If you have kids, you most likely have a room that looks like this. Yes, it looks crazy but you also know kids love to make messes. This was a project I did recently with a client. She thought we were just going to work on this room. Well, we ended up clearing out her family room too. Yes – two rooms in two hours! Here is how we made this playroom more organized for her two boys. I hope you pick up some playroom organizing tips from our experience. Here we go!
First, she showed me the two places that the kids were using for their toys. We organized the family room and removed anything that she didn’t want in there. The kids took some of the toys there. Other items her husband had placed there temporarily and somehow now found their home in the family room. The family room was across from the kitchen so she didn’t feel it was necessary to have all the toys in there. She wanted the family room to be a place to gather and play games as a family (there isn’t even a TV in the room) and a place where the kids can play when she was cooking dinner. We kept the kitchen play set, the kitchen accessories, and the board games in the space only. To hide the larger kitchen set and the accessories, we moved the playing kitchen zone behind the large chair to hide it. You can’t even see it from the kitchen at all.
“I can’t believe we were able to organize two rooms today”, she said over and over.
We then starting working on the actual playroom area. We brought all the items that wasn’t supposed to be in the family room into the playroom area. The picture above shows all the different bins and other supplies we used.
Here kids were at the age where she could get rid of any baby toys so that helped a lot. She was going to have a yard sale and if they didn’t sell there, she was going to take them to a big consignment event in the area. If she didn’t go to the consignment event, she was going to bring them to a donation place. She already knew the dates of these events and had a plan so that helped her let go of toys that she was on the fence about.
Then, we went through each bin. We created two areas for sorting. “Consignment shop” bin(s) held the items that were going to be sold or donated. After all the sorting was done, we had 3 large consignment shop toys bins. The “Trash bag” area was for broken and missing parts toys. We ended up with 3 bags of trash. Sorry, to say, none of it was recyclable. =(
This is the “After” picture!
“Where did we put the toys?” you may be wondering.
We stored all the larger toys in the center bin. The smaller opening at the bottom we used for remote controls for cars and trucks.
The open bins to the left were for smaller cars and other smaller items. We didn’t feel it was necessary to label them because they were so few items in them that if the kids placed the items in the different bins, they would still be able to find them.
What you can’t see is there are two air vents on the left and right corners of the window so to allow air to come through, we placed items that were easy to move and lightweight so the air would be able to come through.
I hope this inspired you to get your playroom organized. What do you think? Please leave any questions in the comments section. If you need more help with organizing this space, here are some posts I wrote:
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