If you’ve got kids, they’ve got toys and getting organized can be a chore! So yesterday I sat down with Kerri-Lee Mayland, an Emmy Award winning anchor at NBC Connecticut to share my best tips for organizing your child’s room!
Use a simple sorting system. Use plastic shoebox containers for smaller toys like Barbie clothes and Happy Meal toys. Larger lidded bins can be used for blocks, trucks and cars, and lightweight bins or boxes can be used for stuffed animals. Try looking for fun colors for the boxes to add pops of color to your child’s room.
Bring The Child Into The Process. Instead of scolding your children and tossing all of their prized toys, make them involved by asking them which items they want to keep and which they want to get rid of. The more involved they are in the process, the more likely they will be to understand the organizational logic and maintain an organized room.
Label, Label, Label. For younger children that are too young to read, use the packaging from their toys or print pictures of clothes, dolls, or blocks to help remind the child where these items belong. Look at the organization process as a learning activity to foster development.
Build A Creative Space. Set up a corner of the room with a small desk with craft supplies like colored pencils, watercolor paint, and crayons. Encourage your children to display their crafts and artwork on a bulletin board in their “creative space” of the room. Use colorful cups and shelves to organize the craft supplies to keep the area organized.