How to Organize a Playroom

Three Methods:DeclutteringOrganizingKeeping it Organized

Any room that a child frequents can quickly become a disaster zone; this is especially true of the playroom! This article will teach you how to clean up and bring order to the mess—and once it's all organized, how to keep it that way!

Method 1

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    Take out all of your child(ren)'s toys. Spread them out on the playroom floor so you can get an idea of what you're dealing with.
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    Work with your child(ren) to decide what to keep and what to toss. This might sound like a Herculean task, but there are some methods, listed below, that you can use to convince your kids to get rid of some of their toys.
    • Show them how much they have. Indicate toys they haven't played with in a long time; tell them that other children would be happy to have those toys and (if they're little) that the toys will get to make new friends and start a happy new life.
    • Remind them of how difficult it is to play in a cluttered room. In a cluttered room there's no space for them to set up a dollhouse or a toy train track. They might trip and they can't move around well, and they might lose their favorite stuffed animals under a pile of other stuff.
    • Tell them that giving away toys that are "too young" for them or toys they just don't play with will make room for newer, more interesting toys they might get for their birthday or Christmas.
    • Tell them that giving things up is a part of growing up and being a big kid.
    • Stay side-by-side with them the whole time to keep their spirits up and encourage them. Try to make it as pleasant an experience as you can.
    • Start small; ask them to find five or ten toys (depending on how many they have) that they would be okay with giving up.
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    Reward your child(ren) for giving up some of their toys. Praise them and tell them how proud you are, and that they've made a big step in growing up. If they seem sad about it or you feel like they've earned a special treat, take them to get ice cream or get them a toy they've wanted for some time (and tell them that they can have it because there's enough space now).

Method 2

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    Sort everything in the playroom into categories. Make a pile of stuffed animals, a pile of dolls, a pile of board games, a pile of art supplies, and so on. Making a pile of your child's absolute favorite toys may be a good idea, too.
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    Get containers and shelving. Square or cubby shelving could work well, and clear plastic bins allow the child(ren) to see the contents of a particular container. (Make sure you measure both shelving and bins so you can be sure the bins will fit.) Label bins, too, if your child is old enough to read.
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    Split larger categories into smaller categories. You might not be able to fit all the stuffed animals, for instance, into a single container. If this is the case, divide this category further; for instance, into "Dogs and Cats" and "Other Critters."
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    Consider getting a toy box for your child's favorite toys. If a child plays with a certain toy every day, they probably won't want to pull out a bin from the shelves over and over again. A toy box could be a good solution.

Method 3
Keeping it Organized

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    Avoid showering your kid(s) in toys. Your organizational efforts will go to waste if your child's toy collection outgrows them. Balance toys the child receives with toys he/she gives away.
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    Establish rules about cleaning up. For instance, a playroom rule could be that only five toys can be out at a time, or that the room must be cleaned up before bedtime or leaving the house. Hold your child accountable for this; you have set up a simple system for them to follow, so they should follow it.
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    Enjoy seeing your child's free, organized play space.

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