Posts Tagged ‘toy room organization’

Invasion of the Toys

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

6353050_SAnyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.

Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts.  Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.

Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again.  Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor.  Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.

Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.

Creating a Play Zone

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

17005847_SCreating a play and creative space for your kids in your home is important for both the kids and you. Having a space to play and be creative helps little minds grow and keeps your kids occupied. If you have a designated playroom, you are ahead of the game. If you have to carve out a play area in the family room or kids’ bedrooms, you face a little more of a challenge.

Having a play and creative zone that is not in the kids’ rooms can contain the clutter and chaos that comes with crafts and toys.  Depending on the size of your family room or living room, you may be able to set aside part of the room as the play zone.  The key to designing and creating a play zone is storage. Storage, storage and more storage will keep the toys and craft supplies from taking over your room.

If you have little crawlers and toddlers, you’ll want to have a soft surface underfoot for falls and tumbles. This can be colorful rubber mats, carpet squares, or even a few layers of area rugs.  Creating a safe place to play is important.  Poufs are great for the play area since they are easily portable and can be used as seating.

For crafting, a floor cover to protect your carpet or hardwood from glue and paint is a must. This can be a simple drop cloth, tarp or plastic sheet.  You’ll want something that is easy to fold up and wash after the crafts are over.

Organize Your Playroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

Do you have a playroom that is out of control? A toy box that has vomited its contents? Stacks of books, magazines, video games and CDs? Bet you that all those things belong to your children. Now is the time to conquer the clutter chaos and teach your kids how to organize their stuff on their own.

Yes, this may sound like torture, but teaching kids organizational skills will not only help you keep your house tidy, it will also help them learn how to pick up after themselves.

To get started, if your kids are old enough to read, write down what you would like them to do.

Reward your children for a job well done. Bribes of money and gifts may help, but it is better to lavish them with praise. Let them play their favorite music (at their preferred volume) while they work, take before and after pictures that you can post on Facebook to brag about their achievement or make their favorite meal for dinner.

Teach your kids the 12-month rule. If you haven’t used something or worn something in twelve months you probably won’t so you can donate those items to charity or have a garage sale to sell them.

Those piles of magazines, pictures and school projects can either be read on-line or scanned and stored electronically. They know how to do that better than you do.

Give your kids somewhere to store their stuff. Your kids cannot put things away if there’s no place for them to go. Work with them to choose fun (inexpensive) shelves, cubbyholes, bookcases or storage boxes. Help them label and decorate the boxes (they can pick silly names to make it fun).

Remember the more involved kids feel in the process, the more dedicated they will be in keeping their space tidy and that’s good for everyone.