Yesterday was a chilly day in South Florida, so we stayed home and did some winter cleaning. First on our list, organize my son's bedroom. At first he moaned, however once we started getting all of his toys, books, clothing and collectibles organized he smiled and said, "Wow, Mom! Organizing my bedroom really was a good idea, everything looks so nice!" That is one of the nicest things a mom can hear. Getting your child's bedroom organized is perfect for making your child's toys easy to find, play with and put away, which in the long run means less broken toys or torn books hitting the landfill. Read on to learn how to get your child's bedroom completely organized in an afternoon.
We started with organizing all of my son’s clothing because this is where we were having the biggest issue. First, he tried on each piece of clothing so we could decide if it still fit him. Then, we sorted the clothing into three piles; keep, donate and sell.He has two large bins that slide under his bed to hold play clothes, undergarments, swimsuits, hats, belts and pajamas. However, these bins were such a mess that sometimes he would have a hard time finding a pair of socks in the morning. We placed smaller reusable bins inside the larger bins and then sorted the clothing into each bin. One for socks, one for undergarments, one for winter weather pajamas, one for summer pajamas, etc. Then, in his closet we simply put all of his school uniforms on one end of the bar and all of his nice and formal clothing on the other.
Once again we started by sorting the toys into those same three piles; keep, donate, and sell. This is another area where bins were essential. We wanted to keep all of his toys organized by type, but make it so they were accessible and easy to move from room to room. We used large reusable bins for LEGO bricks, action figures and play animals. Then, we used smaller reusable bins for toys such as light sabers, Nerf blasters, and tiny little toys that only children could love. All of these bins fit perfectly into the bottom shelve of his bookcase, making it easy for him to pull them in and out while playing. We used extra large, lightweight bins in the top and bottom of his closet to hold stuffed animals and stackable bins with lids to hold LEGO bricks in his closet.
My son’s favorite possession are his books. Even if he is well beyond reading Golden Books getting him to remove them from his room has been a challenge. We had to come up with a solution, because all of the books simply would not fit on the bookshelves. Yesterday, I had him go through his books and choose books that he no longer reads but still wants to keep and we placed them inside a large reusable bin that we keep in our storage closet. He has said that when he has his own children he wants them to read all of the books that he has loved in his life, now they will be able to do that.
When it comes to items that your child collects it is a great idea to display them together by group. My son has a few toy cars that belonged to my grandfather – those along with his own favorite cars sit on top of his bookshelf. If your child simply has too many collectibles to display a great idea is to place them in reusable boxes with lids and then stack them in the top of your child’s closet. You want your child to have keepsakes that they will enjoy with their own children one day and storing them away in keepsake boxes is the perfect way to ensure they will survive until them.
#5: Room to Play
When it comes to designing a bedroom that my son will truly enjoy, my focus has always been comfortable, calm and roomy. A bedroom should have a large enough space to play on the floor and if all of those toys, books and clothing have their own special place, there should be enough space. One issue that we did find when we moved into our current home is that his bedroom was not large enough for his desk, bookcase, bed and chair – so we improvised and created an office in a nook in the hallway outside of his bedroom. This way he has a space to be creative in, leaving room in his bedroom to play and live.
#6: Keep it Calm
The most important idea that I want to emphasize is that your child’s bedroom should be a place that they enjoy spending time in. You want it to be free from clutter and an inviting space for them to read, dream, sleep and play. It can be just as hard for a child to relax in a space that is disorganized and messy as it is for us adults.
#7: Ask for Input
When organizing my son’s room, I would ask him as we went along where he would like certain things kept. For instance, since he is an avid reader, we decided that placing two shelves (that would usually hold photo frames) above his bed. These are perfect for displaying his favorite books, while giving him easy access to them when he is in bed. We decided to place the LEGO bins on the bottom of his bookcase rather than other toys, because they are the ones that he plays with the most. The key is to find the best options for your child, you want them to feel a sense of pride and ownership when taking care of their bedroom.
What other ways have you organized your child’s bedroom for the new year?