This month JAM Organizing presents another informative article from a guest blogger. Enjoy!
Space and storage can be a challenge in any room, especially in the room of a child. The more the kids, the more the challenges. But, don't worry, we can give you a hand. Here you can find some simple storage ideas for the kids' room(s). Put them into practice and create the perfect organized space you always wanted for your kids.
1. Make more storage space
If you want to gain more storage space in your house, the best place to start is by decluttering your home. In this case: the kids' room. Carefully analyze everything in the room. Look in all the drawers and all the hidden spaces. The more detailed you are, the better the result.
Sort all the items into labeled boxes. This way, you can keep everything organized. Label the containers with things to keep, things to give away, things that need to be fixed, and so on. Donate clothes that don't fit your kids anymore and toys they have stopped playing with, but make sure that everything you give away is in good condition.
Get rid of all the useless stuff lying around and watch the space grow. It is incredible how, with just a bit of effort, you can achieve so much. Now you can have a clear view of the room, and you can start reorganizing it.
2. Organize a kids’ room after a move
If you are relocating with your kids and a new home awaits you, furnishing and organizing an empty room will be a bit easier. You can choose double-purposed furniture from the beginning and optimize the space. Find beds with storage spaces, ottomans with hidden slots, and multifunctional desks. A lack of space is a common problem in almost any household, and picking multifunctional items from the start can make a huge difference.
Buy small pieces and keep the room minimalistic. At the same time, keep in mind that organizing a space for youngsters needs good planning. It's often difficult to keep up with kids since they grow so quickly. Choose furniture that suits their age but can also be used for years to come. Changing beds every year can leave a big hole in your wallet.
3. Repurpose items from other rooms
When you need to work with what you have, repurposing items can be a huge help. Here are a few examples of the things from around the house you could repurpose in your kids' room:
4. Go vertical
There are a variety of different ways to make the most of the space in a kid's room. Lifting the beds, for example, can help you gain a lot of extra floor space to use for a desk or bookcase. Perhaps a workstation where your children can engage in arts and crafts. And what kid doesn't enjoy sleeping in an elevated bed?
Besides using furniture to your advantage, there are more simple storage ideas for the kids' rooms. For starters, use the walls. Add shelves from top to bottom where you can, or over pieces of furniture. Create more storage space for books and toys, school supplies, or decorative objects. Just make sure they are adequately secured.
Make the most out of your tricky spaces. For instance, use corner shelves or add magnet bands to the walls. You can "stick" items to the walls and make more space in other places. If you have a bit of distance between pieces of furniture, install pull-out vertical shelves.
Try a pegboard. It can be as useful in a kids' room as it is in a workshop. For example, use the pegboard to keep unwanted papers out of the way. Also, try hanging small containers for supplies of paperclips or crayons.
Use command hooks. Place them within reach so that your kids can hang their clothes or other items. Command hooks are a great way to make more space in closets too. Place them on the inside of the doors and hang robes or schoolbags. Just make sure to note the weight each hook is rated for!
5. Use storage bins
The great thing about storage bins is that now you can find them in any shape, size, and color. They can be fun to play with and also very useful. If you want to use bins to create more storage space, make sure to take measures first. You wouldn't want to end up with a bunch of bins that are just taking up space instead of clearing it. Aim for clear bins and label them!
6. Organize to maximize the space
An organized master closet can help you gain more storage space. The same is true in a kid's closet. If possible, add shelf dividers to the closet. It often happens that the shelves have too much space between them or are just badly positioned. Also, add drawers. They come in handy in the kids' room.
Make the most out of the space under the kids' beds. Storage bins can be underneath with items that children rarely use. If you look under, also look above. If you have space between the top of the wardrobe and the ceiling, why not use it? Place some storage bins that fit. Use transparent ones and label them. That way, there will be no question what's inside.
Don't forget about the back of the door. As mentioned before, doors can be great storage spaces. Add command hooks, shoe organizers, or specialized door organizers to keep everything in place. Just be mineful not to overload the doors.
7. Keep your kids’ room clean
Clean the room often so all the storage space you created doesn't go to waste. Teach your children the importance of cleaning and tidying their room every day. A tidy room will look bigger. Not to mention, having everything in its place will give your little ones more space to carry out their daily activities.
Try to keep the kids' room free of any junk and trash. We all know that little ones can get overly attached to things. Explain to them that keeping objects that have no purpose is not practical. In the beginning, it might be a bit difficult for them to understand, but take your time and be patient.
Now and then, go through a decluttering spree and involve your kids. It might not go as smoothly as expected, but it is an excellent opportunity to teach your children to be more organized.
Having to create more storage space out of nothing may seem impossible. Yet, some tricks can help you achieve just that. See which of our simple storage ideas for the kids' room matches your needs best, and put them into practice!
Maxine Cain is a stay-at-home mom of two boys and a girl with a passion for interior design. She loves exploring and trying out various creative storage and decor solutions while her kids are in school. On weekends, she enjoys family picnics or cleaning her home top to bottom if the weather isn't suitable for spending time outside.
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