Organizing The Playroom

Learn how to organize your children's playroom by limiting the number of toys available and through the use of various methods of storage.

Parents would love for their children to have a playroom free of clutter and neatly organized. However, "kids", "toys" and "organization" aren't easily found in the same space without a bit of work. Here are several tips on how to create a playroom that is easy to use and organized.

Disorganization often sets in when having too many things in one area. Before you do anything to the playroom, consider that your children might own too many toys. It's easiest to start weeding through their items by throwing out toys that are broken or missing pieces. Next, look for toys your children have outgrown, are bored with, or hardly use. Consider donating these to a local charity, or having a garage sale. Lastly, check for toys that do not belong to your children, or were borrowed and never returned. You may also find items in your children's play space that simply don't belong there, such as outside toys, books meant for Mom, or a dresser full of clothes.

Once you have determined what toys, games, and books should actually be in the playroom, you can get to work on how to arrange them throughout the room. If you have a large space, a creative way to organize toys is into activity areas. A playroom set up in this manner might have a corner for reading, complete with soft furniture and a bookshelf with age-appropriate reading material, a kitchen or home life area, separate areas for cars and trucks, dress up, building blocks, etc. These areas can make creative use of the playing space and are often fun to watch children explore.

Playrooms are, however, just as useful with an open floor plan and toys arranged in various methods of storage around the perimeter of the room. A simple way to organize in this manner is with totes or other containers. If you purchase clear containers, you will be able to see what is in them. However, some parents feel this makes the room look messier and opt for solid color totes. Regardless of what kind of totes or containers you choose, remember to label the outside with the internal contents. Larger totes are great for things such as big blocks, train sets, dolls, coloring books, or large collections of die cast cars or action figures. Smaller containers work wonderfully for magnets, crayons, or other smaller items.

Totes are also a good way to switch out your children's toys. Young children, who tire of toys rather quickly, appreciate the newness of having certain toys put away and reappearing at a later time. If you plan to use this method with your children, go through all their toys and evenly divide them between two or three totes. Leave one tote of toys out for playing and arrange the toys throughout the playroom. Put the other two totes of toys into a closet or other storage area. Every two weeks, switch the totes. This will not only give the children the excitement of rediscovering their toys, it will also keep boredom from setting in.

Shelving is an important addition to any playroom. Make sure however, the shelving is securely fastened to the wall. Children have been known to climb a wall of shelving and this can be disastrous, especially if a freestanding shelf falls over. A possible solution to this problem, if you are worried about your children climbing, is to make the shelving in the playroom begin at a height that is unreachable to your child. Hanging shelves secured to the ceiling, as opposed to those attached to the wall, is another option.

Other creative ideas for storage include over the door shoe bags, tackle boxes, or pet nets. Several companies sell storage compartments specifically intended for use in a child's playroom or bedroom. Consider what items you have to organize and the space you have to work with, and you will be better equipped to choose the proper ways in which to organize your children's toys.

Lastly, remember that a good playroom has enough space to play. Do not make the toy room too full, busy, or stimulating. This can be overwhelming for children and they will react by not knowing where to start playing. Approach your child's playroom with simplicity and minimalism, and you will easily reach your goal of organization.

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