"That's why God made doors." This is what I tell my clients who have teenagers with messy rooms. When the tween and teen years hit, I think you should thank your lucky stars if your biggest problem with your kid is a tornado room. As long as their sloppy habits don't leak out all over the house, my best advice is shut their door and wait for college.
Then again, If you have younger kids, it's up to you to take control of their rooms and put some simple systems and tools in place to help the space stay organized, which also makes it easier to keep it clean. Here are six ideas to give your kids an organized room. At least until they hit thirteen...
1. First, start with the overarching vision for the space. Think about the flow and function just like you would any other room: What happens here now? What do I WANT to happen here? What tools or products do I need to facilitate that? How easy will it be to maintain?
2. Drawers can be problematic for kids because they aren't likely to lift and remove items from the bottom of a stack. Hang as many of their clothes as you can to make them visible and easily accessible. Outfit your child's closet with an adjustable system so you can move the bars and shelves higher as your kids grow.
3. If floor space is tight, choose a captain's bed for the additional drawer space beneath it. If you're not in the market to replace furniture, add rolling underbed containers to store out of season clothing and toys that are out of the regular rotation. When you use the space beneath the bed deliberately it prevents kids from using it accidentally for any and everything. Plus, there's no room for monsters. Bonus!
4. Store books on bookshelves if you have floor space, or mount them on the wall if you don't. Spice racks intended for the inside of a cabinet door. The front rail of the rack holds a handful of favorite books nicely on a wall, as does a wine crate turned sideways and screwed into the wall with anchors.
5. For storing small things such as little toy parts, art supplies, Barbie accessories, and tiny stuffed animals, label small galvanized buckets and hang on wall hooks or on low shelves where kids can reach them.
6. Hang a clear vinyl shoe bag on a wall or the back of a door to hold baby items such as little brushes, combs, socks, wipes, powder and ointments. Shoe bags are also great for Polly Pockets, Barbies and other small toys.
What are your best tips for organizing your child's room?