You walk into your child’s room and heave a loud sigh. Even though you just cleaned the room, it’s already wall to wall toys… again. Why can’t they seem to keep it clean? What you need are some kids room organization ideas.
Here are some kids room organization ideas to crush the clutter.
The first and most important way to organize all of that clutter is not only free…it can even earn you some money! It’s time to do a purge and decluttering.
If your child’s room has toys in every nook and cranny, it is very likely that they are overwhelmed by their toys. It’s hard for them to play when they first have to choose a toy, find all of the parts for it, and then make space to play. So while decluttering might seem like a punishment, in reality it is going to make their play time far more enjoyable.
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How to declutter a kid’s room.
If you want to involve your child in the decluttering, I recommend that you read the book Too Many Toys to them first. It’s a great story about a child choosing which of his toys he will get rid of, and it’s written by the author of the “No, David!” books.
On the other hand, many parents find it simpler to clear clutter without their child in the house. It’s much easier to make decisions about what to keep and what can go when you don’t have distractions and crying children who don’t really understand the process around.
An easy way to start is to throw away any toys that are broken beyond repair. Remember that even if your child once adored a toy, if it’s truly broken then it’s time to let it go.
Next move on to the toys your child has outgrown. If they are in good working condition, you can sell them (Craigslist, yard sales, or consignment stores are good choices). Or if you know of a family that could benefit from them, hand them down.
Now you are left with good, working toys that your child still enjoys playing with. You’ll have to be honest about the amount of toys that your space will hold and that your child won’t feel overwhelmed with.
There are a few creative ideas for kids toy storage:
- Find ways to organize all of them so that they don’t become clutter as easily.
- Get rid of some of the lesser loved items.
- Store some of them away in tubs (these work great) where your child won’t have access to them.
Once you have some toys packed away in tubs, you can choose to wait and see if he or she asks for any toys specifically. After several months, any toys they don’t ask for by name can be donated or sold.
Alternately, you can make a trade. At the start of every month you could pack away all of the toys they have in their room right now and give them a tub from storage to play with instead. The benefit of this system is that they feel like they have “new” toys and are more likely to play with them.
Choose a system.
Now you are down to a more manageable amount of toys. It’s time to choose an organizational system that will work for your family.
The toy box
You might choose to have a large toy box to contain your toys. Here are some pros and cons:
You can find toy boxes at secondhand shops or you can build one yourself (if you’re handy!). Or, if you’d rather buy a box, there are some fairly frugal options. These choices 3 Sprouts Whale Toy Chest and the Princess Castle Toy Box have pretty good reviews and come in at under $25.
You can choose to use small bins in the room. Each bin would hold a different type of toys. All the dinosaurs in this bin, all of the baby doll clothes in that bin.
Something to consider with bins is whether or not to have lids. For objects like Legos or Littlest Pet Shop, it’s important to find a bin with a lid so that they don’t spill easily. Flip Top Storage Box
On the other hand, I want to encourage my 2 year old to clean up his own cars. So I choose a large bin without a lid that is easy for him to toss his toys into when he is finished with them.
These Small storage bins work great, and can easily be slid under a bed or on a shelf.
These thrifty crates are super for holding things like stuffed animals, backpacks, sports equipment, large trucks or tractors, and more.
In our home, I tend to use a toy box for large items or random items that aren’t part of a set. We use bins for smaller toys that I wouldn’t want to be spilled or toys that are a set and children want to play with together. We use crates as described above.
Use What You Have
Don’t forget to use your own creative ideas! If you still have your old stuffed animal net from when you were a child, put it to work organizing your child’s room! Vertical storage is always great in a small space. (Be sure to anchor any vertical shelves you use in a child’s room!)
While you are decluttering broken items, keep a look out for useful parts. We had to get rid of a play tools set, but the toy toolbox was still in fine shape. Now we use it to store dinosaurs.
If you have a pile of Amazon boxes from Christmas, they can become storage. Cover them with contact paper to make them sturdier and more attractive.
A combination of these kids room organization ideas should help you crush the clutter in no time.
What is your favorite frugal way to organize a child’s room?