Let’s face it, kids can be sloppy little creatures. They may not mind living in chaos and disarray, but if the piles have gotten so high that you can no longer step over them, then it’s time to conquer the clutter. Here are six simple ways to do it:
The jacket, the ball cap, the backpack… get them off the floor and onto a simple set of hooks. Even the busiest kid can handle that!
2. A Day-of-the-Week Clothes Organizer
Planning ahead for the week’s worth of outfits will not only save a lot of time, it will also save you the mess that is generated from all the trial-and-error involved in picking outfits each day. Hang this cool tool right on the closet rod and put five complete outfits inside at the beginning of each week. Trust me, by Friday you’ll be glad you did.
3. Over-the-Door Pocket Organizer
What’s on the back of your child’s door right now? A poster? A robe hook? Don’t waste that space; maximize it with a pocket organizer. No nails involved, just hook it over your door and start storing treasures in there — stuffed animals, tiaras, baseballs, sparkly purses, the rock collection… imagine the possibilities.
4. Under Bed Storage
The mother lode of wasted space! Rather than let the dust-bunnies take over, purchase as many under-bed storage containers as will fit under there. This is the best place to stash toys and off-season clothing. If your child’s bed isn’t tall enough for an under-bed container, buy a set of plastic bed risers for a few dollars and voilá… instant lift! Better yet, if you’re in the market for a new bed, purchase one that has drawers already built into the bottom.
5. Movin’ On Up!
The floor is prime real estate in any bedroom. That’s where the furniture is, obviously, and thanks to gravity, that’s also where most of the clutter tends to accumulate as well. So for toy storage, think about the four walls. Invest in some tall, slender shelving that can hold books, toys, games, etc. Consider some wall-mounted shelving too, for second-string toys or collectibles. And don’t forget that space above the window – perfect for trophies.
6. Toy Storage
The old toy box might’ve worked just fine for your child’s toddler toys, but once she starts acquiring toys with oodles of tiny pieces, it’s time to re-think toy storage. Once you’ve chosen a shelving system (see Tool # 5), determine what size box or container will fit on the shelves, keeping in mind the type of toys that your child will store in them. You can then choose clear plastic totes for easy viewing or canvas bins in bold patterns and colors. You might even like metal buckets or cute baskets to match your child’s décor.