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Toys. Every holiday, birthday, or time they go visit grandma; it seems my kid comes back with more stuff. How can you say “no” to that little face looking up at you asking to open the new toy? Answer – you can’t. While I would love to go through and throw out over half of my littles’ things, I can’t because the day you do is the day the meltdown happens.
To help avoid chaos at your home, there are a few easy steps to organizing your playroom or family room with toys. Playroom organization doesn’t have to be pilling all of the toys in the corner; there can be order, and you can enjoy it for the 10 seconds it stays that way.
You might be thinking that you don’t have the space in your house and the good news is – you don’t need a lot of space to bring organization tips to help calm the chaos.
Step 1 – Designate an Area
My brother took his old formal dining room and turned it into the kid’s playroom. For me, at our house, it is half of our living room. Sound familiar? Most families don’t have the space for a formal playroom but that doesn’t mean you should live with toys everywhere. Think of a space that you don’t use in your house that you could turn into the kid’s area. One area I try to avoid is the bedroom. My daughter would play all night if I had several toys in there : )
Step 2 – Group like Items
This step seems daunting, but it isn’t. You can group learning toys, toys with wheels, crafts, blocks, etc. Or you can group by color if you like a more symmetrical room. If you have children of different ages, then you can separate the toys by age group. Think about how your child(ren) play and go from there.
For me, I group by like toys. It makes the most sense for how my daughter plays and learns. I am also going to make a baby section for our little one on the way.
Step 3 – What You’ll Need
Start with a good bookshelf. You can find these anywhere, even off a buy, sell, trade local community group. Don’t go out and spend a fortune on a new one because, let’s face it, your kids will destroy it over time. Plus, you can paint it a fun color – or if you are like me - gray.
Storage bins are going to be your best friend. You’ll want to get several because you can always use you more than you think. These come in many different styles, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect fit for your new playroom!
Step 4 – Think Outside the Norm
One piece of advice I got from a professional organizer, go vertical. There is a lot of extra space that you can use. Now, while you little may not be able to reach all of it, you can still use this space. You can rotate toys, put seasonal toys up, or if you are brave enough add a little step stool so your kid can reach it. Add height by adding a 3-drawer dresser, not only can you use the 3 drawers, but putting stuff on the top too!
Again, look through online groups for bookshelves, or even add some hooks to the wall. This is your kids’ space, use it to the best of THEIR ability! Now, go on with your bad self.
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