Are you tired of all the clutter and mess that surrounds your child’s room?
Whether your child is an infant, toddler, or school-aged, you probably have already discovered the on-going challenge of finding enough space for his or her toys. Not only do you have to find places for the toys he plays with daily, but you also have to find a place to store toys he has outgrown or only occasionally uses.
Unless your child has an extraordinarily large room and lots of closet space, you will eventually face the problem of where to put all of those toys. Luckily, you have many options to choose from, but you need to develop an organized system. Once your child has outgrown a toy, you need to decide what you want to do with that toy.
If you want to save the toy for younger siblings, get into the habit of storing toys in plastic boxes or bins. With a permanent marker, label each bin with the age that this toy would be appropriate for. Since your child will no longer be playing with these toys, you can find another place to store them until they are needed, such as an attic, basement, garage, or utility room.
If you just don’t have the room or the desire to save any toys, you can donate them. There are many wonderful charities all over the country that need toys for children. Women’s shelters, orphanages, and foster homes may all be able to use these toys. If your church has a nursery, see if these extra toys can be used there. You can also contact area daycares to see if they want your toy donations.
Now that you have created a method to the madness of outgrown toys, it is time to organize the rest of the toys in your child’s room. You may want to start out by making a clean sweep of all the toys in the room. Once you have the room cleaned out, it may be easier for you to decide where you want to begin storing them.
Of course, you can always buy a toy box for your child’s toys. You might want to use caution, though. Be sure the toy box you buy has a safety latch that keeps its lid from slamming onto little fingers or your child’s head. Instead of a toy box with a hinged lid, you might want to consider buying one that has small cabinet doors. Instead of your child always lifting the lid and risking injury, she can simply open a door. If you are planning on buying or building a window seat with toy storage, you might also want to consider cabinet doors instead of a hinged seat.
A storage bag for shoes makes a great space for storing all those little toys, blocks, stuffed animals, etc. You can place the bag on the back of the closet door and fill each compartment. The best part is this storage area is see-through, so your child won’t have to guess where her stuff is! Another see-through toy storage option is to use some more of those clear plastic boxes with lids to place on shelves within the closet. Be sure and label each box.
Storage bins can be a mom’s best friend, and there are so many colors and varieties available. Storage bins come in several sizes. The bins should be removable so that your child can take a bin off the shelf and take out or put away toys.
An accordion style coat or hat rack is the perfect place for hats, purses, play jewelry, and other items that can be hung. If you have an extra wall in your child’s closet, place one of these racks there. Be sure and hang it low enough for your child to reach.
If you have the wall space, you might want to consider covering one whole wall with book shelves of various sizes. You can store books on some of the shelves and purchase pretty bins or baskets to hold toys on some of the other shelves.
Finally, if your child loves her stuffed animals, but really doesn’t play with them, use the space close to the ceiling. You can purchase an inexpensive net and string it across the corner of the room. This is a great place to pile all those stuffed pets. You can also add shelving towards the top of your walls to place trophies, memorabilia, baseball hats, and other items that your child loves but doesn’t need access to on a daily basis.
Once you’ve started organizing your child’s room, you may find that there is so much more space than you realized. Organizing her toys should help your child become more neat and tidy, also.