Do you find yourself feeling extremely stressed when you walk into your child’s playroom? Are you constantly picking up small toys and cleaning up messes so much that it almost feels like a full time job? You are definitely not alone: keeping a tidy playroom is a daily struggle for most if not all parents.
Here’s a few different ideas to help you transform your chaotic and disorderly playroom into an organized and tidy space:
Recycled Cans for Craft Supplies
Cleaning up after a large arts and craft project can be super stressful for parents. Having a place for all arts and crafts supplies is the first step towards reducing this stress. An inexpensive way to store all your art supplies is to recycle and repurpose old cans. Give each can a specific label . A great craft to do with your child when you first use these cans to decorate them and label them in creative ways.
Baby Wipe Containers
Are you always throwing away those empty plastic packages of baby wipes? Before you toss out that next container, listen to some of these ideas. Baby wipe containers can be utilized as the perfect storage unit in your child’s playroom. They are great for separating different toys and the lids are perfect for keeping things from falling out. Decorating and labeling the containers not only brightens the playroom, but also helps your child understand that each toy has a place.
Hanging Basket for Books
Having a place for your children’s books is essential to maintaining an organized playroom. By placing hanging baskets on the walls, your child is able to easily place the books back after using them. It is important to have these baskets located lower on the wall so that your child is able to reach them and put them back neatly. Also, by only having two or three baskets you are able to declutter and throw away some of those books that your child has not read in years. It is also a good idea to keep rotating the books in and out of the baskets so that there is not an overflow of books that are unable to fit. Chicken wire baskets are great for this! They can be purchased for under $10 at Walmart and are durable enough to last a while.
Magnetic Strips to Store Matchbox Cars
Do you find yourself constantly stepping on those sharp, tiny matchbox cars cluttering your playroom? An innovative way to organize these bothersome trinkets is a magnetic strip. Instead of just throwing these small cars in bins that take up a lot of room, place a magnetic strip on your wall. This method gives every car a place to be stored while also brightening up the room. Clean up with magnetic strips is cheap, painless, and easy.
Wired Laundry Basket for Stuffed Animals
Children love to collect countless stuffed animals from stores, carnivals, and arcades. Although these soft toys can really clutter a room, you do not necessarily need to throw them all away or spend a lot of money on storage. Instead, you can buy an inexpensive wired laundry basket, which is large enough to fit a good amount of stuffed animals. Tell your child that they are able to keep all the stuffed animals that fit in the bin, but must get rid of the rest. This teaches them an important lesson in hanging onto clutter all while keeping the room tidy for your sake.
Hanging Board Game Storage
Board games are a great way to keep your child busy for an extended period of time and teach them valuable skills, but somehow they always seem to lose parts and are often carelessly thrown into a closet after playing. A great tool to help with the organization of board games is a hanging closet organizer, usually used for clothing. These organizers can be found at stores like Target for $10-$15. They allow for each board game to have its own place, making clean-up a lot easier.