To come up with cute and practical storage solutions for your kids’ room can be quite challenging, especially when you can’t do major renovations. There has to be ample space to store everything neatly, in thoughtfully chosen places, and at the same time, the room should look bright and cheerful. Before making the storage spaces for your child, look at the available storage, space, furniture, and possessions from the child’s viewpoint and then make it suiting their needs.
Here are some of the quick tips to reduce clutter and bring order to your kids’ room:
#Tip 1: Think Child-Friendly Storage Solutions – Grown Ups storage and organizing solutions do not work well with children’s needs. Stubborn or sticky drawers and folding closet doors might be difficult for them to manage. Closet hanging rods can’t be reached and adult hangers don’t fit and will make clothes hang lopsided. To organize, the solutions must be child-friendly. For younger children, remove the closet doors completely, lower the hanging rods, and buy child-sized hangers. If you are short on closet space, use wall-mounted rods to hang kids’ clothes. They are short and cute and look great for this kind of storage. Use floor-level open containers to store toys and plastic baskets to store socks and underwear. Small portable containers are a good option for kids as it makes it easier for them to gather toys during clean up. Also, they are great for transporting their favorite playthings from one room to another. One can also color code the containers. For example- red for toys and green for games which make it easier for them during clean up. Opt for flexible storage that can accommodate the changes as your child grows up. A very important consideration is to provide height appropriate solution which is easily accessible. After playing or working on a project, the child should be able to put his things away. The ability to reach the storage area without too much of an effort will go a long way in keeping the room tidy.
#Tip 2: Make your Child a Part of the Organizing Process – Resist the urge to do the entire thing yourself and encourage the child to learn the importance of organization by making them a part of the process. View your role as an organizational consultant for your child and the organization process as a learning activity. As a guide, evaluate what is working and what is not, what is causing problems and what is important to the child. One stands a better chance of devising and implementing an organizational system when partnered with the child. If they are involved in the effort, they are better able to understand the logic and importance of maintaining an organized room.
#Tip 3: Sort, Store, and Simplify – More often than not, kid’s room are also used as storage space for grown-ups. Kids cannot stay organized if their closets and drawers are stuffed and clammed up. The solution-Sort, store and simplify. Begin by sorting and storing the outgrown or out-of-season clothing somewhere else. Simplify by figuring out if your child really wears all the clothes crammed in the drawer. Remove the extras so that the remainder stays neat and tidy. For younger children, toys are an all-important part of their life. Research and narrow in on what toys your children play frequently with and what has become obsolete for them. Make a ‘toy library’ in your house by putting the toys they don’t play or infrequently play within a large lidded plastic box or container. Put them away in an out-of-the-way place for a couple of months. One of the days bring out the toy library and swap them with the toys which have lost their novelty. The stored toys will have regained freshness and interest and the volume will still remain manageable.
#Tip 4: Contain and Control – Storing child’s possessions in open shelves and toy boxes are not a good option particularly ones that involve many small parts. For smaller toys like Happy Meals toys and Barbie’s clothes, use plastic shoe box containers and for trucks, cars, and blocks one can use large lidded containers. For comic books, magazines, CDs etc one can use specially designed organizers. A big advantage of this tip is that you can always control the number of containers opened at a single point in time. For example, you can tell them to play with the “swishy” Hot Wheels cars as soon as soon as the Lego blocks go back to their “home”. Keeping smaller items like art and craft supplies in clear containers will teach your child to store like items together while creating a tidy space where things are easily identifiable.
#Tip 5: Easier to put away and harder to take out – The main rule for an efficient storage for kids is ‘easier to put back and harder to take out’. Build it in such a way that it takes them an effort to take it out rather than putting it back. For example instead of using a traditional bookcase for storing books, store picture books like a flip file upright in a plastic dishpan. The child can flip through the book, make a selection and easily put it back in front of the dishpan.
#Tip 6: Buy Functional Furniture – Buy storage that does a double duty like box beds and loft. Headboards that come with shelves or have hidden storage areas maximize storage and minimize space. Changing tables can be used for storing child’s toys and belongings once they have outgrown. A window seat can serve a dual purpose of seating as well as storage. Bookshelves, if constructed in varying heights and widths can serve areas where one can stack both books and toys. Opt for seating such as ottomans or benches with hidden storage. Create a craft table with two bookcases instead of legs. Safety features are very important part of storage solutions for children. Ensure that the children’s furniture that you purchase have safety features that make them safe to operate and easy to use. Sometimes, you might find great deals at flea sale. Inspect them for safety and check that they function properly.
# Tip 7: Organize Bottom to Top – As mentioned earlier height appropriate solution is an important aspect of storage solutions for kids. Wall-mounted shelving system best utilizes the vertical space and helps in easy access. You should start organizing from the bottom of the room and work towards the top. Less frequently used possessions should go on the higher shelves. The lowers shelves or drawers should have frequently used toys or belongings. Adding shelves 1-1.5 feet below the ceiling all around the room or just on one wall will add a lot of display space and storage area. It can be a beautiful space to display sports trophies, pictures or kids’ artwork, or collections of almost anything.
# Tip 8: Always Label – Labeling is essential and goes a long way in keeping your kid’s room organized. For young children, simple graphic labels can be made on a computer. Pictures of socks, dolls, blocks or shirts can help the child in knowing where to keep these items. Using large font size word labels will also help older children with reading skills. Put labels on boxes, bookcases, shelf edges, inside and outside of drawers and filing cubes. Making toy pick up a game by playing ‘match the label’ can be fun for the kids.
# Tip 9: Be playful with colors – If you have two children, a girl, and a boy and they are sharing the same room, the color palette of the walls should remain neutral to avoid tantrums and fights. Add dashes of colors through funky storage units. It could be colorful cubbyholes to storage boxes, a multi-colored tree shaped or ship or truck shaped shelving unit or a colorful cloth basket. When they grow older, funky aluminum buckets, colorful trays, and cheerful steel bins can be used for organizing. They all offer a sense of magic and fun to your kids’ room.
# Tip 10: Maintenance Routine – Help the children in keeping their room tidy by building a maintenance routine in their regular day. For example ‘morning schedule’ can have putting back the pillows on the bed and getting yesterday’s clothes to the laundry basket. ‘Evening schedule’ can involve putting back their toys and belongings to their respective ‘homes’. Building routines into the family schedules will keep clutter from becoming overwhelming.
Finding a good quality workable storage solution is always a challenge but surely it’s never too early to instill good organizational habits in your kids. Children’s storage solutions should be functional and bright and easy for them to use. Also, the brighter the colors of the storage solutions, the less the eye goes on the clutter in their room. Classic styles interior design in durable materials can adapt to an ever-growing family. Some solutions can be expensive might be because of its quality but with thoughtful planning, one can make a good investment that will last for quite many years.
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