So, you walk into your kid’s room and what does it look like?
It looks like a bomb went off. Oh boy. Take a deep breath.
In that short time you left, their room turned into a disaster area.
Now it’s time to organize the mess, but where do you even start?
Luckily, Laura from orgjunkie knows what to do. She’s totally addicted to organizing. She’s so good at organizing when she visits her sister in Ontario, she usually ends up organizing a part of her house.
During this particular visit Laura had a mighty challenge: Help organize the toy room in her sister’s house.
This is the before:
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What a mess! Everything’s just kind of, well, everywhere and nothing has a real home of its own.
To start, Laura has a great secret to combat the clutter.
This is her number one secret:
Don’t give your child free access to all their toys at once. Practice toy rotation.
Here’s what happens when you give your kids free access to all their toys:
- Having all their toys at once makes it easy for them to become overwhelmed by options.
- Kids get bored faster with all their toys because they’re so overwhelmed
- In the midst of all that clutter, toy parts tend to get lost, which eventually makes them less interesting to play with and is wasted money when you throw it out.
- With such a mess, your child might get frustrated or discouraged during clean up.
- They have no place top lay because there are toys everywhere.
- Clutter limits your child’s imagination.
Toy rotation not only reduces clutter, but your child isn’t overwhelmed by options. And after a long hiatus from Mr. Potato Head, your little one couldn’t be happier to see him back in play rotation again.
So, in order to find a home for all these toys, her solution was setting two kitchen pantry cabinets next to each other for premium storage. Using these cabinets also allowed her sister to put child safety locks on the doors. Best part of this find? The cabinets were on sale! Don’t you just love it when something you need just happens to be on sale when you go to buy it?
And the after:
So, now that the space is organized, let’s look in the “pantry.” Laura grouped everything together and placed them in separate bins.The only thing she forgot was her label maker to label everything! Look at how organized everything is! Looking at this gives me a sense of relief!
Side Note: These cabinets were attached to the walls to ensure they stay in place. It’s much safer for you and the little ones if you attach your cabinets to the walls do this. You know how the little ones love to climb on things.
When putting your children’s toys smaller plastic bins, you want to sort them into sets. This way you can pull out one bin at a time rather than one big bin with all the toys in it. Clear plastic shoe boxes make for great toy organizational bins. That’s what Laura used. Sorting all the toys into separate bins also makes it much easier to keep track of the toy’s parts so nothing gets lost and money isn’t wasted.
The cabinets themselves look like a future DIY project. I think they could use a certain something, possibly a different finish, or a fresh coat of white paint, or something contemporary to really make those pieces pop. What do you think of Laura‘s efforts in combating toy clutter? Are you going to go start organizing right now?
For more photos of this room and inspiring organization tips check out orgjunkie! You won’t regret it! This website makes me want to be an organization addict!