Tame Your Kids’ Playroom—5 Tips from an Organizing Expert
Kids aren’t always logical, but their space can be. Learn how to organize your kids' playroom with these easy solutions from certified professional organizer Julie Bestry.
Keeping your kids' playroom organized can often feel like an impossible task: can someone explain how the clutter in this space always appears to multiply?! Solving the issue of playroom organization, while teaching your kids simple organizational skills, is easier than you think if you keep in mind how little ones learn. For example, many young children are visually-oriented, so make it easy for them to see where items belong. Try taping a photograph of a bin's contents to the outside of the bin so your kids can quickly see where each toy lives. Having this visual representation of what goes where will encourage your children to tidy up and helps them develop organizational skills early on in life. Want more kid-friendly, pro-approved tips for playroom organization? Try the expert-recommended strategies below.
1. Exhibit Art Projects
Hang a cable or clothesline on one wall (above climbing height) to showcase current masterpieces. It provides a set amount of space for artwork to live, so have your child choose their favorite pieces to display.
To buy: Clothespin Photo & Memo Holder, $15; containerstore.com.
2. Reorient Books
Arrange books facing outward so youngsters can see the cover images. It will be easier for them to find the volume they want, especially if they’re not quite reading yet.
To buy: Sloan Bookrack, $199; potterybarnkids.com.
3. Create Adaptable Storage
Cubby shelves offer flexibility as children grow. First use them to stash categorized toy bins; then transition them into book or clothing storage spots. Help kids keep shelves neat by attaching a label or a photo of the contents to the outside of each bin.
4. Split the Space
If your play area is part of a room that does double duty, separate the room into zones. Lay a cushioned rug to designate the play zone, and consider adding a folding room divider to mask any clutter when it’s not in use.
To buy: Cali Play Rug, $199; ruggishco.com.
5. Scale to Fit
Opt for kid-size furniture—chairs they can get into and out of on their own, tables that are just the right height for standing while doing projects. Bonus: You’ll have more space for active play.