Living with small children is like living with a continual tornado. AmIright?! I can be diligently cleaning up a mess in one room, while my two year old simultaneously destroys another. For someone who likes things neat and tidy, this can get pretty frustrating. I have found, though, that the more organized my house is, the easier it is to keep clean. This is especially true when it comes to kid rooms. Organization is key in keeping any child’s room neat and tidy.
We just recently moved my daughter into a new, and bigger, bedroom in order to make room for baby #2 this fall. I absolutely love the way it turned out! (You can check out the full reveal here.)
We don’t really have a dedicated play room in our house. So, the new bedroom is serving as a bit of a playroom for her, as well. A larger bedroom, with more toys in it, means even more reason for good organization.
This piece of furniture is one of my favorites in the room. It is actually the piece that sold me on the whole set. I knew I had to have it, and it has been such a fantastic piece for organization.
The cabinets on either side are great for storage. We had a small bookcase in her nursery, that didn’t make it into the new room. She absolutely loves books, though, and loves to read. So, I knew that I needed to have a fair amount of books on hand in her room.
I had to get a little creative here, as there wasn’t much extra space in her room. I decided to empty one of the cabinets (which originally held a number of blankets) and fill it up with books. The cabinet is low, so she can access them with no help. It also keeps them out of sight, which is awesome, because I find that bookcases tend to look cluttered.
I did get a small basket to keep in her nightstand, as well. We sit in this chair and read books every day before nap time and bedtime. So, I keep a few of her current favorites close to our reading spot. Then, I rotate them every week or two. This also prevents the top of the nightstand from becoming cluttered with books.
Here are some of the other things I’ve done to organize her room.
How to Organize Accessories
I purchased drawer organizers for some of her drawers. This prevents her drawers from becoming messy and makes it easy to find, and access, whatever I need.
I made a bow holder to keep the majority of her bows organized. It was a simple project that not only helps with organization, but looks pretty in her room, as well. See how to make your own here.
Easily Accessible Clothes & Shoes
There were already a few hooks on the wall in her closet. I use them to hang out whatever she is going to wear the next day. This is so helpful on mornings when we need to get out the door at a specific time. It eliminates the frustration of not being able to find what you are looking for and helps keep our mornings running smoothly and on time. This would be great for those of you who have older children that will be heading back to school soon and needing to get back into a morning routine.
I also purchased a wall file holder to keep all of her shoes in. This metal one makes it easy to see what she has available; it’s right next to her outfit of the day, so we can easily grab shoes to match; it holds quite a few pair of shoes; and it’s easy to throw her shoes into at the end of the day.
Creatively Containing Toys
I keep a small toy box in the closet, which contains most of the toys. As with the books, it is easy for her to access, but also allows me to keep most of the toys out of sight.
The one toy that she does have out in the open of her room is her Little People Princess Castle, along with her 7,394 princesses. She absolutely loves the little princesses and will spend all day playing with them in the castle. I needed a way to easily contain all of them at the end of the day, though.
When I found this piece at Hobby Lobby one day, I knew it was perfect.
I gave it a couple of quick coats of spray paint and hung it up. She loves the fact that her princesses now have a new “home,” and so do I. I also love the fact that this piece can grow with her. I imagine it will eventually hold craft supplies, and the clothes pins will be perfect for displaying her latest creation
These are a few of the ways I keep the clutter contained, as well as ensure that I maintain my sanity.
If you have little tornados living with you, hopefully this has given you some ideas for damage control. 🙂