7 Tips for Minimizing Kids Playroom Clutter
The following tips will help you minimize your child’s playroom clutter. Most kids playrooms these days house more toys than we know what to do with. The more things you have in any given space, the harder will be to keep it all organized.
1. Limit clutter by limiting how many toys your children have access to.
Consider storing away up to ½ of your child’s toys in plastic totes and swapping them out every 3-6 months. This strategy will not only minimize your child’s playroom clutter on a daily basis, but your kids will love having fresh toys to play with every few months.
2. Sort toy collections together and store them in easily accessible bins.
Make clean up time up as simple as possible for little hands by using open containers for toy collections such as Legos, puzzles, cars, and blocks. Store them on lower shelves where they can be easily reached so that kids can clean up without your assistance.
3. Establish a “One at A Time” Rule to Reduce Playroom Clutter.
Avoid toy clutter in the playroom by creating a consistent rule that only one category of a toy can be played with at a time. This will take some practice at first, but eventually, your children will develop the habit of knowing that they have to put the Legos away before pulling out the Transformers. This one rule will go a long way in maintaining at least some order in your playroom.
4. Label bins but keep it simple.
Labels for specific toys do help prevent containers from becoming a landing spot for random toys…you know what I mean, every messy playroom seems to end up with hodgepodge containers full of miscellaneous toys. Labels can prevent this problem and they also help make clean up time simpler for everyone.
However, since children grow and transition out of age-appropriate toys faster than you know, don’t go overboard with labeling everything in sight. Use a limited number of hanging tag style or removable labels, that can be changed as your children grow. Avoid permanent adhesive ones that will be impossible to remove.
5. Declutter your playroom at least twice a year.
New toys come into the house on a constant basis. Make sure the same amount goes out each year. Taking the time to weed out the toys that your child has grown out of or lost interest in will help keep your toy room clutter to a minimum. If you involve your child in this process, it is a great way to teach them the value of sharing. Be sure to help them visualize how happy their donated toys will make another less fortunate child feel.
Eliminate toy debris regularly
Toy debris consists of all those tiny toy pieces, cheap junky toys, or random lost parts that we seem to find everywhere. In my experience, these little trinkets seem to plague every playroom from time to time.
6. Avoid letting your child’s play area take over the whole house.
I sometimes get calls from frustrated parents who reach out to me to help them deal with their toy chaos that has somehow taken over their entire home. Often, the heart of the issue lies in the fact that they have allowed their child’s toys to invade every room in the house.
Designate one specific room in your home as the play area and be firm about not allowing toys to live anywhere else.
You can also establish a rule with your child that all toys need to stay in this play area. Alternatively, you can enforce the rule that toys need to be returned to the room when they are finished playing with them.
Be sure to avoid more public rooms such as a living room. You don’t want the play area to be the first thing both you and your guests see when you enter your home.
7. Make peace with the fact that you will always have some playroom clutter.
A perfectly organized playroom free of all clutter is an unrealistic goal given that our toddlers play there. That said, the aforementioned tips will at least help minimize messes. Reminding yourself that you will NOT find a way to control all of your toddler’s clutter all of the time will help you feel less frustrated from day to day.
It is also helpful to remind yourself that this is a short-lived stage that your children will quickly grow through, and one day soon, both the clutter and the toddler will be gone. Accepting this fact will help you let go and enjoy the crazy, wonderful ride that having a toddler in your home takes you on!
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