Getting a playroom set up for the kids is an important task. Getting the playroom organized is an even more important task that can easily be overwhelming. With these tips you will know How to Set up an Organized Playroom.
How to Set up an Organized Playroom
I am sure many of you know the feeling, whether you have one child or more than one, picking up after them can seem like an endless task. You will often find toys all over the house and teaching them organization skills at a young age will ensure that you are not spending countless hours picking up after them.
I have 4 kids and while a few of the kids are older now one thing that we have always had a focus on was playroom organization. For many years we did not have a playroom and then when we did it was the best thing ever. Until it came down to organizing it. It took me a while to get it where I wanted it, but along the way I learned a lot and have some great tips for having an organized playroom.
Benefits of a kids playroom
- Gives kids the ability to have a space of their own.
- An organized place for the kids toys and books.
- Leave more room in the bedrooms.
- Teaches kids to share when multiple kids are playing in the shared playroom.
- Easier to organize then a bed room.
- More space for kids to play.
- Less toy mess around the rest of the house.
- Make playdates easy when other kids come to play.
How to Set up an Organized Playroom
There are a few things that are needed when setting up a playroom. The obvious things being toys, kids activities and kids furniture (depending on the ages of the kids you are making the playroom for).
Pick the Room you going to use
The first step to setting up a playroom for kids is picking the room in your house you are going to use. The playroom can be in any spare room in your home, an extra bedroom, office, den or finished basement. Choose a room that is well lit and airy to make it safer for young children. You also want to pick a room that you will be able to hear what is going on in it.
Set up different Play Spaces in the Playroom
Separate the areas of the room, according to a theme to make your life easier, organization easier and to encourage imaginative play. I like to make it so the kids can have themed areas of the room to play in. I have found it keeps their attention better and they are less likely to get overwhelmed in a room filled with toys.
Pretend Home. I have found it best to have a section for the “home play area” including a play kitchen, play dishes, toy washer and dryer, dolls .
Kids Restaurant area. It can be also be a pretend restaurant area instead of a home area. Add a toy kitchen, kids table and don’t forget to to add a register and some play money so they can pretend to charge for the food.
Imaginative play area. This is the area for us where we keep the dress up clothing. You can use a coat rack or a toy box for storage.
Reading Nook. Set up a bookshelf with the kids favorite books and a comfy space for the kids to sit and read. Things like fabric tents are great for making a quiet space for them to read in.
Art Area. This one is dependent on your kids ages, but if they are older an art area is a great creative space for kids to have in their playroom. Include things like crayons, coloring books, and drawing pads.
Toy Box Area. I have a toy box that is for the random toys that don’t fit in other places. There are many different styles of toy boxes, you can find one to match the style you are going for in your playroom and what is also good is that many of them are easily cleaned
Building Area. This area is where we store blocks, LEGOs and anything else the kids can build with. It can be a kid sized table, coffee table or even a DIY LEGO Table.
Barbie Area. If you have Barbie loving kids then you know what I mean when I say Barbie can take over a playroom. I use a 3 shelf wooden shelf laid horizontally and put fabric baskets under it and the house on top for a very easy to organize Barbie play space.
Tips for Organizing the Playroom
Now you have the room set up, you have the toys you want to use in it and the areas but organizing the playroom with in those areas can be aa challenge. With these tips for organizing the kids playroom your life will be much easier. My biggest tip of all is, have the kids help with the organizing. If they help with the organizing then they will know where things go.
Use Open bins. For smaller kids use open bins so that putting toys away is easier and they can see into the bins instead of emptying the whole box just to find one toy. We use a toy organizer and it works out well for things like our My Little Pony toys and match boxcars.
Keep like items together. If they are small items use the cloth bins and a shelf to store them.
Use Quality items. It sounds like a great idea to go with the cheapest items you can find, but when it comes to kids they can be hard on things. To save money utilize things around your house that you are not using, look on facebook market place or your local thrift store.
Keeping the Playroom Organized
Teaching your children that all things within the room are to be played with and that Playroom Organization and putting things back into their proper place once playtime is over is important.
In our house the rule is that when I need to clean the floors it is time for them to pick it up. I don’t require it to be kept cleaned at all times because it is their playroom. The playroom organization helps a TON because they know where things belong it makes the processes quicker when it is time for me to come in and clean clean the room.
If the kids are younger and just learning about keeping things organized, reward them at the end of the week and keep that going until it becomes a habit for them to keep things organized (well as organized as kids can be).
When you teach kids to clean up and have rules for the playroom it will help keep things organized (well hopefully).
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