Guest Picks: Creative Ideas for Organizing Kids' Rooms
From toys to books and even barrettes, 20 ways to help children stay organized
Children's toys, books and gear can pile up fast and soon take over a space. There is no better time than now to organize your child's room and play areas, and add some style in the process. To inspire you to take the first step, here are some great products and ideas for helping you house all those toys, books and art supplies that kids love. — Cristin from Simplified Bee
Bins or pails like these are a great way to organize little collections, such as Legos. Numbering or labeling them also helps keep track of what goes where.
Oversize bins are terrific for storing larger toys, trucks and stuffed animals.
Finding furniture that does double duty will save money and space. I'm loving this changing table and toy box combo!
These stackable circus-themed storage boxes are too cute to pass up. Whether housing toys, books or craft supplies, they would be darling in a nursery or playroom.
Benches like this can also do double duty. Perfect for a reading nook, window seat or storage at the foot of the bed, the bench offers cubbies for toys, clothing or books.
A book collection is a wonderful way to encourage young ones to read, but getting them organized can take some time and thought. For a small collection, this darling giraffe bookcase is a great choice.
These darling animal silhouettes help keep books in order while adding a touch of whimsy.
My favorite is to arrange kids' books is by color. This makes quite a design statement.
Hung on a wall or back of a door, this organizer with pockets is a great way to save space and corral books.
Drawing, painting and coloring — kids love art projects, and parents don't like the mess. Keep art projects organized by designating an area or desk. The turquoise peg board adds a pop of color and allows for supplies to be hung neatly. (Click on photo to see product tags.)
I also love this compact, all-in-one art center desk that accommodates two budding artists.
If space won't allow for an art desk, a lazy susan that can be moved around easily is a great alternative for housing art supplies.
Bulletin boards are great for organizing and displaying invites, awards and reminders, and they are perfect for kids' spaces.
Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves maximize storage in small spaces and is a great starting point for arranging toys, books, and odds and ends. Custom built-in bookcases like this one can add great architectural details to the room too.
A cubby system like this can be less expensive than going custom and can be arranged based on your storage needs.
If you are willing to take the time to assemble it, Ikea has clean-lined bookcases that are great for storing kids' toys and gear. The price can't be beat!
Multi-functional items not only are cost effective, but also help control clutter. This rolling storage bench can serve as a desk and a chalk table.
For those with little girls, you know how hair bows, clips and barrettes can get out of control. A hanging barrette holder like this one is a great option and can add a decorative touch to the room.
Decorative hooks are great for getting coats, sweaters and dress-up costumes off the floor. I particularly love the collection of wild animal hooks currently available at Anthropologie.
Labeling storage bins, jars and other compartments helps children learn how to sort items and keep organized. A label maker is practical, but I love the look of these reusable chalkboard labels.
Next: Stylish Toy Storage Options
Next: Stylish Toy Storage Options
Ideabook published on Jan. 26, 2012.
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