My Top 10 Tips for Organizing a Kid’s Room

My Top 10 Tips for Organizing a Kid’s Room


  1. The first step is to do a big clean up of the space. Donate toys that they don’t play with.
  2. Stop holding on to everything. Scale down on the memory box. Gather anything you have been keeping as a “memory” and pare it down. Place them in a storage bin and remove them from their room. I have one bin that I used for birth – PK 4.
  1. If you have a large basket of toys, take the small items out of the basket and store in smaller, stacked bins so that little pieces don’t get lost.
  1. Give them a space to be creative. Use a chalkboard, an easel, anything where they can use their imagination and create.
  1. Ask for their input and use it so they own it.
  1. Use the opportunity to make some money. Sell what you have to others who might be looking for it. Facebook Tag Sale Sites, Craig’s List, etc. (Just please be careful with your transactions).
  1. Rotate toys in and out. Keep their interest.
  1. Create a “quiet corner” where they can look at books, play with small toys, etc.
  1. Don’t design their space around a specific theme, yet surround them with what they love. For examples, I decorated my son’s room with blues, but there are train accents making it seem like there is a theme. At any time that “theme” can be changed easily with different pillows, wall décor, etc.
  1. Keep it clean. Have them clean it up each night. Make it easier by employing the “pick up one before you take out another” rule so that it’s easier to get it where it needs to be a lot more quickly.

I’d love to hear some of your favorite organizing tips for kids’ rooms as well!

xoxo – Jeannine

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  • Ana

    These are some great tips. I especially love number 10. So important! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Joyfully Mom

      I didn’t follow through on number 10 for a little while. It wasn’t a good idea!

  • Great tips! I love number 9 – design it around what they love.

    • Joyfully Mom

      Rachel – it really is important that they own it, right? Just like adults, it seems if they love it, they’ll take better care of it. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Great tips! My kids rooms are getting a bit out of control! #5 is great. I just need to figure out what to do with all of the papers my 5 -year-old insists on keeping!

    • Joyfully Mom

      Thank you, Sarah! I will admit to taking care of some of this when he isn’t around……easier that way!

  • Love your organization tips! It is difficult to stay organized but it does save time.

    • Joyfully Mom

      Thanks so much, Beth! There are weeks it’s hard to get motivated, but I always regret when I don’t take the time to do it 🙂

  • I love love love those train shelves! My youngest daughter would flip over them! This post was great. I especially love #9!!!

    • Joyfully Mom

      Thank you, Starr! A very dear friend who is no longer with us made those train shelves for us, and my husband painted them before our little one arrive. They are super special to us!

  • Erin-FTLOC

    Those train shelves are amazing! And we have the “pick it up before you take out another rule in place” with our three year old and it works wonders. I love this list! So easy to follow!

    • Thank you, Erin! I hope there is something on the list you might want to try!! Appreciate your comment 🙂

  • Live by Surprise

    I’m finding it’s a lot easier to let go of the things now that I’m at child number three. These are really solid tips. Thanks.

  • Katelin Knust

    I LOVE the long wall shelfs! There’s a five-foot long wall right outside the bedrooms that will someday belong to our children. It’s bare for now, but one of the home projects in my mind is to put long and thin shelfs on it so that our kids can display papers, projects, and artwork for years and so that they can swap out the pieces as often as they like! What a great way to encourage children!

  • Lizann Prosser Lightfoot

    These are great ideas! We use most of them too. Each kid has a toy chest for big toys, and drawers or a behind-the-door net for smaller items. I like the tip of not decorating by theme. Because yes, they get older and their interests change. It’s great to have something versatile they can grow into. And the creative area is smart too!