It's not a matter of if your kid's bedroom or playroom will get messy, but when. When you put children in a room filled with toy trucks and Duplo sets, they won't leave the space better than they found it, and you can only tolerate so much chaos before threatening to donate every toy they love.
Not to worry—there are plenty of storage solutions and organizational tips available to help both you and your children keep the room clean. In fact, we've gathered practical ideas to help you start tidying up your kid's play space today, no matter what room it's in.
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Install Adjustable Shelves
A collection of thrifted bookshelves is one way to organize your kid's playroom. This adjustable shelf system, however, is an effective alternative that allows you to customize drawers and shelf spaces to fit you children's personal collections.Continue to 2 of 34 below.
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Use Bins to Organize Accessories
For the parents who love dressing up their littles in pretty barrettes and bows, pick up some drawer organizers. This system makes each accessory easy to locate and prevents you from constantly digging for for the option you want.Continue to 3 of 34 below.
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If you have more children's books than you know what to do with, consider a color-coordinated storage system. This is especially ideal for a nursery or older kids who can maintain the aesthetic.Continue to 4 of 34 below.
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Simplify With Cube Storage
Not sure which storage solution fits your preferences best? A simple set of cubbies may be the perfect fit. They're easy to find and easy to set up in any space. Teach your kids to play with one cubby at a time and put the contents away before moving onto another.Continue to 5 of 34 below.
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Select Some Stylish Built-Ins
If you have more board games and Lego sets than you know what to do with, create a wall of built-in cabinets to keep the clutter contained. This is a great storage solution for families with several children in different age groups and/or with varying interests.Continue to 6 of 34 below.
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Use Fabric Bins for Toddlers
Some toddlers take more pleasure in destroying their toys than playing with them. That's why fabric storage baskets can be so practical. Kiddos can gnaw on the rim and climb inside the cubby, then you can toss everything back in at the end of the day.Continue to 7 of 34 below.
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Add Picture Labels
Many professional home organizers suggest labeling storage bins throughout the home. For the kid's room, however, picture labels can be especially helpful. Fill a bin, snap a photo of the contents, then place that picture on the container so your child always knows what goes inside.Continue to 8 of 34 below.
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Put Stuffed Animals on Display
If stuffed animals are your child's pride and joy, create a storage system that lets them showcase the collection. A basic bookcase is easy for small kiddos to keep up with and gives every stuffed buddy a cozy home.Continue to 9 of 34 below.
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Choose Neutral Storage Solutions
Children's toys are rarely neutral shades of gray and beige. They're vibrant pinks and blues and greens, and the bold color palette can be overwhelming for some. A neutral storage system, however, creates a clean visual aesthetic in your kid's room.Continue to 10 of 34 below.
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Utilize Wall Space in the Closet
Your child's closet may already be stuffed to the brim, but what about the walls? This closet is not only neatly organized with labeled bins, but a set of wall hooks keep other toys from collecting on the floor.Continue to 11 of 34 below.
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Add Kid-Friendly 'Labels'
Labels are a great way to keep track of what toys go where, but find the system that works for you and your child. This adorable set of animal-themed storage baskets, for example, can be a fun alternative to written labels.Continue to 12 of 34 below.
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Choose Solid Bins for a Clean Look
Clear, plastic storage bins can certainly help kids spot the toy they want quickly, but solid bins and baskets provide a tidy look in an often untidy space. These storage baskets, for instance, hide the baskets' contents, giving the shelf a clean face.Continue to 13 of 34 below.
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Keep 80% of Your Kids' Toys Stored
An easy way to keep your kid's play space tidy is to store 80% of their toys out of sight. Rather than purchasing something new when they get bored of the accessible 20%, swap the toys out every couple of months.Continue to 14 of 34 below.
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Choose Shallow Bins for Easy Access
Instead of buying baskets and cubbies tall enough to fill your child's shelves, consider some short bins. The benefit of shallow bins is that your child can access whatever toys they want without pulling out (and dumping) the entire bin.Continue to 15 of 34 below.
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Give Legos a Proper Home
Most adults have a love-hate relationship with Legos, but there are ways to improve your relationship with this timeless toy. This storage system, for instance, arranges Legos by color, in shallow and labeled file organizers, within a deep drawer.Continue to 16 of 34 below.
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Use Some Toys as Decor
Storage baskets and bins may be the simplest method for tidying up your kid's play space quickly, but not every toy must be hidden. In fact, one way to "decorate" your kid's room is to put a couple of pretty toys on display. This shelf, for example, highlights a gorgeous toy boat and wooden rainbow.Continue to 17 of 34 below.
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Consider File Folders for Craft Supplies
If you liked the previously mentioned storage system for Legos, you might enjoy this similar option for craft supplies. Sort your stickers, construction paper, markers, and other items in labeled bins within a deep drawer. Accessing these supplies and putting them away will be a breeze.Continue to 18 of 34 below.
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Hang Outdoor Equipment
Balls, scooters, and hula hoops can crowd your child's playroom, but storing these items in the garage is much more practical. Consider a slat wall like this one to make every toy and "tool" more accessible for your kiddos. As they grow into new and bigger toys, you can adjust your hooks as needed.Continue to 19 of 34 below.
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Tell Kids to "Park" Their Cars
If your child is a big fan of little cars, here's a simple trick to help they clean up. Instead of simply telling your kid to put away their cars and trucks, ask them to "park" their vehicles. It will make cleaning more fun for your child, and the look of "parked cars" can be neat and tidy too.Continue to 20 of 34 below.
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Keep Craft Supplies in Bins
If you have a crafty kid, another effective storage system to consider is clear, plastic bins with picture labels. This option makes finding the right supplies easy, so your child won't have to dig through a box of glue sticks and pom poms to find what they want.Continue to 21 of 34 below.
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Face Books Forward
If you don't like the look of a crowded book shelf, this storage tip may be just right for you. Display children's books facing forward so your child can locate the book they want immediately. Layered books can also add a touch of color to a more neutral bedroom.Continue to 22 of 34 below.
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Avoid Over-Stuffing Bins
Just because there is more space in your storage container does not mean you should keep adding toys. Resist the urge to over-fill your kid's baskets and bins. You'll find the clean, open space across the tops of your storage containers to be much more pleasing to the eye.Continue to 23 of 34 below.
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Give Your Playroom a Theme
A simple way to make your kid's playroom seem less cluttered is to focus on one theme for the space. There might be toy trucks and stuffed animals competing for the spotlight, but highlighting one idea in the room can make the overall aesthetic more cohesive.Continue to 24 of 34 below.
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Teach Kids to Sort
No matter what storage solution appeals most to you, it's imperative that you involve your child in the process of organizing. Whether you opt for labeled bins or a collection of wicker baskets, help your kid understand what goes where, so you can work together to maintain a tidy space.Continue to 25 of 34 below.
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Keep Workspaces Tidy
If there's any portion of your child's playroom or bedroom that must stay neat and tidy, it's the desk. Teach your child to clear their desktop when they're finished working. Add tools like a file organizer to remind them to stow homework and art projects before leaving the workspace.Continue to 26 of 34 below.
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Hide the Clutter With Cabinets
As mentioned, open shelving paired with bins and baskets makes for an excellent storage system. However, if you prefer an even cleaner look for your kid's playroom, select a set of fun cabinets to keep their toys completely out of sight.Continue to 27 of 34 below.
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Add Play Spaces Within the Room
Just as labeled bins can help teach your child to put their toys away, "zones" within a bedroom can do the same. Extra pillows go in the toy fort. Stuffed animals belong under the loft. When you create spaces within a room for play, work, and rest, it will help your child remember what goes where.Continue to 28 of 34 below.
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Resist the Urge to Add More Storage
As you organize, remember to create storage spaces for specific belongings, not the other way around. Before you add an extra bin to that open space on the shelf, take a moment to evaluate whether or not it needs to be filled. If you don't have an item or basket for the space, leave it be.Continue to 29 of 34 below.
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Use Matching Baskets
Another way to keep your kid's room looking clean and organized is to purchase matching storage containers. This option depends on your own unique preferences. If you like a cohesive look, using the same set of bins or baskets can help create that aesthetic.Continue to 30 of 34 below.
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Customize Storage Containers to Toy Type
If your child has amassed a collection of tiny Legos, a storage container with dividers may be beneficial. If they prefer oversized stuffed animals, perhaps a basket by the bed would house the bunch best. As you begin organizing your kid's playroom, purchase storage solutions that best fit your child's toys and tastes.Continue to 31 of 34 below.
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Keep Surfaces Clear
Just as with your child's desk, teach your kid to clear the tops of tables and even bookcases when they're finished playing. Simple tips like these can help your child understand clearly what your expectations are when it comes to cleanliness.Continue to 32 of 34 below.
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Add Bench Storage
Benches with built-in drawers and shelves for storage are an excellent solution for untidy play spaces. Not only can this piece of furniture keep clutter to a minimum, but you can use it for reading with your child, folding laundry, and much more.Continue to 33 of 34 below.
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Consider Tiered Storage for Visual Interest
For some people, a collection of cubbies for storage or a set of bookcases won't be an appealing solution for their child's playroom. If that's you, consider a tiered look. This arrangement, plus the addition of some adorable stuffed animals, adds some visual interest to an otherwise boring storage system.Continue to 34 of 34 below.
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Arrange Board Games Vertically
For the kids who love intricate puzzles or classic board games like Operation and Trouble, consider storing the board game boxes sideways. When your child reaches for Monopoly, they won't topple a stack of games in the process. If you opt for this tip, be sure to keep the boxes closed with rubber bands.