The secret to a well-organized children’s bedroom is providing plenty of clearly defined storage areas around the room regardless of your child’s age. Most kids will simply leave their belongings on the floor, or shove them out-of-sight, out-of-mind into the closet without obvious ways to store their possessions.
If you start teaching your children organizational skills from a young age, you are doing your children a favor in fact. Not only are good habits learned early likely to stick around for a lifetime, but an untidy bedroom is a safety issue as well. You do not have to resort to keeping your child’s bedroom door closed until he or she moves away to college.
Help your child learn good habits by stocking the bedroom with the following essentials, and then taking time to teach your child how to use them even the most adorable kid’s bedroom theme loses its charm when the room is disorganized.
- Underbed Storage
One or two large plastic underbed storage boxes always come in handy. They are perfect for holding out of season clothing, large pads of drawing paper, artwork your child wants to save, extra bedding, sporting equipment, the odd collections children tend to enjoy and board games or electronic equipment depending on the age of your child. Clear plastic make it easy to find the desired object without strewing the box’s contens a cross the floor.
Your child might not always keep his bedroom as neat as you would like even with all of these tools. But the odds are much more favorable when he has easy access to storage, and occasional gentle reminder of “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
- Closet Organizer
Without some sort of closet organizer, it is hard to have a neat closet, however simple. Your young child needs rod low enough so that he can hang clothes easily, a hamper for dirty laundry and a few shelves or a hanging pocket organizer to hold shoes, sweaters and accessories.
She will probably need a somewhat more sophisticated organizer to handle a larger wardrobe, and to keep accessories and shoes under control as your child grows. Tuck a small dresser inside, or install a DIY closet organizer with multiple drawers and shelves if the closet is larger enough.
Whether a child’s or an adult’s, it goes without saying that every bedroom needs a dresser. Start teaching your child to put clothes neatly into drawers as soon as he or she is old enough to understand your directions. Use pictures to label each drawer with the contents: pijamas, tee shirts, underwear, socks. Let your child place clean, folded clothing into the appropriate drawers on laundry day. Little kids enjoy such activities, and the habit will last when the fun is outgrown.
In deciding how to best group clothing items in the dresser drawers, older kids will not need labels but might need assistance. Give help as needed, remind your child to put his clean clothes into the proper drawers on laundry day.
- Cabinet with Doors
To have at least one small cabinet with doors in your child’s bedroom is always a good idea. This might be a small cabinet from another part of the house space saver storage units made for bathrooms work well, a bookcase with doors or even a small armoire. This is where electronic toys, video game controllers and large, oddly shaped items such as completed lego constructions, school projects and sporting gear can be hidden away.
- Shelving Unit
A kid’s bedroom needs shelves and plenty of them whether it is a bookcase, an open backed shelving unit or shelves mounted on the wall. If you paint an old bookcase a bright color before rehoming it to your child’s bedroom, you do not need anything fancy because an old bookcase from another part of the home is perfect. If your young child decides to climb to an upper shelf, you do not want it to tumble over, be sure to securely fasten the shelving unit to the wall however.
To fit neatly side by side on the lower shelves, provide lots of baskets or lidded boxes sized in the early years. Clear plastic is best, so your son or daughter can see the contents. This is the best way to corral small items like crayons and pens, Lego and other building toys, miniature plastic animals and dolls, craft supplier and all of the other messy, multy-pieced toys so beloved by this age group.
You might dispense with some of the baskets, but not all of them as your child grows. They will still come in handy for beads and other small craft supplies, paint or markers and small toys. The open shelves can hold books, collectibles, trophies or sporting supplies and school items. Teens will probably fill the shelves with books and collectibles.
- Large Trunk
What every kid’s bedroom needs in its place is a large trunk or toy box, forget about a traditional footboard. Do not choose a babyish design or a trunk that is too ugly to work with the bedroom’s style because this is an item that is going to be used for years. Instead, look for a good looking trunk in a classic design, preferably made of wood or metal, not plastic. Safety comes first when selecting trunk. Any trunk going in a child’s room needs safety latches that prevent the trunk lid fromslamming down on little fingers, or locking a hiding child inside.
The toy box is the perfect home for stuffed animal or dolls in your child’s early years. As your child moves into the elementary school years, the contents will probably switch to games, art supplies, contruction toys and craft supplies. Preteens and teeagers can put a trunk to good use holding spoting equipment, electronic games and controllers, school supplies or musical instruments.
It is never too early to start good organizational habits in your children, finding worable and quality storage for a kid’s room can be a challenge. Kid’s room storage must be sturdy and functional, but also good looking and easy for little hands to use. I know you may be tempted to skimp kid’s storage, on the amount and on the quality because the good stuff tends to be more expensive. This is one area where you need to plan for the future.
Choose classic styles in durable materials that will adapt to your ever growing family. Certain ages need less storage than others, but you can never have too much of a good thing.
Your child is growing rapidly, and clearing out is absolutely necessary, about every 6 months when your child is young, once a year with older children and teens. The main problem you run into when decorating children’s rooms and playrooms is that most kids have too many toys. Rotating toys may be a good option if you can not stand to get rid of something and you have storage space.
Remember the keep it simple rule when shopping for playroom storage solution. Too many colors, buckets and bins are overwhelming for everyone, and it also makes it harder to keep everything organized. The following is the kid’s storage tips and ideas to get the solution;
- Soft bins tend to work better than buckets or baskets, and will not cause injury. Just make sure the baskets are stable enough to hold their shape when full.
- This is the one area you should not go super cheap, inexpensive and adorable kid storage solutions abound. Look for classic designs and good quality that will still work into the teenage years.
- The essential thing that can help your young child with reading skill is by labeling. Avoid labeling systems that will be permanent. You will probably want to reorganize as your child’s needs change, and though stenciled lettering is cute, it is not easy to change.
- Not ever hole has to be filled with a cubby. Reserve some space for open storage for books, model airplanes, dolls and Lego cities to be displayed.
- Backs of doors and sides of bookcases are excellent spots for additional storage. Hook or knobs make great places for bins or other items to hang. Hanging wall pockets also work well in this small space.
- Ceiling hooks or hanging storage is a fun way to sneak in storage. Just make sure you child can safely reach his things. Do not forget the ceiling!
- A cornice shelf or wooden valance shelves can be great places to store stuffed animals or model airplanes. Install a cornice shelf the length of a wall about 14 inches from ceiling height, or install wooden valance shelves over windows.
- All shelves, dressers and other furniture should be attached to the wall with safety brackets. Play it safe.
- Reconsider if you would like to add a desk to your child’s room.
- Create a headboard that doubles as storage.
- To stash small toys or out of season clothing, underbed storage is a great place.
- Curtains are inexpensive to purchase or make and can be used to create “walls” or hide cluttered shelving or storage areas.
- Maximize storage by choosing furniture that does double duty.