As the Christmas excitement dies down, anxiety picks up. “Where is everything going to go?” “Will anyone find the extra pull ups I hid in the old wagon?” “Why did these kids even need new presents?!” After all of the Luke Skywalker Landspeeders and LOL dolls are unwrapped, they have to find a new home in the house. Instead of piling clothes in the corner and stashing toys under the bed, we have a few tips to “edit” your child’s space.
Before introducing new items to the kid’s room, declutter all of their old items. Start with 3 baskets: One “to donate,” one “to trash,” and one “to keep.”
Consider donating any toys that haven’t been played with in the last year and box up any sentimental items you want to keep (but that the child isn’t using anymore) for storage. The same rule applies for any soft material fabrics like stuffed animals, which collect dust over time. Over the door plastic shoe hangers are an inexpensive storage solution for smaller stuffed animals. They’re still stored out of sight but kids still have easy access to their favorites.
Next, think about the functionality of the space and implement a system that your child can easily keep up with on their own. Set up individual bins or buckets for all of the small toys like Squishies and Legos. If there are boys and girls in the house, set up gender appropriate bins that can go in the child’s room or in the living room. Invest in quality shelving to store items. Set up stations for each activity that happens in the room and create a designated area for it.
Pro tip: If your child got something this year that came with a charger, immediately label the charger so you know in the future what charger goes with what.
Last but not least, if you really want to give your child’s room a fresh, organized feel, neutralize the color of the room, What better way to overhaul a chaotic room than to give it a calming wall color. Try painting only one accent wall instead of an overall color. This opens up the room to still be playful and fun without all of the crazy.
The kids will enjoy the new change just as much as you do!