How to Organise your Children's Playroom
You know how it is, you spend ages tidying your kid’s playroom and then before you know it the room is a mess again. Then there is the problem of where to put all their toys, books and games, especially when they get more after Christmas or birthdays. We know your pain all too well, which is why we have come up with some handy tricks to organise your little ones’ playroom.
This town ain’t big enough for the both of us
Wise words spoken by Woody. This first step is important, but you may want to do this when your little ones aren’t around. This involves throwing out anything broken or faulty. The likelihood is they have lots of other toys so it’s time to be brave and just get it done.
Do they have teddies with stuffing coming out? Or an Action Man who looks like he has literally been through the wars? Now is the time to throw these out, especially if they haven’t played with them for a while.
Word of warning: If you do this whilst your little monkeys are in the room, you may not be able to throw these things out. Try and avoid doing this in their presence to avoid any tantrums and tears – though we also appreciate some particularly precious toys you may want to hang onto regardless of their state until your child is ready!
All you need is faith (storage), trust and a little pixie dust
What type of storage do you currently have for their toys and belongings? Is it just one or two big toy chests stuffed with everything? Now is the perfect time for some smart storage solutions.
We love some of the solutions from Ikea like the Trofast storage unit, it comes in a variety of colours plus the number of drawers means you can organise their belongings. They could have a drawer for dolls (or toy soldiers), one for cars (or toy animals) and one for Lego, for example.
This is a great way to organise their belongings and makes it easier for them to get the toy out they want to play with. Shop around on various places including your local Facebay and Gumtree for some pre-loved storage units if you have a smaller budget. You could even get several cardboard boxes and get the kids to decorate them with paint, glitter etc to make them look nice.
If they are into their reading perhaps get them a small bookcase to keep all their treasured worlds safe from the goblins and monsters.
In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun
Once you have the right storage solutions, now is the time to don your Mary Poppins hat and organise all their toys and belongings. Arrange it so that the lower shelves are the toys they play with the most. This means they won’t need to stretch up to reach them or annoy you every time they want to go play.
This is a great step to get your kids involved in (once you have disposed of the bodies of former dolls etc.) as they can help decide what to put in each box. Make it fun for them by turning it into a game. You could see who can pack their boxes up quickest or who can be most creative with their different boxes or storage areas.
If you organise these with your little ones they will know where each toy is from the start and more importantly where to put them back.
Stick(er) ‘em up
Don’t worry we aren’t talking cowboys and Indians, and we certainly don’t mean the kids. It’s time to get those labels out and name each container and drawer so you (and your little ones) know what’s in each one.
Have a look at some of the great personalised home stickers we offer. We have a special pack just for the playroom, as well as some Bright & Brilliant Large personalised labels if you want to make the room extra special.
This is also a great time to help your little ones with their reading. Get them to sound out each of the words on the labels so that they know what they say. This will help them understand what goes in each one. This may take some time but just keep reminding them to put their toys back in the right boxes after they play with them.
It will be a mission, but trust us, it will be worth it in the end. Before you know it, you won’t be spending hours tidying up in there. Just think of what else you could do with that time back.
We understand the stresses as well as the joys of being a parent which is why we like to make your lives easier. Our personalised labels aren’t just for the playroom, you can also name their clothing, bags, shoes and more to help prevent them getting misplaced.
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