After the blowout excitement of the holidays and gift giving season, parents and kids may find themselves nearly drowning in a vast a sea of well….stuff. From one side of the room to another if feels as though your tyke’s possessions are taking up more and more square footage in what might not be the biggest house. This is a perfect time to organize a massive overhaul on the storage solutions at the homefront. A certain container, bin or hook can make it super duper easy to not only find the right toy, art & craft supply or dress-up item, but also to give everyone a little breathing room! From recycled wares to neatly stacked bins, there are some awesome options out there that will, surprisingly, get it to all fit in somewhere and more importantly, in a style all your own.
Flea Market Finds
Check out HGTV designer Holly Mathis’s solution to storage needs; retro soda bottle crates can make for great under the bed storage and it’s the perfect way to separate little parts like planes, trains and automobiles. Eco-friendly to boot, parents are not only recycling materials but also bringing a little history into the house. These can be found at flea markets and salvage yards, and maybe even in granny’s backyard shed.
Bins, Bins and More Bins
One thing a parent can never have enough of when it comes to stowing away the toys are bins. Bins for animals, bins for LEGOS, bins for dress up, bins for play doh. Just about every store carrying a home decor line has a wide variety of bins so the choices are wide open. A bonus? Kids can learn how to help tidy up their own messes fairly easily, all they have to do is scoop and drop! From the classic white wicker ones from Pottery Barn to build-your-own, easy storage chicken coop bins, there is style for every family.
Closet space is often left underutilized, especially when the room belongs to a baby or toddler. Little clothes don’t take up much space, so there is a lot of room for toys, sports equipment, blankets, and more! It can be as easy as hitting up The Container Store, where they have a customized closet organizer system; for the DIY folks, it’s also a dream for purchasing bins, hanging rods and shelves galore. IKEA, all might land of clean and tidy living, is a fantastic spot to head if dreaming about a closet Carrie Bradshaw might envy, especially when it can happen for under $100.
Even if your children don’t share a room, loft living is super cool and great for utilizing small spaces. Once the kid is old enough to sleep in an upper bunk, consider buying a loft bedding system. Not only does it open up a new area for playtime, study time or chill time, but it makes bedtime an adventure as well.
Love Those Labels
Save yourself and the kiddo some time and sanity by labeling just about anything that can be labeled. There are all kinds of ways to clearly mark dressers, storage boxes, bookshelves, etc. There is the ever handy label gun, which goes just about anywhere but crafty-creative types have been using chalkboard paint on everything from walls to dressers.
Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of the bedroom by hanging hooks on the back of doors, walls or even ceilings. Some need to be installed and others just go right over the back of the doors. Don’t forget to position the wall hooks at a reachable height for the kiddo in question. MapleShadeKids on Etsy.com has a fantastic selection of fun, one-of-a-kind units.
Bag it Up
Adorable bags in any number of prints are a perfect place to store all kinds of tiny parts, from teeny-weeny accessories to matchbox racing cars or a whole slew of miniature farm animals. The zip up sides and easy grip handles are perfect for little hands wanting to tote around a prized collection. Some even come with side pockets to store instruction manuals or stickers!
How do you organize your kid’s room? We want to know!
Written by: Gabrielle Cullen
Photo credits: Picture #1: Courtesy of Holly Mathis; Picture #2: Courtesy of Iron Timber; Picture #3: Courtesy of Jamie Lott; Picture #4: Courtesy of Celine Riard; Picture #5: Courtesy of Janell Beals; Picture #6: Courtesy of Maple Shade Farms; Picture #7: By Gabrielle Cullen