5 Steps to an Organized Playroom
Ask yourself these questions to design your perfect space.
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Step #3: Organize without Little Helpers
Perhaps you’ve purchased new storage options, or you’re redefining how your old ones should be used. Either way, plan a time without little helpers to do the major toy organization.
Start with the standard three-pile system. Consider sorting as follows:
1. Keep: Items in good condition and are played with regularly.
2. Give: Items in good condition but aren’t played with consistently.
3. Trash: Items that have broken/missing pieces and aren’t needed any longer.
Your first pile is likely your largest and what you’ll be working to organize. Begin by grouping like object such as: Vehicles, Play Food, Dress Up, Blocks, Trains, Learning Toys, etc.
Baskets and bins are your friend when trying to store toys. Denote a basket for each category of toys that you have. Books can be grouped by author or type, with some favorites in a basket and the rest on a bookshelf in your child’s room. Consider putting board games (and other items with small parts) in closed storage so they aren’t accessible for your littlest ones.
Realistically look at your space. You might find you still have too many items to fit on your shelving or in your cabinets. If that’s the case, consider what your children are most likely to play with and place those items easily accessible.
Step #4: Try it Out
Trying out a new system is often the organizational part that’s skipped over.
Once you’ve weeded through your toys and organized your space, plan to spend a week or two trying it out. Sit in your playroom with your children and, again, observe them.
Are they actively engaging with toys or just dumping out the bins you so tediously organized? Are they able to help in the process of picking up and returning the play space back to a neatened area? Are there items that they haven’t played with since I organized?
Step #5: Regroup and Reorganize
After your trial period, it’s time to regroup.
1. Overall, how is the play area working? Are children engaged and playing appropriately?
2. How easy is it to maintain order and pick up the area?
From there, decide if any changes are needed. Sometimes just a few quick tweaks in how much is accessible or where items are stored is enough to make the space easier to maintain. Other times you might find toys that aren’t used regularly that can be given away.
Don’t give up! With a little observation, thinking, and sorting your kids can have a playspace that is as fun as it is functional.