Four Helpful Tips for Organizing a Child’s Room
Contributed by Way Basics. Out of all the rooms in the house, organizing a kid’s can be the most daunting. Want to find out how to organize nearly any kid’s room so it’s not only clean for a day, but for every day after? Here’s four unbeatable tips for organizing children’s rooms.
1. Organize, sort and store
Kid’s rooms are often lacking in space, so make sure that the room isn’t crammed with unnecessary stuff (not that we want their stuff overflowing into other rooms either though). A great example of what’s unnecessary and can be moved to other rooms (or even storage) is winter vs. summer clothing. Make sure to sort and separate the clothes and store the opposite season way up high in a shelving unit or in another room, like a garage or basement.
2. Get the kids involved
Kids are more likely to try and keep their room tidy when they are the ones that have to help with the organization. As soon as they are old enough to do so, make sure the kids are apart of the organizing action on a regular basis (even with little ones, get them to sort through their favorite books or dolls).
3. Get down to their level
Make sure the kids can reach their most used items and only need an adults help with reaching the less used items in the room. You could even put the toys with lots of pieces on a higher shelf so they have to ask permission to play with it (and you can remind them that they must put it all away when they are finished!). Or try using clear plastic bins where possible to organize clothes, socks, etc., so they (and you) can easily see what’s where.
4. Keep safety in mind
One of the key things to remember about organizing a child’s room is that furniture made out of particle board is full of formaldehyde, which can be extremely dangerous for kids (or anyone else) to even breathe in. To quote the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: “Formaldehyde is highly toxic to all animals, regardless of method of intake. Ingestion of as little as 30 mL (1 oz.) of a solution containing 37% formaldehyde has been reported to cause death in an adult human.” An easy solution to deal with this toxin is to use zBoard products from Way Basics, which are great for organization and are non-toxic. Plus they’re just sturdy as wood and lighter than particle board. So you avoid any tiny squished fingers.