I know I’ve shared the play room reveal before, but my favorite part of this space is the play room organization.
This is one room that my family keeps clean fairly consistently and I know it’s all because of the organizing that went into it. With four kids, and all the birthdays, Christmases and general spoiling that goes on around here, we had SO many toys that I had to do some serious purging.
Tips for Play Room Organization
- Reduce, Reduce, Reduce
- Reduce again
- Designated Areas with CLEAR Spaces for EVERYTHING
- Be conscience of what comes in after you organize
The first step of reducing is obviously the very most important step, which is why I say do it once, and then three more times!
When I go through my kids toys I always do the first couple of reduce steps on my own without the kids present. I get out all the broken toys, all the ones that have come from parties or vending machines that I know that my kids don’t need or play with, but might have a hard time parting with if given the choice. My kids will literally hold on to the wrapper of a piece of candy if I ask them if they need it.
On the third reduce run through, I put the toys into categories that went into my buckets. I had 8 spaces for buckets of toys and then three for all of their video game toys. I chose which kind of toys would go into the 8 buckets and if a toy didn’t fit into one of the categories I would put it aside.
On the last run through I had the kids come in and help cull through the toys. I made it clear that they all had to fit and that anything that they didn’t keep I would make sure would go to someone else who would love it. That helped them make the choices easier.
There were a few things that we decided to keep that were too big for the buckets that went into the closet on the shelves. Then of course the stuffed animals (the biggest of the donation piles) all fit into the built in toy chest. The games and books have their own space.
Now that each of the buckets and shelves have their own things that go in them and the whole family knows the system it’s really easy to keep clean. All the toys, books and stuffed animals that my kids own fit in this room and into their spaces while looking good.
For birthdays and other times when we buy toys we really try to make sure that they fit into the categories that we have already established. The hardest part is keeping Grandma on this task and ask her to please not buy giant Ninja Turtle blimps for Christmas! Ha!
I will say that the one thing that makes me happiest is that the kids actually play in this room. They can find the toys that they want and easily put the ones away that they aren’t playing with. It’s not magic, but sometimes it feels that way when I ask them to clean a gigantic mess and five minutes later they come out with smiles still on their faces. 🙂