Decluttering The Playroom Made Such A Huge Difference
The second pic is how the toy room ended up looking every day. Chaos.
And my girls wouldn't really play with anything because the mess was so crazy.
We went through every bin and donated lots of toys and threw away trash.
Now it's been like after after picture for a week.
It's easier for them to clean up because there's less mess and stuff to overwhelm them.
My 5yr old says I love it so sparkly clean!
This looks great Libby! Decluttering is almost always the first step to getting control back over a room, and playroom is one that needs to be decluttered frequently.
I've got a whole article on how to declutter your kids' playroom here, if anyone else needs more help with first decluttering, before trying to organize the space, since it really does make a huge difference.
I also like how you've got lots of kids friendly containers in the room to help hold items.
Yours isn't quite the same, but the organizer and shelving system you've got looks similar to the ClosetMaid cube organizer I've got pictured here. Products such as this are great for kids to store their toys, separated into rough categories, but in kid-friendly containers.
There are so many cute colors for these little fabric boxes as well to match almost any decor.
Easy DIY Playroom Idea: Lots Of Plastic Baskets On Shelves
This is my playroom. The drawers on the left hold all the arts and crafts stuff.
The shelves have DVDs and books and the baskets have all the toys sorted in different categories so we have soft toys, car track, puzzles and games, figures, cars, Toy Story, potato heads, food, musical, phones and cameras, odd bits, paper, Lego, and dressing up.
The big blue tub at the end has bigger lego in it like the ships and islands.
Oh and play-doh and other games are on the shelves too.
It was a labour of love but it definitely is organized better now. The kids can find what they want right away and without emptying toys everywhere.
Fallon, this looks great!
You're right, when there are lots of different types of items it is key to keep them separated in various containers.
Here are some that are available. Make sure you get the size you're looking for, to hold the right amount of each category of toy. Smaller can be better for kids, so they can't dump out too much at once, at least if the bin also is large enough to hold all the toys of that category.
I've found the key to keeping them separate though is to allow only one type of toy out at a time, and then make them put everything back in that container before they get out the next one.
Otherwise when cleaning up everything gets just thrown back in whatever basket and soon everything is a jumbled mess.
Of course, what I've just said is a lot easier said than done! So really keeping up the organization consistently is definitely key (although a bit of a pain!)
Make Sure Your Playroom Furniture Doubles As Storage When Possible
A reader, Eleri, shared a picture of her kids' toy room.
First, I love the bright colors. A playroom is a great place to have a little fun with color, and she definitely has with the bright red, pink and blues.
Further, notice the shelf. It really doesn't take up too much room but it provides the organization for the room that it needs.
When you have a shelf like this in a room where kids are playing make sure to bolt it to the wall though, because otherwise a climbing child (do you have one of those too, like I do?) can accidentally pull a large piece of furniture down on themselves and get seriously injured.
Finally, notice right on the far right front of the picture the hanging mesh organizer. These are great for a playroom or child's room and are quite popular. They are great for holding stuffed animals or other large but relatively light and soft items.
Here's a similar idea using rattan or wicker baskets for organizing and storing toys in this area.
When you have this type of basket they tend to snag cloth and similar fabric items, and also can be scratchy for little hands, so I suggest using basket liners so they not only look cute, but are more functional.
Picture Labels On Bins Help Kids Put Away Toys More Easily
A trick for the playroom are "picture" labels on bins.
It makes it easier to see what goes where.
I used this idea in the Toddler room at the preschool after thoroughly cleaning the room.
I took pictures of everything, printed pictures, and used them to label the shelves.
If you can't laminate, cover with clear packing tape.
Great idea Charlene! I agree labels can be very helpful, especially to allow kids to know where to put toys back.
And pictures are especially helpful for small children who can't read yet.
I also like the idea of using chalkboard labels on various bins and shelves. The advantage of chalkboard labels, or other erasable labels, is that as the stuff in the room changes the labels can change with them.
Here's a link to the cool chalkboard bin shown above, as well as additional storage containers that contain label holders:
A reader, Mary, shared this picture of how she stores the small toys in her kids' playroom.
Unfortunately, she didn't share much information about where she found them.
She said, "Love these as there's no mess on show. Keep meaning to label them but kids now know where everything goes."
Here are a couple of similar containers available on Amazon which could work, although if anyone recognizes what brand this is please share in the comments so I can provide more information for people.
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I hope you found these playroom storage and organizer ideas helpful.
In addition, if these ideas have inspired you to organize even more toys around your home make sure to read the Organize Toys & Games Challenge, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge I run on the site!
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