Most of us would rather close the door than deal with bedroom disorganization, myself included. I spent many days nagging my children to clean up and pick up their rooms, only to finally figure out a solution to organize children’s bedrooms.
Do you need help finally tackling messy, unorganized bedrooms? I will share some pro tips with you as well as suggestions for getting the kids on board to help with the organization.
The Best Ways to Organize Children’s Bedrooms
Planning an organizational project can be manageable. We tend to put it off for another day when things overwhelm us. Simply, you can break down a bedroom to three categories:
2. Clothing Storage
First, talk to your children and explain what you plan to do, and advise them that if they help, they will have some input, but ultimately you are the parent in charge.
Begin by taking inventory in each area and decide what will work best for your family. Begin with the toys.
Start purging any broken or missing toy pieces. Trash them immediately, so you are not tempted to fix them (unless it is worth fixing because it is well loved and played with often.)
- Pro tip: Get your kids involved. Some are more likely to hold onto stuff than others, but if possible, it is good to include them in the sorting, donating, selling, or trashing of their things. Don’t forget to talk with your children about how a toy they have grown out of or no longer plays with can bless another child.
- Pro tip two: Use black trash bags. There are two reasons: they are sturdier and less likely to break. Also, it keeps the kids and you from seeing what is in the donate, trash, sell bags, and second-guessing yourselves!
Toys can go into a time-out box or bag. Delay selling or donating them for a set period to see if the kids want to play with them later. If the toys are not missed at the end of a week or month (whatever you decide), proceed to the selling/donating stage.
Try a toy rotation
List the toys you are keeping and how you plan to rotate them. You may have enough toys or storage space to keep only one set of toys in rotation and one set in storage, or you may have room to have two sets in storage and one in rotation. Whatever your situation, make sure to put them on a schedule.
Will you rotate weekly? Monthly? Try both and see what works for you and your children. Make sure to have enough containers with lids to make storing and rotating easy on everyone. Some toys might get so much use and love that they stay out all the time! List those at the bottom of the page! Books could make this cut.
Next, decide on clothing. Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you tackle this huge project:
- How many of each article of clothing do your children need? This will depend on where you live. We need way less “winter” attire in SW Florida and way more shorts and t-shirts.
- How many children do you have in each room? Are you storing for just a few kids or many?
- How big is your room?
- Do you have space for dressers?
- Do you utilize the closet or a cube unit to save space?
- How do you usually store clothing? What system has worked in the past? What is and is not working now?
Answering these questions will help you decide if your current system works for you or needs to change. For example, decide how many articles of clothing your child will need access to (you can store the rest in another location or donate the excess.) If you are short a few items, add them to your shopping list.
Beds and Furniture
As far as the room and furniture goes, you can do several things. One way is to pull everything out of the room and do a deep clean. Another way is to measure your furniture and decide where it best fit.
Consider purchasing bunk beds if you have two or more children in a room. You can also have kids share a dresser, each having one side, the younger having the lower drawers, and the older having the upper drawers.
Be sure to secure dressers to the wall, as they are sometimes dangerous. You can also consider hanging clothes and using storage bins to help with the clutter.
Making the space their own
You will be surprised once a child has a place for their “things,” it is so much easier to clean up. They will take pride in a neat room, especially if they can help. You can add some of their own framed artwork to make the space their own!
More organizational tips
I hope these ideas help, and we have a subscribers-only monthly planner that helps with this concept. This month’s Organize It March Planner is all about organizing rooms!
Subscribe at the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. If you miss our planners, don’t worry – they usually make it to the MediaAngels.com shopping cart soon after. Have fun organizing, and let me know how it works out.
Felice Gerwitz is a wife, mother of five graduated homeschoolers, and grandma to eight. She began Media Angels® Publishing while pregnant with her third child and went on to write and produce many books and online conferences. Felice is the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network and the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. Felice invites you to join her on her show Vintage Homeschool Moms, celebrating close to 500 episodes and listed Number One in the Top 20 Best Homeschool Podcasts List.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!