Sick of feeling like you live inside a kids' world? These five simple playroom organization hacks will change your life!
I've partnered with Brother to share 5 Simple Playroom Organization Hacks That Will Change Your Life.
I remember right before Lydia was born, talking about how nothing in our lives would change…..even our living room. When it came to playroom organization, our plan was to not need it. We were minimalists, we'd have some lovely wooden toys, and they definitely wouldn't clutter up our living room / play room. I know, you're laughing right? Yup, me too. Fast forward four years, and our playroom is filled with toys, books, board games, a small art area……oh ya, and it's also our family room…..so there are things for us too.
5 Simple Playroom Organization Hacks That Will Change Your Life
One of my big resolutions this year was to get our playroom organization plan implemented. The toys, books, art supplies, and the stickers (oh my gosh the stickers) were getting out of control. After a bit of research, I found five simple organization tips for us that changed EVERYTHING. The best part? These are all changes that can be kept up by our preschooler. Once the organization was set up, she knew where to put things…..and she can easily help to clean up her own toys and supplies.
Bins Hide Clutter: We added simple bins to the bottom of our bookshelves. Instead of having piles of toys popping out of every shelf, we have bins for each type of item. They're low to the ground, and easy for Lydia to access. So that means she can get toys out and also put them AWAY.
Use Different Sized Boxes: We invested in a TON of small decorative boxes to store small items (like crayons, pencils and scissors plus those pesky stickers). Since they each are a different size, it's easy to see what item fits where. Even though our preschooler isn't able to read, she can differentiate what goes in each box because of color, pattern, or size (and this awesome label system we implemented).
Toy Buckets: One of the hardest items to keep organized? The fifty million small plastic toys that Lydia loves to collect. Remember those princess dolls she collects? And all the accessories they come with? I feel like they were constantly under foot. We were finding shoes, tiaras, and little princesses everywhere. Toy buckets changed EVERYTHING. ALL princess items? Go in those buckets.
Designated Areas: We've sectioned our playroom into smaller areas, and this has helped with playroom organization in amazing ways. The rule is simple, clean one area before you go to another. When you're done with the art area, clean up before going to the home library. As silly as this sounds, it's made a world of difference. An alternate to this? Set a timer. Play for 45 minutes, clean up for 5. That way, you won't suddenly realize that every toy in the house is on the floor.
Labels: LABEL everything.As Lydia is learning to help clean up her own play area……we've been using labels to keep everything in order.One simple tip for playroom organization with younger kids – use colored labels.Red items go with the red labels, blue items with the blue labels. It's easy to implement and fun for kids to help with!
We just started using the P-touch Cube, and I'm not going to lie…..I'm becoming a total label addict.This wireless label maker is features Bluetooth technology, and uses the super simple P-touch Design&Print app to create labels from your phone. Lydia and I used it to design personalized labels for her home library with tons of fonts and symbols and to finally finally getour house in order like her playroom.She loved picking the label colors herself (she loved the lime green tape) and the best part – these labels are tough and can withstand the ware and tare from a preschooler!