We all have that friend who is always put together perfectly, from her outfit to her home! Here at Interior Canvas, we are lucky enough to have a friend who fits that description…and also happens to be a professional home organizer! Kelsey Jackson, founder of Life. Well Kept, is here today to help us get organized. We asked her to start with our playrooms first! Tired of tripping over legos and finding broken crayons everywhere, we are ready to get this room in tip-top shape!
Let’s Get Organized….In The Playroom!
1. Sort, purge and de-clutter
With the holidays behind us, we have most likely accumulated more toys (i.e. clutter) for our playrooms. So this is the perfect time to go through and get rid of the items that your children have outgrown or that are no longer working properly. Children (and mothers!) can have a hard time letting go of things, so I recommend doing the first sweep through your playroom alone. You decide what should be donated or trashed and set these boxes aside (out of sight of your children) for a week or two before getting rid of them permanently, just in case your child is devastated that something is missing. Then work with your children to see if they can identify anything else that can go. This is a great opportunity to start teaching them how to be organized, as well as teaching them the importance of sharing their things with people less fortunate.
2. Get things off the floor
Kids won’t last long in a space that is unorganized, where they don’t have room to move around. Bookshelves or some other type of shelving system are the best way to keep things organized and off the floor. This is where you will put all of your bins, baskets, and totes.
(Kelsey’s Pick: Bulk Bins at Pottery Barn Kids)
3. Create storage systems
Once you have created the space for storage with shelves, you need to create storage systems that work for your children. They need to be easily accessible (not too high and out of their reach) and the items need to be visible and/or clearly labeled. This helps make clean up quick and easy! You can use clear or mesh storage containers, as well as, lined wicker baskets and totes. If you can’t label with a sticker, you can find baskets with chalkboards or use luggage tags around the handle. Again, if a child is not reading, you can always attach a picture of the stored item. Lastly, make sure that your bins are not too large. Larger bins tend to pile in more clutter, making it harder to find things inside and difficult to transport around the room.
4. Designate areas to play
Having designated areas to play helps children stay focused and play longer. You can carve out a corner for reading, near a bookshelf with a comfortable chair or bean bag. I also think it is essential to have a table and chairs for arts and crafts, games and puzzles. This gives kids a place to sit down and focus on something. The same goes for crafts. Have a designated area with an easel and art supplies, a place where your children know they can be creative and even get a little messy!
5. Display artwork
Displaying your child’s artwork is a great way to decorate a playroom. We have a large bulletin board in our playroom filled with my boy’s art from school and camp. You can also hang their artwork on a clothesline along the wall and attach it with clips. Similar to a bulletin board, this is an easy way to display art but also keep it interchangeable. When new work comes home, you can swap it out! A more permanent way to display some of your favorite pieces on the wall is in gallery frames. But keep in mind, you can’t save everything! You and your child can work together to decide what stays and what goes. If they are having a difficult time choosing, put a number on it…tell them they can keep 10 of their favorites. Again, this is a great opportunity to teach them about organization and reducing clutter.
At the end of each year, you make room for new artwork by deciding what should be saved forever in a keepsake box (just make sure you put their name and age on the back!) and what should be tossed. If you are having a difficult time throwing things away, take a picture of each piece and store the images on your computer. This is a good way to reduce clutter, but save the memories (you can even create an art book with the photos later). Also, you can scan the art or use an app on your phone to store the memories (l like the Artkive app).
6. Rotate toys
Doesn’t it seem like our kids have more “stuff” than they actually play with? Consider putting some of their things away and bringing them out again after a few months. This way, your playroom stays neat and organized and your children can focus on the toys in front of them. Then you can swap them out and they have something new to enjoy!
7. Create a nice environment
Lastly, be sure the playroom feels welcoming to children. Pick a soothing, but bright paint color and make sure the room is well-lit.
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