Let’s be honest … the hardest room in the house to keep clean is our kid’s. Besides the fact that (many) kids are slobs and works in progress, it often feels like they’re only capable of picking up so many toys. And once they reach that limit, a neat room is out of the question. But this doesn’t have to be the case. The trick is all in the storage. Yes, if you have fun, kid-friendly, accessible storage in their rooms, they are far more likely to tidy up their space (and maybe even enjoy it!). I know … it seems too good to be true. However, I’ve experimented with this very topic with my little guy and found that having creative storage options for him to use is key to keeping his room tidy (and my hair from falling out). Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve found when it comes to keeping kids’ rooms clean.
Have a “Less Is More” Mentality
The kids that I know get over stimulated and overwhelmed pretty quickly. They don’t really need ALL those toys they got for Christmas and their birthday, and maybe their half-birthday. (Yes, we celebrate half-birthdays!) So get rid of the toys that you, as the parent, don’t like and that they don’t play with all that much. If your kid is obsessed with a Spiderman toy that talks but you hate it, just wait. They will get tired of it eventually and you won’t have to be the bad guy by donating it to Goodwill.
Even when you have fun storage for your kids’ rooms, it might be a while until your children learn where everything goes. Try making some labels to help them out! Something as small and as easy as a Post-It with a picture of a truck on it can help them learn that the cars go in the blue bin and so on. Once they have a handle on where everything goes, ditch the labels and enjoy your neat kid’s room.
And here are 8 clever storage ideas for your kid’s room:
Books are great by themselves, but put them on a fun painted tree and suddenly the bookshelf is magical! Any kid would adore this in their space.Get the tutorial from 101 Woonideeen
If you have a little one who likes toy cars, you know how essential something like this is for storage. The best part about this project is that a kid made it ... using toilet paper rolls! Genius.Get the tutorial from Petit On
Dress up Rack
A coat rack hung at a child's reach is such a brilliant idea. Cover that rack with their favorite dress up items and you are golden. This is great for having them clean up, too. No excuses!Get more inspiration from A Cup of Jo
Stuffed Animal Swing
How cute is this swing? I love it when storage doubles as a toy. It's always difficult to find space for stuffed animals, so utilizing the walls is a perfect solution.Get the tutorial from It's Always Autumn
Wooden Shoe Rack
Tired of tripping over sneakers and ballet slippers in your kid's room? This shipping pallet-turned-shoe rack is the ideal solution. Get the tutorial from Bob Villa
Every kid has to have some art supplies, right? Why not build a little station to keep all those supplies stored properly? This cute and simple craft station is perfect for kids, and the pegboard is a genius touch.Get the tutorial from Handmade Charlotte
Sometimes your storage needs to go beyond a quick tip or trick and for that, I love this storage unit! The shape cut outs are so playful and practical for little hands.Get them at Via Boxes, starting at $132