How to Organize a Room for Multiple Children

Whatever the room, whether it be in your home or at a school, if you have more than two children involved, staying organized helps immensely.


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    Plan your space. Draw out what you'd like to get accomplished in the room before you do it. It helps to cut out paper furniture and 'rearrange' it around the 'room' before you act.
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    Personalize the space. Every child wants a sense of belonging. Build out the number of children's own space against a wall with simple cubbies. Allow for hanging of coats, hats as well as a place to put personal curios. Put their name on their space to differentiate between the children and make them feel special.
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    Count the children and provide that much table space. If there are five kids, have enough space at a table for five kids with chairs for each kid. Again, make sure you put their name (laminate it, or simply tape their name down) in front of their space on the table. Make it look spiffy as each child will need to enjoy the experience. This will be their own go-to space when its time to do things like homework or to create a new masterpiece.
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    Provide Storage. Plenty of storage for each activity, and provide plenty of activities to do. Children are natural-born busy-bodies. They can't help it. Children need to be able to move from one task to another without being yelled at every five minutes to sit down. A good time-span for each activity would be thirty minutes.
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    Provide Rules. No child willingly submits to rules, but they are very fast learners. Set up rules like: We will do this activity for thirty minutes. No one can get another activity until we are finished with this one and then put it up when we are done. In a couple of phrases, you have established the start, middle and end of the activity and made it clear that clean up time is part of the activity.
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    Stick to your rules. Providing consistency, continuity is a requirement for children. If you are constantly changing your approach to a set of activities then children will assume you either don't care or are one of them. Be the parent or teacher and tell them your expectations. When/if they don't meet your expectations, don't yell, simply don't allow for a new activity until they do.
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    Use colors in the room. Separate the different activity centers by using different colors for each station. Use bright or royal colors, jewel tones are preferred. Children enjoy feeling special and bright colors are what they will remember the most. Have a reading corner? Color it blue or green to encourage a calm zone. Have a fort to climb? Color it yellow, orange or red to encourage the energy of climbing. If you don't feel comfortable using all of one color, paint the majority of it white or eggshell and use the bright color as an accent color.
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    Plan for a relaxation area. Kids enjoy reading in unusual places (and in unusual positions). Make a secluded corner by cordoning it off with a bookshelf or other area and line it with pillows and/or beanbags.


  • Put supplies and activity related items in clear plastic boxes so everyone knows what the contents are.
  • Kid-focused magazines can be a great way to introduce kids to the love of reading.
  • For more clarity, label everything. The box the toys go in and the toys themselves, if possible. If there are 30 of an item (say a puzzle), then label it as 4 of 30, 5 of 30, etc.
  • If you want to make the space special for your children, be sure to engage them in the options process. Kids come up with some really creative ideas.
  • Put up a schedule so that its easier to stick to it.


  • Make sure a clock is always visible to the children and you. This encourages telling time as well as gives you both a visual reminder to stick to the schedule.
  • Always make sure you do not have nails, screws or other objects sticking out where it can snag a child's body or clothing.

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