Sometimes kids rooms can look like a hurricane went through and left chaos behind. As much as this looks fine to the children, it looks horrendous to us parents. The secret trick to a tidier kids room is easy kids room organization ideas that will make it simple for your child to keep things where they belong. If you go through the bedroom organizational process with your children, instead of doing it for them (I know it is an attractive time saver), your children will learn a lot about how to organize their own room. They will also feel the satisfaction of having done it themselves while appreciating the effort it takes. Here are fifteen kids room organization ideas to help keep even a small bedroom a tidy room.
Kids Room Organization Ideas To Turn A Disaster Zone Into An Attractive Child’s Room
As you work through these kids room organization ideas, don’t forget to involve your child. Showing and explaining how something should be done might not be enough, depending on your kid. You might need to turn everything into a game to get kids to clean up, a sort of competition between you two, in order to draw your child’s attention for longer. Not only is it good for kids to learn to help with the chores, they will also find it easier to keep things organized because they will know where everything goes from having helped create the organized room.
Before you begin organizing, save yourself some time and energy by getting rid of the things they don’t need first. In this way you don’t have to waste time finding a home for things you really should give away anyway. Some kids will get really into the idea of sharing their used toys with those that need them more and they will be happy to help with the decluttering (my daughter for instance). Other children will be sorrowful that you are trying to make them part with their precious toys. (My son for instance, who once told me that when he grows up he will get his own house and no one will make him giveaway his old toys.)
Either way, de-cluttering is an important part of the process to teach your child. Based on your child’s age and reaction to decluttering you may want to do part of this process when they aren’t there to help you and part when they are there. Decluttering reduces visual clutter and creates extra space so it is an invaluable first step.
Arrange According To Your Child’s Needs
Organization is not all about de-cluttering, though. It’s also about arranging the room according to your child’s needs- having in mind their perspective. As kids are much shorter than we are, it is helpful to have a look around the kids room from their eye level. You don’t want items that are important to them to be hard to reach. Also if the hanging rod in the closet is just too high, then of course they can’t hang up their clothes! So you may need to provide more drawers, a step stool, and or add a lower hanging bar. You may also want to check for sticky dresser drawers that might pose a problem for your child and get those fixed. The easier it is for your child, the more likely it will get done!
Closets often end up being a hodge podge of stuff just stuck in there in effort to remove it from the parent’s view. However, they can be super useful spaces. Bedroom closet organizers can make a world of difference. Having ample shelving and drawers in the closet is a great way to make clutter disappear into neat, organized storage areas. You may also want to use a few wall hooks inside the closet or on the back of the door to hang things like belts. Making sure to fully utilizing closet space goes a long way towards reducing the storage solutions needed in the room itself.
Clear plastic containers are great for organizing small toys. When the toy is composed of many parts, you may want to teach your kid to store them in one container, explaining that this is the easiest way to find the matching pieces. Clear storage containers are great for collections of things such a toy cars, toy figurines, army men, marbles, craft supplies, etc. You can use shoe boxes too if you prefer but then you will definitely need large clear labels to make it easy for your child to find what they are looking for.
Cubby shelves are perfect for organizing toys by type and setting out toy models. They are also perfect for holding storage containers which can conceal so many small items.
Large baskets can be great catch alls for storing extra stuffed animals, blankets, or random toys without an assigned shelf or box. They are a great solution to free up a lot of space.
Bookshelves are another home organization idea. They are a must for keeping your favorite books organized. They can also provide a flat surface for displaying decorative elements in plain sight.
Nightstands With Drawers
Nightstands with drawers are a great idea to get in some extra storage space. They also make a good place to keep their pajamas close and convenient.
If you still need more storage, try a head board with storage. Or add some flat wide storage drawers under the bed frame and cover with a bed skirt. This even works with bunk beds. This extra bedroom storage is a great choice for out of season clothes that you don’t need to access frequently.
Adding a few high shelves to the walls can give you a place to store breakable or seldom used items, or decor that doesn’t really need to be reached by the child.
Keeping your floor space clear by making good use of vertical space with shelving helps small rooms feel larger.
A storage bench can be added to the foot of your child’s bed. This is an easy way to store extra blankets or provide extra storage for things like board games, etc.
Don’t forget to add a laundry hamper so your child can learn to put dirty clothes in the hamper and put clean clothes away. Another solution if you don’t have enough room for a hamper in the bedroom, is to train them to bring their dirty laundry straight to the laundry room and keep a laundry basket there.
Print out some nice big, easy to read labels that have simple clear words or pictures to help you child remember where things should go. Put a label on each drawer, bin, and shelf to make it easy for them.
If you child has a play table, consider adding shelves or getting large storage bins to slip under this piece of furniture and out of the way.
Desks with drawers are fantastic for organizing desk supplies. If there are no drawers consider some handy plastic bins from the dollar store for holding papers, markers, pencils, etc.
These bedroom organization ideas are especially essential if you are working with a small space. Keeping a room organized helps it look more appealing, provides easy access to things you need, and makes it feel bigger.
Nobody says that it won’t take some time to teach your kid how to organize his/her own room, but this is absolutely necessary. You will all really benefit and enjoy a more organized room. I hope you find these kids room organization ideas useful. Which was your favorite?
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Karen Medlin says
Good tips, you do need to teach the kids how to keep organized while they are young. I attend quite a few Boy Scout campouts and I could not believe how many of these young men do not even know how to fold their own clothes to put back in a backpack. If they are unorganized, they just get lost in the all the clutter that surrounds them.
Jen Lawrence says
I think the most important part of parenthood is to teach children how to stay organized & not mess up everything, especially in smaller spaces!
Keep up the good work.
Aiyana Bose says
I am pregnant right now and seeing your blog will surely help me in the future. I was wondering how would be my baby room. Organizing Kids Rooms is always a dream for every parent. getting tips from you will all really benefit.