The children’s room is the most difficult place in terms of keeping order. Creative and active children can turn a perfectly tidy room into a realm of chaos in a few minutes. To make the clutter disappear as quickly as it appeared, it is important to think about places and ways of storage.
We’ve hand-picked a few ideas for you to stop struggling with scattered items and start managing order.
The 3 Principles of Keeping Things In Order
It doesn’t matter what kind of storage system you use, as long as the 3 main principles of tidying up are followed:
- Every thing has its own place. It will be easier for a child to clean up toys if each of them has its own “home”. You can stylistically obygray design storage space, making the dolls and accessories to them rack in the form of a house, a constructor to get drawers in the form of cubes, and order for cars parking.
- Divide and conquer. All items should be categorized and stored in separate containers, depending on size and purpose. Bears with bears, paints with paints.
- It’s clean where it’s empty. The fewer things, shelves and cabinets you have, the easier it is to keep things tidy and clean. Periodically sort toys and books, get rid of those of which the child has already grown out. Put the toys that the child doesn’t play with “on vacation” so that they can be used again later.
There are 3 main generators of clutter in a child’s room: the play area, a table with office supplies and items for creativity, and a closet with clothes.
Certain storage containers are appropriate for each type of toy. For example, the smallest items (figurines of Kinder-surprise, construction details, scatter mosaic) is better to use containers with a lid that exclude accidental spillage and protect toys from dust. Containers are convenient to place on mesh racks, shelves or in drawers under the bed.
For larger toys, cloth, plastic or wicker baskets are appropriate. Do not buy baskets that are too tall, as it will be uncomfortable for a child to use them and the toys at the bottom of the basket will remain unclaimed.
A handy solution is sturdy wooden crates with a lid. They combine the functions of a storage system, seat and play table. Compared to the popular plastic containers of large size, versatile wooden drawers are more convenient in children’s rooms of compact size.
“Clean one, two, three” is great for young children who play with a few of their favorite toys each time. The play mat bag easily unfolds on the floor, providing your child with a warm and soft space to play. It also rolls up quickly with all the toys on it. The mat serves as a good alternative to a traditional cloth basket.
Space organizers offer a few great tips for storing office supplies and art supplies in an orderly fashion.
A cutlery tray can be used to keep pencils, pens, felt-tip pens, erasers and other stationery separate in desk drawers. Drawer dividers commonly used in kitchen or linen drawers work similarly.
Pegboard perforated panels help organize convenient wall storage for all stationery and art accessories. You can install hooks, shelves, containers, holders of different kinds on them and place items at a convenient height for a child, changing the location, if necessary.
A system of holders for hanging shelves, modules and baskets works similarly to the pegboard.
To store and organize school notebooks, atlases, albums, various types of paper for creativity, vertical document trays are ideal. They can be placed in rows in closed cabinets or shelving cells. If you sign each tray, finding the right thing will be much faster.
Many people are familiar with the situation when opening a closet with clothes on them falls out a bunch of crumpled baby t-shirts, pants and turtlenecks, and on top of scattered socks. And the reason is not always laziness. It is possible that the traditional storage system for a child seems inconvenient.
One of the most rational ways to store folded things – vertical storage in boxes on shelves or in drawers, using hard or soft organizers.
You can also use all kinds of hanging systems, pockets and shelves for small items of clothing for the closet.
It is convenient to store clean changeable shoes in metal or plastic baskets, which are installed in the closet on special holders or simply put on the shelf.