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Children's Playrooms are so much fun to organize! It's one of my favorite places. There are no restrictions on how to do it. Kids are very flexible when it comes to their space. Whether your playroom is large or small, these tips will help you get your space more organized, resulting in less cleaning and straightening up and more fun at play.
Use Small Bins for Small Items.
Store items in the container, and be sure to label the front of the bin. Find containers with attached lids and handles because no parent wants to carry awkward bins. They are perfect for children who like to move around the house and play. Just take the lid with you, and the handle will help them or you carry it. Brilliant idea!
Create Children's toy labels.
If your child can't read yet, use a photo of the object that is inside. If you want to help them associate words with objects, add the name to the top of the image, similar to the picture below. You can create this easily in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. I like to use a large label template and print it out on full-sheet Avery labels . They are sturdy and can easily come off plastic bins. If you want to dress up the tags, you can create a decorative box around the image and word.
Create a Craft Area that Makes Pablo Picasso Jealous.
Gather all the writing and drawing utensils your kids have into one area. Sort them by type: some types are pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, and pastels. You can see how we made our school supply organizer for the home for tips.
If you don't like the carousel idea, you can use plastic shoe box bins with lids and add labels to the front. Here is an example of a set of craft area labels for our carousel organizer and bins when my kids were smaller in their art zone.
Using sheet labels , you can make them on your computer and print them out exactly the way you want them. Customize them for each craft item you have in your kids' playroom. I used these labels below for my kids' craft supplies bins when I used shoe boxes to store them. It worked great and was super easy to clean up when craft time was over—no need to place them in the bins neatly.
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Lego Organization Made Simple
There are many ways to organize Legos. Over the years, we added them to cloth bags and organized them by project, and really none of them worked until we decided to do what the Lego Store does and organize them by color and type. Visit our Legos experience in The Easiest Method When Organizing Lego Pieces. To this day, we still have the Legos in these bins sorted by color. While there are a few larger Lego projects in their own containers, my kids preferred to make their own creations instead of using the Lego instruction guide.
Tip: Watch your child play and identify how he/she plays with them. Do they group them by color or by size? Then, determine how you are going to store the Legos.
Gather all the Electronic Games, Cases, and accessories in one area.
Let’s call this area the "gaming zone". Keeping all the electronics used in a cabinet near where it is played works nicely for everyone. Open bins and stackable ones will give the kiddos access without making too much of a mess. Some organizers can hold controllers, headsets, games, and other items needed to play the games.
Sort the Board Games by Age Group.
To keep the gaming clutter at bay, try using a cabinet or closet to sort all the board games. Use the lower shelves for games they can pull from themselves. Use the higher shelves for the games that you want to be present when they are playing them. Not all games are appropriate to be played by themselves, so sorting them by age works perfectly. Visit our post about Board Game Organization for more tips.
Tip: To keep the clutter at bay, you can also transform a large or small closet into a place to store games and other larger toys. In the image above, I found that just labeling every box and rearranging the content on the shelves helped this client. She was even able to close the doors when the kids weren't in the room. It was a win-win for the entire family.
Have an area for larger toys and create pretend zones
Having zones in your playroom, like dress-up, playing house, and Barbie world, allows kids to emerge in the pretend play experience. My kids loved it when they had all their things around them in this area. For larger toys, set up an area of the playroom for them. I find it is better to have a corner used for these types of items. If it is an outside toy, see if you can store it in the garage or shed or even the backyard instead of inside the house.
I hope these tips help you make a beautiful playroom for your kids and they spend many hours using their imagination in it. I would love to hear from you on how your playroom organization is going, and if you encounter any issues or have any tips, feel free to share them in the comments below.
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