need to do is throw certain toys in specific bins to clean up.

If you simply put toys on shelves, you generally need to organize them to make them look tidy. With bins, you simply need to throw the toys inside and close the bin. What’s better than a two-step process for cleaning up?

4. Set Up “Areas”

The one downside to bins is that you don’t always know what’s inside of them. Color coding is easy, but you need to have a legend to tell you which colors denote what’s inside of your bins before you memorize your system. Areas of your playroom will allow you to keep everything organized in less time.

For example, one corner of the playroom could be used to store cooking toys. Another corner could be used for cars. Or you can use “areas” to denote play area organization for certain children as you would with the bins.

5. Go Double Duty

Try to find storage that also doubles as furniture. There are plenty of ottomans, chaise lounges, and benches that double as storage. Anytime you can pull double duty in organizing a playroom, just go for it. You’ll find an extra storage solution, and you’ll also have a functional piece of furniture that you and your kids can use.

Another way to go double duty is to transform your shelves into bin storage. If you’ve been employing the shelf method, you can easily switch to bins. Add bins to cube storage, or stack bins on existing shelves. It’s an easy and cheap way to keep your shelves organized.

If you don’t want to buy bins, you could always install curtains on your shelves to hide the “mess” on your shelves.

6. Clear Storage

One of the easiest ways to remember where the toys are stored is by investing in clear storage bins. Your toys will stay organized, and you’ll be able to see where all the toys belong without opening every bin.

If you don’t have the funds to buy all new storage bins, you can modify your current bins. Simply cut a peek hole in the bins to ensure you can see the toys that belong in every bin.

7. Don’t Overwhelm Your Kids with Toys

One of the easiest ways to keep everything organized is to keep a minimalist outlook on life. If you overwhelm your kids with toys, they won’t be able to keep them organized. After gift-giving holidays, trick your kids by placing at least half the new toys in storage. Bring out one “new” toy every month.

Employ the “one in, one out” mentality. For every new toy your child wants, tell them they must donate another toy to a child in need. This shows them that they can easily give away toys without feeling a sense of lack. They also gain a sense of giving.

Your kids are happy, and you’ll be happy that the playroom has fewer toys to organize.

8. Use the Date Method

If you’re trying to cut back on toys, use the date method. Get 20 new bins. Clean up the playroom every day. Denote one bin for each date. Mark the bin with the date. At the end of the month. Look in the bins to see what toys are left. When was the date that your child last played with those toys? If it was more than two weeks ago, it’s time to get rid of those toys.

9. Consider Display Toys

Aim for buying toys that look nice. Some examples are toy trains, dollhouses, and kitchen sets. These toys are as much display pieces as they are entertaining for your kids.

When all else fails, remind yourself that this room won’t stay a playroom forever. Don’t beat yourself up too badly if organizing a playroom gets away from you all the time. Give yourself a little leeway.

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