“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” If you haven’t heard that quote before, I’ll bet you’ve lived it!
When it comes to kids room organization, the trick is to keep it simple. So let’s talk about simple solutions to problems like the kid’s room being a constant mess. And wouldn’t it be nice to get out the door without searching for last minute items for once?
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Kids Room Organization on a Budget Ideas
There’s one thing I’ve learned about book organization: They rarely stay on the shelves. Happily, that’s often because someone is excited about reading. The unfortunate side effect is that they dig through the books looking for just the right one…and that often results in a mess of books everywhere.
Here are some better ways to organize those books:
Sort Them Out
If you have children that are school aged, you might know about reading levels. You probably own some “easy readers” that are just right for kids learning to read.
I’ve separated those books away from the others. I actually keep them in a box in the closet. When one of our children is ready to learn how to read, I pull out these books.
They are more interesting to our new reader because he doesn’t see them all the time. And it’s less clutter for me to keep straight in the meantime!
You could rotate out some of your books based on what works for you. Pull out board books, chapter books, books you have read so often you have memorized! Let the kids explore new books for a while.
No More Shelves
Books and shelves go together like baseball and Cracker Jacks. Unfortunately, that setup seems to make as much mess as a box of Cracker Jacks. My kids reach to take one book off the shelves and they all come down!
If that sounds familiar to you, check out this boxed bookshelf instead.
Even if other books come down with the one they’ve chosen, it’s a much smaller mess! And kids are more likely to help keep the area clean when it’s easy for them.
If a child is big enough to look at board books, they’re big enough to clean them up (with help, of course).
Don’t expect a little one to stack board books neatly. Give them a basket or box to drop them into, instead.
I adore this DIY project from This Little Street!
Wall storage is especially popular in smaller areas and homes. Hang up shelves, bins, gutters, baskets or whatever you have on hand. Make sure you put it at a good level for kids to reach!
Hang Them Up
You might already have a set of hanging shelves like these at home: Put them to work holding your board games! As a bonus, you can hang games by age level. Put the Chutes and Ladders style games on the bottom so the little ones can reach.
Small pieces tend to fall out of game boxes easily. That’s why I prefer to grab tubs similar to this for our games.
I’ve also used zip top bags to hold games that fit.
Index Card Holders
I’m a fan of dollar store solutions! Card games never seem to stay in the cardboard box they come with. Grab some plastic index card holders to use instead. Kids are more likely to put these away correctly since it’s easy for their little fingers to manage.
More Card Storage
I also love this idea for storing multiple packs of cards. This container is made for storing photos, but the size makes it perfect for card games. It’s easy grab and go for trips. And under $10!
Don’t Toss It Yet
If your family enjoys a game that is missing pieces, don’t give up yet. You can search Ebay for missing game pieces. (Just don’t pay more for one piece than you’d pay for a whole new game.)
You can use apps on your tablet or phone for spinners or dice.
Make a drawstring bag like this one. Check out Clark Condensed to learn how to make it!
You and the kids will both love the ease of cleanup!
Got a shoe hanger like this one? Place a Barbie or two into each shoe slot. Drop accessories in the bottom row. Your daughter will love choosing her Barbies at a glance.
Girls, in particular, seem to collect hundreds of teeny tiny toys. Keep them organized with ice cube trays! Spray paint them fun colors, then secure them on the wall with a couple of screws.
Displaying her prized toys will become part of her playtime!
Sometimes we toss our toy cars into the back of a dump truck to make cleanup simple. But we usually place them in a car holder similar to this one. I love that it hangs on the door to keep these toys out of the way. Plus you can roll it up for play on the go.
Another fun option is a truck that holds small cars. That’s how you convince a kid to clean up! Make it into play.
Hanging Nerf guns on a wall or in a closet is a fun way to display your collection. But if you want ease of use, grab a tall hamper.
That will fit even the longest Nerf guns!
Want more tips for organizing kids rooms?
Be sure to check out Kids Room Organization Ideas: How to Crush the Clutter.
Days of the Week
If you have a child that is particularly scattered about finding clothes to wear each day, try a days of the week closet organizer.
Set everything out on Sunday to prepare for a great week!
Lost shoes are my nemesis! Make them easier to find with a shoe rack. I like this simple one because it holds even tall boots. (They always make the muddiest messes!)
Laundry baskets are a handy way to keep things in order. Try these instructions from Ana White to make a laundry basket dresser similar to this one.
Do your kids constantly mix up clean clothes with their dirty ones? Make it more fun to put those dirty clothes into a hamper by trying one of these fun ideas!
A great idea that more and more families are adopting is called the family closet. This will involve some rearranging. You might have a room in mind that would work perfectly, or you might have to rearrange your kids’ rooms to make it work.
You’ll put everyone’s clothes in the same room. Use several dressers or places to hang clothing. Place a screen in the corner of the room for kids to dress behind.
With all of the clothing in one location, it’s that much less mess in the bedrooms.
Lost homework and forgotten assignments are trouble for many students. Give them a place to keep those things so you know where to look first.
Catch It All
This desk organizer is great for catching all of the papers, pencils, and other tools your student needs to do their best work. It can hang on the side of the desk, table, or workspace your child prefers.
A chalkboard is a great place to keep track of assignments and their due date. You can color code by each child, just grab a box of colored chalk.
You can paint a chalkboard in a convenient space for your homework or homeschool station. Or grab a premade chalkboard.
I found another blogger who loves dollar store solutions as much as I do!
Learn how to make this DIY Dollar Store Portable Homework Caddy from Simple Made Pretty.
Escape those overdue fines when you keep your library books and supplies together. Choose a basket or bag and keep it in a specific location. Whenever a book has been read, it should always go in this bag so it can be returned on time.
Use small rugs to designate workspace for homeschool or homework. They take up less space than chairs and give kids a specific place to focus.
These kids room organization ideas will make finding things a snap!
Because who has time to look for everything on your way out the door?
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