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9 things to help keep your child's room organized
If there's one room in the house that is most likely to be a mess by the end of the day, it's probably your children's room. With one report suggesting that the average American child owns 70 to 100 toys, it's no wonder that their rooms end up cluttered and chaotic.
Studies show that a cluttered home can be the cause of a cluttered mind - both for you and your kids. Taking steps to keep their rooms tidy and well organized may help instill calm in the household, not to mention teaching your kids valuable life lessons about good housekeeping. But what are the top hacks when it comes to organizing a child's room... and keeping it organized?
Involve the kids
When you want to clean and tidy their room, it can be tempting to shove the kids out of the way and blast through it alone. However, involving the kids from an early age and taking the time to explain to them why it's good to be organized can really build good habits for the future. Try to tidy with them, not around them.
Clear out often
Nobody accumulates general "stuff" like kids do. As they grow and develop, so do their tastes and toys. It is really important to have regular clear-outs or you'll have years worth of unused toys, clothes, books and crafts under your feet. Kids can become overwhelmed by a large volume of belongings in their personal space, and encouraging them to give to charity so that someone else can get enjoyment from their old toys is a positive way to declutter.
Cubbies or trays are a storage system that schools tend to use to keep kids organized. Implementing the same sort of strategy at home reinforces that routine and is a great way for kids to use a familiar storage system in their room.
Clothing and shoes, like toys or books, are things that kids can grow out of quickly. The room taken up by outgrown clothing could be better used for other storage. Stay on top of their closets by either donating clothes that they've outgrown or storing clothes that aren't appropriate for the upcoming season. Bulky winter clothing and shoes, for example, could be stored in sealed bags until needed, thereby freeing up tons of space for other items.
Lead by example
Kids tend to mirror the habits and behavior of their parents, so if you are creating clutter and mess in the house, it's like a green light to your kids to do the same in their rooms. Lead by example and keep communal areas of the house tidy. Put your shoes and keys away as soon as you get inside and have regular clear-outs to declutter old or unused items.
Creative storage solutions
These days, there are a number of innovative, fun storage solutions that can actually add to the interior design as well. Boxed units with removable drawers or baskets are a favorite among parents and can also be labeled with various items. You can purchase personalized sacks with motifs or names printed on them in place of a bulky toy box.
Use wall space
Don't forget about wall space when it comes to storage. Well-designed bookshelves can complement the ambience of the room. You can also alternate and display topical books. For example, at Halloween, bring out the spooky stories; at Christmas and Easter, bring out the themed stories; and during the winter, bring out winter tales. It's a great way to keep your child interested in reading while creating an ever-changing wall display.
Create memory boxes
It is only natural that your children will accumulate things over the years that they don't want to get rid of but don't use regularly. Encouraging them to create a selection of memory boxes is the ideal way to cut back on clutter without having to get rid of sentimental items.
Whatever type of bed your child has, there is a good chance it will provide some option for storage. Many kids' beds come with built-in drawers. Cabin or mid-sleeper beds offer ample space underneath for drawers and other storage units. If their bed has nothing underneath it, use hideaway boxes and trays. Kids spend most of their time playing on the floor, so this should be a storage solution that they can stay on top of!