Winter is the time to get your house organized, especially your kids’ toys. If your kids are getting bored often, some reorganization may help. I’ve found that when I reorganize and clean out their playroom, they rediscover their old toys! Below are some tips for your own playroom organization.
Playroom Organization: How To
The first thing step in playroom organization is decluttering. Take everything out of the cabinets and drawers and wipe out the inside. Dust any shelves. Get rid of toys, books, and activities that your kids have outgrown!
Next, you need to find a home for everything you decide to keep. Keep like items together. Organize their toys, books, and activity sets in a way that make sense for them. Put activities you don’t want them to access on their own on high shelves, and put items you want them to use independently low enough for them to reach.
Last, label everything! Ultimately, your kids will be more likely to keep their room somewhat organized if they can easily see where things are supposed to go. If your kids can’t read, label with pictures.
Our Playroom Organization
First of all, I decluttered all of their shelves and bins of anything they have outgrown and threw away anything broken. Next, I organized their toys into piles by type, and then found an appropriately-sized bin.
Then I put items that wouldn’t fit in a bin on the shelf (together with all like items in one cube of the shelf).
Since some of these sets had small pieces I want to keep with the main toy, I put smaller pieces in Ziploc bags and labeled them.
Inside the bins, I put like items together. They have a bin for their mouse houses and furniture, Toy Story toys, baby dolls, Barbies, and My Little Pony toys.
I also put all of the princesses, horses, and furniture for their Little People castle in bins next to the castle.
In addition, I have a large chest that I used to store dress-up clothes, and a basket holds various balls I found.
Next to their play kitchen, I put two baskets: one for play food and one for play dishes/pans/utensils. So, when they are playing with the kitchen, all of the toys they need are right there.
They also have another toy shelf organizer that I used to separate the smaller sets of toys into categories. Still another cabinet holds puzzles and electronic toys, and two bins on the floor hold their blocks.
Playroom Organization: The Basics
Simple enough, right? I really just used what I had on hand to get our playroom organized, so you don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money just to make your playroom look ready for Pinterest. 😉 Most of all, playroom organization is about making the room functional and fun. And don’t forget to label all of the bins and shelves so your kids don’t forget where all of their toys go now that you’ve given everything a new home!
How do you help your kids organize their toys? Share your ideas for playroom organization in the comments!