If your child’s room looks like a tornado went through, take heart. Mine did too when I was young. Using these kid-friendly steps and a bit of time and money, you can transform your child’s bedroom from a disaster area to an organized space.
- Double Up. Increase your child’s hanging clothing space by adding an additional rod underneath the standard closet rod. Children’s clothing is short enough that you can easily fit a double row of clothes without the lower row touching the floor. Kids also locate clothing on hangers faster and easier than when it's stored away in dresser drawers.
- Keep It Moving. Children grow like little weeds, so keep their closets current by regularly cleaning out and packing away what they’ve outgrown. To make it easy, place a large bin on the floor of the closet where your child can toss clothing they’ve outgrown. When the bin is full, donate the items to your favorite charity. Regular purging will ensure that you always have plenty of room to add the next season’s clothing that they’re growing into.
- Don’t Fence Me In. If your child tends to gravitate toward the same outfits, it may be because his dresser drawers are jam packed or he doesn’t like digging through them to find what he wants. Consider replacing the dresser with open shelving inside the closet, or even a bookcase along the wall. Shelves make clothing more visible, so kids can easily see and get their hands on what they own. Clothing is also easier to put away after laundry day if it lives on open shelving rather than inside cramped dresser drawers.
- Create Activity Zones. To make a “study zone” in your child’s room, provide a desk, a chair of proper height, good lighting, and reference material, as well as places to keep books and papers related to school. To create an art zone for your little Picasso, place a remnant sheet of vinyl flooring under a small craft table. Complete the art zone with a small cart to hold paper, markers, paints and other craft supplies. Little girls love to look pretty, so set up a “grooming zone” for with drawer dividers, a mirror and small containers for storing hair accessories and jewelry.
- Up, Up and Away. If your child has many old keepsakes that she isn’t ready to part with, create a display gallery. Just mount floating shelves a few feet below ceiling level to show off items so they can be seen and your child can still enjoy them, but they're up and out of the way, reducing unwanted clutter.
To make your organizing project more impactful and longer lasting, be sure to include your child in the process. Asking for his input and help with decision-making goes a long way toward getting the space organized and will foster pride of ownership, which will motivate him to keep the room neat going forward.