Finding ways to organize toys is always a challenge. Whether you are tackling the playroom, the toddler room or even the room of a young child, organization is key to keeping a room even decently clean. Here are 10 of my best toddler-proof organization and decorating tips!
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- Use Laundry Baskets – These are a great alternative to flimsy bins or expensive toy boxes. We use laundry baskets for books, stuffed animals and even as makeshift toy boxes. There are no lids to smash fingers, and I don’t have to worry about him climbing on them.
- Keep Small Bins on the Floor – This is a must if you have climbers. My son climbs anything and everything, so instead of using shelves in his room, we just put bins and laundry baskets of toys out on the floor.
- The Little Pieces – Keep toys with multiple pieces or small parts out of reach. It seems like every time I turn around my son is dumping out his toys. I maintain some sanity by keeping legos, puzzles and other toys with multiple pieces put away. He can ask to get one or two of them out at a time, and he has to clean them up before he can switch it for something else. This way pieces don’t get lost as easily, and I don’t always have 1,000 small toys lying around.
- Purge – It amazes me how quickly we accumulate toys at our house. I really don’t understand where they all come from! I try to do my best to purge the toys we don’t need. We sell some online, or in consignment shops and donate the rest. Anytime I feel like the house is becoming a constant toy-tornado, I know that it’s time to get rid of some toys!
- Safety – When choosing bins and boxes to keep his toys in, I did some safety tests. I did this to be sure that if he sat on any of his boxes or bins, they would hold up, and not break or hurt him. He has times where he’s in his room alone, so I wanted to be sure it was completely safe and childproof for him.
- Color Code It – Or use another similar organization method that the child can understand. Even small kids know their colors, so this could be a great tool to help them understand where specific toys are kept.
- Teacher Supplies – For cheap decorations, shop teacher supplies! There are so many great themes to choose from and lots of cute things you could hang on the walls. Little Man’s room is done in a Dr Seuss theme, and it is all done with teacher supplies. You can see his room decor here.
- Decorations Up High – It’s inevitable, if the decorations are within reach, they will, at some point, be pulled down by the toddler. I learned this one the hard way when I had a little wall hanging that measured his growth. The growth chart is a ruined mess now, but I’ve moved all his other decorations up high on the wall so he can’t reach them if he tried!
- Pictures – Decorate with family photos! I love putting pictures in my son’s room, that way he falls to sleep looking at the faces of all the people who love him! There are pictures of our immediate family in there, but also shots of his grandparents and aunts/uncles. He loves looking at them and sometimes points them out to me while we are in there playing
- Don’t Stress – Easier said than done, but remember that this is a kid’s room. Even with the best of organizational skills, it will get messy and it might even stay messy sometimes. That’s okay. Just go with it and try to organize and teach those organizational skills when you can! It’s not worth stressing over!
Looking for even MORE practical tips for organizing the playroom? Check out this awesome post from Your Modern Family! Or click the image below for 7 ways to get things done around the house with a toddler underfoot. What are your best tips for organizing or decorating a kid’s room, toddler room or playroom? I’d love to hear them!