No matter how old your kids are or how many you have – it’s definitely a challenge to keep their space organized. But while it may involve some trial and error, having a good handle on organizing your child’s room and play spaces will save a lot of time and effort, and teach some valuable life lessons too.
For kids, there are a few tips to consider before you get started:
- While having a good system and order is critical, leave space for imperfections. Kids need the freedom to experiment and make mistakes.
- Kids’ needs change quickly. Think ahead a few months and anticipate how the space will need to adjust to their changing needs (New hobby? School starting? Sleepovers?)
- Involve them in your plans and let them play an active part in creating an environment they want to keep organized. Their enthusiasm for sticking to the plan they helped create may make all the difference.
- Keep it fun! Having a well-organized room can create extra space to add in the fun factor.
Let’s begin with the basics: Toy Storage!
Beyond a well-stocked bookshelf, a neat closet and chest of drawers, kids rooms are often crowded with lots of toys – which get pulled out of their designated spots very frequently. While a parent will likely need to lend a helping hand with the clothes, kids as young as two are perfectly capable of putting their own toys away. Invest in a good quality toy chest or storage unit that sits low to the ground, so kids can easily reach it to make toy clean up quick and easy. Look for units that are modular and can be stacked, so you can add more storage as kids get older, or create different solutions as you re-organize the rooms in your home. Always ensure the appropriate safety features are included like a soft close hinge for the top, or if the unit is stacked, an anti-tip kit to help secure it to a wall.
Often the kid’s room is among the smallest in the house – but kids have lots of stuff!
A great way to optimize a small space is a loft bed. Kids love sleeping up high and the extra space can be used to add desks, dressers or book-shelves. A popular solution for getting into a loft bed is the staircase. Not only is it a unique and fun way to get into your loft bed, some manufacturers offer extra storage by turning each step into a drawer.
Bunk beds can be space saving too – you can sleep up to 3 kids “stacked” one on top of the other, or opt for more innovative designs that neatly fit into corners and use every inch of space.
Kids love sleepovers, but young kids can lose their courage during a long night at a strange house. To avoid your little guests getting homesick, make their quarters extra comfy and set them up for maximum fun. Consider adding a trundle bed under your child’s bed so stories and giggles are shared just by leaning over, and the sleeping surface is doubled simply by rolling out the trundle bed. What’s best – when the overnight guests have gone, the trundle rolls away neatly right under your child’s bed, freeing up floor space again instantly.
Summer is time for fun – but going back to school will happen faster than you know!
To get your child organized for school, designate a quiet, sunny spot for homework – where interruptions from siblings or noise are kept to a minimum. Select a desk with a large writing surface and drawers to help keep pencils and books organized. If space is a concern you can opt for desks that roll out of the way – so that as soon as homework is done the space can be converted back to be all about play! For an older child, school gets more complex and organizing becomes more of a challenge – consider adding a hutch to your desk for additional storage space to help keep everything neat and tidy.
Kids’ room will always be a bit of a challenge, but hopefully these tips will spark some ideas to help you not only organize the space, but make it a fun place for your child to enjoy being in!
By Anne Jensen
Photos courtesy of Maxtrix Kids