The words “playroom” and “mess” go hand-in-hand because rarely do you have one without the other. Often times it seems the amount of fun is based solely on how much actual chaos is caused. However, getting a handle on your playroom and playtime is as easy as easy as 1, 2, 3 with these simple and inexpensive steps that can be performed in one afternoon.
Step one: Edit edit edit!
Go through every nook and cranny of your playroom removing any broken toys, missing pieces, or just items that you know aren’t being played with or are out of age range of your child. If you find that there is still too much stuff to corral, pack up about 1/3 of the toys and store them away. Every few months pull them out and rotate a few old/new toys in while taking a few others out. This keeps the toys interesting and entertaining.
Step two: Organize into piles!
Children tend to work better in a space that is organized and structured. Help them with this by separating the toys by type. Lego/blocks in one pile, dress-up clothes in another, play food in another, cars all together in another, puzzles together, etc., you get the point. This will help later on when it comes time to clean up; even the littlest ones can help and will teach the simple organizational skills as well. Remember, if your playroom is stressing you out, there is a good chance it’s also stressing your child out.
Step three: Put it away!
This step really is the easiest part since you’ve already done the hard part of editing and organizing. Having some sort of toy bins or shelf already in place is ideal. If not, they can be purchased at places like Ikea, Wal-Mart or Target for very cheap. The actual bins themselves can even be purchased at dollar stores! You can be as fancy or basic as your décor and finances will allow; just make sure you have a bin for every individual toy type. (Side note: Make sure you consider safety when finding places for the toys to go. Take into consideration your child’s height, age, and favorites and don’t put things like a heavy bin of cars on the top shelf out of reach.)
And you’re done! It will be a huge time and headache saver when it comes time to clean up, or especially, when it comes time to finding a special toy.
Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your playroom under control to share, comment and let us know!
About the Author:Nicole Yontz is a stay at home mom in Arizona, a contributing parenting writer for WhatToExpect.com and a personal blogger at TheBetterHalfBlogs.com.