Keep the clutter out of kids’ rooms PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:45
The end of summer is a great time to start thinking about organizing a child's bedroom.
Toys leftover from playtime during summer vacation should be put away and space should be cleared for a clean environment that's good for doing homework.
Having a clean, open space will make it much easier for your child to concentrate on his or her studies.
A well-organized bedroom will have plenty of storage for toys, clothes, and school supplies each in their own space making clean up easy for moms and kids.
Start the school year right with these five tips to organize your child's bedroom and save space.

Clean out old toys and clothes
The best way to save space in a child's bedroom is to make space by getting rid of any old toys, books, supplies, and clothes that are no longer used.
Get your child to help you put things into piles, sorting them by what they want to keep, what they would like to give away, and what to just get rid of permanently.
Take a trip to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army and donate your gently used toys or clothing your kids have outgrown.

Buy storage bags,  containers or chest
Teach children to put away their own toys to help clean up their rooms.
Purchase storage containers and label each container for puzzles, blocks, cars, dolls, etc.
A toy chest in your child's bedroom is also a good place to keep larger toys, games and stuffed animals off the bedroom floor.

Decorate the room with multi-purpose organizers
Add decoration to your child's room with cork boards, multi-pocket organizers, and more.
A cork board can display pictures, homework reminders, artwork and notes from friends that will eliminate clutter that can easily pile up on desks, bureaus and night stands; at the same time multi-purpose organizers keep your child organized for school.
Hang multi-pocket organizers on the inside of closet doors to hold hair accessories, cold weather gear, sunglasses, hats, shoes, jewelry, pens and pencils or small toys.
Look for seating that doubles as storage such as removable cushion-topped ottomans with space where you can stash small toys.
Create a designated creativity space
If a child is into arts and crafts, add an activity table with drawers for paper and supplies to keep everything contained to the table.
Kids who love playing with blocks or dress up clothes can have a small space with a bin for blocks, cars, puzzles, etc. or a bin with dress up clothes in a small corner of the room.
For school-aged children having a desk in the room can be essential for getting homework and studying done; a desk is also great for extra storage areas.
Make the most of small spaces
Small bedrooms and closets can hold portable shelving units, fabric bins, drawer dividers and hooks for more usable space.
Fabric bins on closet shelves keep everything organized neatly as well as drawer dividers when drawer space is tight.
Hooks make a great hanging space for jackets, hats, jewelry, and backpacks.
Having several storage options in a room will encourage children to keep it tidy and clean and they will look forward to playing and studying in their own space.
Even a small bedroom can be kept organized with a little creativity and give your child a regularly scheduled clean up time.
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