Given the right tools a kid has the ability to keep their rooms organized. The question becomes whether or not as a parent we have the know-how to give our child the tools they need and help them to begin the organization process. The following are some great tips for keeping a kid’s room organized and providing your child with the right tools to do it themselves.
Tip #1 Make It Clear
While plastic bins and organizers are a great all, if your child can’t see what’s in them, they aren’t very useful. When you start begin to organize your child’s room, purchase clear plastic bins so that your child can quickly and easily see which toys are in which bins. When they are able to see what goes where, they’re apt to do a better keeping things organized.
Tip #2 Keep Things Closed
When you purchase clear plastic bins, choose ones that have snap on or lockable lids. If the lid comes off easily or can’t be secured, things tend to fall out the bins, thus adding to the problem.
Tip #3 Think Flexibility
Purchase a utility shelf system with adjustable shelving so that you can move the shelves up and down to accommodate your child’s toys and other items of different sizes. As your child grows older, you can adjust the shelves to accommodate their new items and interests.
Tip #4 Get Specific
Having a toy chest is a great idea, unless you want actual organization among your child’s toys. A toy chest means having toys stuffed in it without rhyme or reason; small pieces are apt to get lost in the chaos of the box and broken toys are often thrown in with good toys. Instead of one big toy chest consider buying smaller, shoebox-sized clear plastic containers and sorting toys according by type, such as Barbies and stuffed animals. It’s a great idea to invest in a bookshelf and place the clear plastic bins on the shelf so your child can quickly and easily see what is in each bin without opening it and making a mess.
Tip #5 Store What’s You’re Not Using
A child’s room can get cluttered quickly so there’s no reason to keep their winter clothes hung in the closet during the summer. The same applies to baby toys in a four-year-old’s room; pack them up and store them in the basement, the attic or wherever you store things. If you’re not using it, again, pack it up and store it. Whenever you’re packing things for storage, choose clear plastic containers so you can see the contents easily without opening them.
Tip #6 Plan For the Future
If you’re like most parents, you don’t want to be re-organizing your child’s room every six months. That said, when you’re planning and organizing their room, set it up so that the systems used to organize the room can grow with them. For example, designate a place for books. Instead of having to create a new the book area as your child advances to a new level of reading, simply remove the old books and replace them with the new, age-appropriate books. The same holds true for toys. As your child becomes interested in a new toy, remove the bin of toys that no longer hold their interest and replace it with the bin of toys they’re now interested in. Bins and bookshelves are great examples of foundation items that will grow with your child and keep them organized as they get older.