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 (this type of basket is my favorite for this)
Laundry baskets are a great alternative to flimsy bins or expensive toy boxes. We use these laundry baskets for books, stuffed animals and even as makeshift toy boxes. There are no lids to smash fingers, and you won’t have to worry about the kids climbing on top them.
Keep Small Bins on the Floor
This is a must if you have climbers. My kids would climb anything and everything, so instead of using shelves in their room, we just put bins and laundry baskets of toys out on the floor. This is a special bonus because it also means the kids can always reach their toys AND they can work towards cleaning up on their own too.
The Little Pieces
Keep toys with multiple pieces or small parts out of reach. The old cliche about turning around for 2 seconds only for a whole box of toys to be dumped on the floor – that cliche is 100% true! I found the best way to keep things tidy was to have toys with lots of pieces (LEGO, puzzles, etc) in a closet, out of reach. The kids can ask to get one or two of the special closet toys 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. This closet toy method was always a huge sanity-saver because it made the closet toys “special” and encouraged independent playtime when we got them down. Read more about our closet toy strategy here.
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!
When choosing bins and boxes to keep toys in, I always do some safety tests first. Toddlers are feisty, make sure everything can be sat on or even climbed on without buckling under the pressure of a toddler.
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. This toy shelf is a great option for something colorful that the toddler can reach, even up to the very top.
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. My son’s room was done in a Dr Seuss theme, and I was able to do the whole room with cheap teacher supplies.
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!
Decorate you toddler’s playroom with family photos! Hang up photos of the immediate family, but also shots of grandparents, aunts and uncles. Your toddler can look at photos of all the people they love while playing, the playroom will truly be the happiest place ever!
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!
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!