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If you have enough space, divide up the playroom according to the kids' activities — this will make organization even more streamlined. Create a reading corner with books and bean bag chairs, a table or floor space for cars and trucks and put dollhouses and play stoves in another corner.
If your children are old enough, get them to help out! It's a great way to teach them about cleaning and organization. And this way they'll know where everything goes from the very beginning.
2. A place for everything. If you're using vertical storage, like shelves, organize by putting the toys and items that are used the least at the top of the shelf, and the toys that are used the most at the bottom. If you have children of different ages, make sure the younger ones have their toys at the bottom where they're easy to access. Make sure that whatever shelving system you use is secure and safe for children to use — it may need to be attached to the wall.
Incorporate bins, baskets and other storage units into your shelves to keep smaller items neat. Kids acquire an incredible number of small toys, and they can get out of control pretty quickly. Make sure you measure your shelves before purchasing any bins so that you know they'll fit properly. Hooks are another great space-saving storage solution. Put up a row for your child's backpack, dress-up clothes, etc.
4. Pay attention to comfort and style. While you want your child's play space to be clean, you don't want it to be sterile. Add color and texture, and make it a comfortable space to hang out in. Choose flooring that's comfortable but easy to clean. Stain-resistant carpeting is always a great choice, but padded play mats or rugs can work just as well on hardwood floors. Having a play mat also gives your child an assigned surface to play on. Mats can be stored under beds or rolled up, which is helpful if your child's play space is shared with another room.
Get as much off the floor as possible. Kids want room to play! An open space will mean a safer place to play and fewer things to get dirty or ruined.
Magnetic whiteboards and chalkboards give kids an easy-to-clean art space that's fun and eco-friendly. There's no paper waste here! Making it magnetic turns it into an instant bulletin board for displaying other art.
Place a few storage bins in other rooms of the house where your child plays to make cleaning faster and less of a hassle. Having smaller bins will encourage kids to put their toys in when they're done, and take them to their playroom or bedroom later.
Tell us: How have you organized your child's toys? What are your tips for keeping it neat and tidy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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