Creative Kid Clutter Solutions
Grown-ups and kids alike take heed: Kid's storage can be design-smart and practical, too. Try these inspiring ideas to organize toys, books, clothes, and more.
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Use Double-Duty Storage
In addition to presenting organization conundrums, many kid's rooms are space-challenged as well. Furniture that serves a dual purpose can help. For example, this play table makes clean-up a snap, thanks to a rolling under-table bin.
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Try Portable Storage
Think about your weekly schedule: Your kids may do much of their creative or homework time in the same spot, but they might rotate, too. Storage solutions that can move with them -- bins for art supplies, for example -- are a great clutter-reducing strategy.
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Focus on Adaptability
When playtime is over, large, colorful bins below the window seat make cleanup a breeze. Involve the kids in designing their storage systems so they will feel ownership and pride in keeping the room tidy.
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Organize Ahead of Time
Eliminating the "what to wear" tussle of weekday mornings is a great way to get your kids to organize their daily gear. This simple cloth closet shelving unit saves the day: Use stencils to add letters for every day of the week, and use some time on Sunday to help your child pick out an outfit for each day.
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Help Kids Stay Organized
A clutter-busting system for kids only works if your little ones have a hand in keeping things organized and stored. And you don’t have to wait until children can read to help them establish good storage habits. Baskets, affixed with colorful images showing what’s stored where, can be a great way to help kids learn how to find items themselves and put them away, too.
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Mix Up Storage Types
Any storage expert will tell you: One type of storage doesn't solve clutter problems. That's especially true for kids. Toys, books, art supplies -- they are all different shapes and sizes, which is why it's great to include multiple storage types. Drawers, shelves, and open storage are just a few of the tricks put to use in this family-friendly space. Consider a refashioned dresser bookended by bookshelves for your own off-the-shelf version of this. Another hint: The backs of doors are great spots for message and magnet boards.
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Get Kids Involved
Every family is different, and storage solutions must adapt to day-to-day lives and needs. But the most workable kid's storage solutions are those that involve kids. Closets and clothes are a good example: If kids can’t find what they want or need to wear, they can’t help dress themselves or put their clothes away. Simple labels and tags can help: Divide a closet into section based on clothing type, and label drawers and bins, too.
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Add More Storage Than You Think You Need
Kids' passions and needs change as they grow. Even if your storage feels empty when they're little -- filled with just a few books, diapers, and toys -- as they grow, you'll be thankful you added extra spots to stash items. This long, low bookcase fills an otherwise empty corner, offers surface spots for future display of knickknacks, books, and trophies, and has lots of cubes for baskets or open storage.
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Put Books on Display
Kids often have a small group of books that are in heavy rotation. An open shelving system, such as this piece, is a great way to store those titles but keep them within arm’s reach.
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Turn Nooks into Built-Ins
Extra storage is never a bad thing in kid's rooms. Nooks are great ways to take advantage of sometimes-wasted areas in what are often space-challenged spots. Slim built-in bookcases filled a narrow niche around this bed, becoming display, storage, and a nightstand all in one.
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Make Storage Grown-Up Friendly, Too
There’s no rule that says that kid's rooms have to be filled with furniture and storage that’s plastered with kid-only motifs. This sitting space in a bedroom shows a deft style hand, even as it integrates real-life storage. Behind distressed stain doors (a decidedly grown-up choice) is an expansive closet; the day’s outfit hangs from the door pull (a good night-before trick to making dressing time less of a hassle).
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Make It Easy to Reach
Open and in-view storage is a great way to keep oft-used items within easy reach. Plus, open shelves are a good way to mix up storage with display -- photos and diaper essentials, for example.
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