- The first step is to do a big clean up of the space. Donate toys that they don’t play with.
- 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.
- 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.
- Give them a space to be creative. Use a chalkboard, an easel, anything where they can use their imagination and create.
- Ask for their input and use it so they own it.
- 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).
- Rotate toys in and out. Keep their interest.
- Create a “quiet corner” where they can look at books, play with small toys, etc.
- 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.
- 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