Even if your child was not born with the fictitious “organizing gene”, there are basic things that can be done to keep a child’s bedroom tidy and easy to maintain. The key is to implement systems that are simple enough that your child feels confident in using. It is also important to consider the number of steps any single chore will take. Here are my top ten favorite tips for maximizing storage in a kid’s bedroom, as well as providing them with systems that they will enjoy and be able to utilize with ease.
1. Down under: Add a set of drawers below the bed to hold off-season clothing, extra bed linens and even toys. This is especially helpful in shared bedroom set-ups, in which floor space is much more limited.
2. Think up: Not only does it benefit a space to tap into the unused area under a bed, but it is also smart to think up, and make the most of the space above and around the bed. Shelving and cabinets provide ample storage for books, collectables and hobby supplies.
3. Keep it accessible: As I mentioned, the golden rule is to keep organizational systems simple for your child. When determining storage for items you wish for your child to both access and pick-up, consider their height. Be sure they are able to easily reach shelves, bins, hooks, hangers, etc… Bookshelves and cubbies are ideal for toy storage as they are low to the ground and will grow with your child over the years.
4. A clothing plan: Mornings are busy and hectic enough. Avoid morning struggles of determining your child’s daily wardrobe, by utilizing hooks, labels or shoe pockets to lay out clothing in advance.
5. Work it: As children progress through school, they will begin bringing home more and more homework. To give them an impactful place to study, mix and match tools and accessories to maximize their given workspace; a pin board for school memos and future assignments, a calendar to manage schedules and dates, plenty of surface space to spread out books and write, a clock to keep track of time and storage for accessories such as pens, pencils, paperclips and headphones.
6. Book club: Kids and books go together like peanut butter and jelly. Especially if your child enjoys reading in bed while trying to fall asleep. Slim picture ledges or spice racks allow books to not only be stored in a simple fashion, they also double as playful room decor.
7. Take a seat: Not only do storage ottomans shine within entryways and living rooms, they boast as storage within children’s rooms as well. Not only do they provide your child (or their friends) with a place to take a seat, they are great for hiding bulky and unsightly items. Everything from toys to shoes to extra bedding for weekend sleepovers, ottomans are always a winning solution.
8. Little treasures: My kids are always collecting things. Marbles, action figures, rocks… and as they get older, those collections evolve into awards and trophies. Instead of fighting the growing collections, showcase them on decorative shelves or bookcases. Smaller items should be displayed out of the reach of little fingers and appreciated from afar.
9. Take a stand: Create a bedside surface for reading lighting, an alarm clock and a place for a nightly glass of water. If room space is restricted, a dresser or desk make a great stand-in, multi-functional option.
10. Label happy: Labels work wonders in any organizational situation, but they are especially helpful in kid spaces. Keep the labels easy to understand with single words or simple images. The labels create a consistency for your child, and after awhile, putting things back in the correct spot will be second nature.
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The entry is a space that should make you smile when you enter the home. It is the first impression, a place where everything lands and a multi-functional area that hugs you when you walk through the door.
Since the entry is where coats are hung, boots are dried, books and backpacks are stored… it is important to consider dual purposed storage that is also space effective. It also helps to cure entry clutter since they are typically smaller spaces and a few things can quickly create an overwhelming sense of chaos.
If the main purpose of the entry is to hold a few coats for guests and a dog leash for Spot, a few simple hooks do the trick!
However, if you need to boast a little extra storage, lets dream about individual locker cubbies… so beautiful!
The reason the individual hooks/lockers work so well, is because they allow you to designate a spot for each family member, and store every little item that comes through the door.
The only problem with creating a large wall of built in lockers, is that your home needs the space to accommodate them. Short on space? Update an existing closet into built in awesomeness!
Did you know that bakeware makes great shoe trays and boot storage?
If you don’t have a natural entry in your home, they can be simple to create with the addition of a nice console table for dropping keys and mail along with a few hooks or a coat tree for bags and outerwear.
Or mix and match modular stacking closet storage pieces to create an entry that boasts endless storage options!
Benches are always a great addition to an entry since they provide a place to sit while putting on shoes, but they can also double as storage for hats, mittens and footwear!
When you walk through the door with mail and schoolwork, a designated basket or bin is a great way to ensure it quickly finds a home and doesn’t later become a monstrous paper pile.
So there you have it! A few simple items can turn any empty space inside the door, into a fabulous and organized entryway!