Playroom Organizing Tips

Playroom organizing tips

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!

before playarea

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. =(

after playarea

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.

The Thomas The Train sets and Lego Duplo bins were swapped out for larger bins. The balls were placed in the brown chest to the right and the wicker bin on top stored the stuffed animals.

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:

Creating Zones in an Organized Child Playroom

10 Toy Organizer Ideas

5 Games to Help Kids Understand How to Organize


Amazon has some really cute toys and storage bins for kids, check these out.  Click on them if you wish to buy.  (I receive a referral fee for these purchases.)


Creating Zones in an Organized Child Playroom

Creating Zones in an Organized Child Playrom


A playroom is so much fun to set up and use. It is one of my favorite areas of the home to organize. I love to make the space usable and fun for children’s imagination. Here are tips on creating zones in an organized child playroom a huge success. First, decide what areas you want in the play room.  Of course, a toy section is necessary.  Then, a TV/Video Gaming section is a must too.  Dress-up areas are fun, as well as, playing house areas.



For small toys, you can add the different toys to one large bin like you can see in this image above.   We also added pictures and product names on the labels.

For large toys, store them on the floor or on tall bookshelves with earthquake straps attached to the wall.

Place toys that need to be supervised when playing on the top shelve in a colored bin so the kids can’t see what is inside.



Here is a great dress-up area for kids from Amazon.

If you don’t want to get this fancy, you can include peg hooks and shoe shelves for a great affordable dress-up section.



Have a kitchen and a table near each other.


In the playhouse area, using bins with open tops will help keep your pretend food in one place.




All you really need in the TV / Gaming area is a place to sit and a place to store DVDs and Games.  Beanbag chairs work nicely.  Here is one from Amazon.

Here are a few places to store gaming supplies from Amazon.



If you have lots of small pencils, pens, crayons, markers, have them in lidded bin, just in case, they fall. You will not have a mess on your floor. Yuck! Also, storing small craft kits in one larger bin works well.  This way, they will be in one place when your kids say, “I’m bored.” And, you want to pull out something out for them to do.  Works every time for my kids. And, I don’t have to remember where the craft kits are.  Easy peasy, right?


Add a great table with chairs for them to sit or easel for their masterpieces.


Kids Lego Bin

These drawers with wheels work nicely for Lego.  I also like the adjustable tables for the kids to make their Lego Creations.  It also gives them a place to display their creations when they are finished.   Here is a more detailed Organizing Lego Pieces post for you to read.



Bookshelves with books facing forward invite children to review the books. Place a comfortable chair nearby as well will remind them to sit and stay for a while. What fun!

Here is a bookshelf from Amazon:

Have a chalkboard or marker board with a cute little desk so your children can teach to their friends. They have so much fun playing school.



Store smaller games in one larger bin near the bottom. A bin with wheels works nicely if it gets too heavy.  On the shelves above, you can store the other board games.  I like to divide my board games by age group and/or the number of players.

Whatever zones you use for your child’s organized playroom, make the space fun and organized.  If items need a bin, get a bin. If the kids need a table to use for their crafts, get one.  The playroom should have everything possible the kids would need for the different zones.  It doesn’t need to be large, it just needs to be functional.  Enjoy the process of making this playroom.

5 Unique Organizing Tips From a Professional Organizer

5 Unique Organizing Tips From a Professional Organizer

There are lots of tips on organizing on the web, tv, radio, and podcasts.  What makes these unique organizing tips?  Well, it is because these tips were created as the client and I needed it.  All of these tips and photos are photos from my consultations with clients.  Read on and you can see how we came to this sort of organizing tip.   I hope you enjoy it.


Unique Organizing Tip #1: In small drawers, use customized drawer organizers to maximize the space.

This tip came from looking high and low for smaller drawer organizers.  There are very few that are less than 18 inches wide.  So, we decided to make a customized one for all the flatware we had. 
In small drawers, use customized drawer organizers to maximize the space.


Unique Organizing Tip #2: Label solid color bins to remind you what are in them.

This unique organizing tip came from clients getting annoyed when they couldn’t remember where an item was in their storage room or kids playroom area. They would know the system when we would set it up.  But, when they had to find something, it was torture remembering everything. They couldn’t remember where things were at all.  As a result, I realized that for the most part, my clients worked on the philosophy, “Out of site, out of mind”.  So, you can see how difficult colored bins with no labels would be for them.
Label solid color bins to remind you what are in them.


Unique Organizing Tip #3: Only Have One(1) Inbox in your home office.

This unique organizing tip came from a few of my male clients projects.  They felt the need to put papers in baskets in their home office just so they were in a bin.  Each bin didn’t necessarily have a purpose.  Making one bin be their “go to” bin is important.  The in bin only holds items you haven’t looked at.  It’s that just came in.  After you look at the piece of paper in the bin, it then gets moved to another bin or file or recycled.   
Only Have One(1) Inbox in your home office.


Unique Organizing Tip #4: When you want to sell an item in your home, but it is too heavy to move, hang a sign and write what you want to do with the item.

This unique organizing tip came from a client need to get rid of extra furniture and other bigger items.  Since they couldn’t be removed right away, we needed to remind her what action needed to be taken with a particular item.  So I created these signs that would help her remember.  It worked beautifully. 
When you want to sell an item in your home, but it is too heavy to move, hang a sign and write what you want to do with the item.


Unique Organizing Tip #5: Use pull out drawers in lower cabinets.

This unique organizing tip came from my clients and my home.  The back of the lower cabinet space was always a pain to get to and it helped if we could pull out the items to help us get to them.  I added additional items to the pull out to make they pull out more customized and organized for the client.  These additional items that were added could be from the dollar store or re-purposed items so the pull out drawer wasn’t a mess when we did pull it out. 
Use pull out drawers in lower cabinets

Stay tuned for many more unique organizing tips from me.  Join the conversation, what is your favorite organizing tip that you created in your home?  Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.


10 Toy Organizer Ideas

10 Toy Organizer Ideas | Sabrina's Organizing #toy #organizer #ideas

Organizing a playroom is important.  It helps everyone. Your children will know where every toy goes and after you have labeled all the bins, you will be able to direct them on where the toys will go. Here are 10 toy organizer ideas to help you with your kids toys in their playroom. Put heavy toys at the bottom of a shelving unit in bins with wheels so children can roll them out when they want them.  Here is one from Amazon. Strap the back of tall bookshelves to the wall.  If you furniture doesn’t have a strap with it, you can buy them separately. Here is one from Amazon. Organize Computer game cases in a box standing up so you can see the titles.  Here is an example of one at Amazon. Have craft supplies all in one area.  A craft supplies cart would work to hold all your supplies.  Here is one from Amazon. Create a great dress-up area for girls or boys. Use wooden pegboard to hang scarves and hats and closet shoe shelves to hold the different dress shoes. This one I thought looked cute from Amazon. Sort Lego by color. It helps when the kids want to build something that is one color.  Here is an example of my Lego Bins that we created for our kids. Kids Lego Bin Place outdoor toys in the garage area for easy access. Store balls in big tote bins.  Here is a great bin for balls that can be stored in your garage.   I used one similar to this one for a client in the past.   Lay larger board games on their side to saves space on  shelves.  Stand the boardgames on their side to save space. Store kids movies or shows on Apple iCloud or any other provider you may use so you can access them anytime and anywhere. iCloud for Movies Label with pictures and words for kids that can’t read yet.  Here is an example of what a label could look like: Hats Label - create labels with pictures for bins to help kids know what is in bins.   Whatever you decide to do with your playroom, be sure to have everyone’s input, especially the kids using the plan room.  They can also help you set up the space.  Have them pick out colors and make it fun for them so they see organizing as a fun task not a boring one.  Enjoy the process.

Note: I have not purchased or used these exact items before.  They are just for a visual example.  Please do some research on any and all of these Amazon products if you decide to purchase them.  I get a percentage of the sale only if you purchase an item when clicking through to Amazon.

10 Toy Organizer ideas - Playroom

Explaining Needing and Wanting to Kids

Explaining Needing and Wanting to kids

So, I sat down with my son and daughter some time ago and planned on explaining needing and wanting to them.  This explaining needing and wanting to my kids’ post is how I did it.

I first explained to them the difference between “needing” and “wanting” to keep items.

“Wanting” is wishing to keep something because there was a connection to it in the past. For example, wanting to keep a doll because their aunt gave it to them.  But, they have not played with it recently, or it is no longer their favorite and it is stuffed in a box stored away somewhere decaying.  They won’t need to replace these items.

Wanting Definition


“Needing” is when items that they use more frequently and will use in the future; like, their toothbrush, their school clothes, their reference books or school supplies.  Usually, when these items get worn or used up, they will most likely replace them.

Needing Definition

I decided to explain needing and wanting to the kids in very simple terms as I described it above.  This helped them be less anxious about the process.   Since children look to their feelings first when deciding to keep an item, I decided to help them group items from bins in the back of the closet or items stored in another room. This way, the emotional attachment wasn’t as clear since they haven’t seen the toy recently.

It was time to jump right in and start purging! I was so excited!  

We pulled out the oldest bins and reviewed each item, and I asked these questions:

  1. Is there little or no dust on the object? I explained to them that if it had a lot of dust that usually means they hadn’t used it in a while because dust settles on items that have not been moved.
  2. Do they remember the last time they played with it?
  3. Is it a toy for their age?
  4. Does it still fit them?
  5. Does it look like new?

If they said, “no” to any of these questions, chances are, they could get rid of it without regret.  Though sometimes they decide that they can’t live without an item, so to not break the purging process, I gave in and told them to put it aside.

After going through their rooms, we were able to fill 12 bags of toys from games to large figures using this method. To help them let go of those items that were borderline need and want, I promised them I would give those toys to younger children who are unable to buy them for him or herself. This helped ease their mind. So, to keep up my end of the deal, I emailed my friends and family to see if they wanted any of the toys/games.  Any item that was left over was brought to Goodwill for donation.

Another way to deal with not wanting to get rid of toys is to make a deal with your child that you would get them a new toy if they got rid of 10 or 20 items.  This way they get a reward for getting rid of toys they don’t use. This will also show your child that you understand his/her feelings about letting go of items. This will give him/her the incentive to purge. Chances are as they go through the purging process, they will get excited and start to get rid of a lot more than the number you indicated. Try it and see.

As life changes, the newly organized room and items should be reviewed and purge again. After all, organizing is a process that consistently needs updating. For this reason, I never get bored with organizing! Let me know how you are explaining needing and wanting to kids.  I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Explaining Needing and Wanting to Kids

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