The Nursery & Kids' Rooms
Last week we tackled the master bedroom. This week it's time to take on the kids' rooms. In my case, the nursery is the only kid room in my house but the concept is the same for any kid's room.
Grab your six boxes (Trash, Recycle, Sell, Thrift, Storage, and Keep). We'll start with the clothes and then work our way through the toys, books, and other such items.
For me, I used my storage box a lot. Levi is our first child so the clothes he outgrows will go into storage because we hope to have more kids in the future. That being said, I hardly got rid of any of his things since he's four months old. I focused more on organizing to make his room more functional. But if you do need to purge your children's belongings ask yourself these few questions to decide what goes and what stays:
Sort through the clothes the same way as we did our own clothes. Take everything out and throw it on the bed or on the floor. Quickly go through the clothes and decide whether to keep or donate. Once you have the thrift items divided out it's time to organize the keepers. Anything they've outgrown but you're saving for another child to use down the road should go into storage. All other clothes can be folded and put back into the dresser. Any clothes that don't fold well, such as hoodies, dresses, etc should be hung on hangers.
For the babies, it's nice to group sizes together. For instance, in one drawer of his dresser I have all of his 3-6 month clothes. In the next drawer I have all of his 6 month clothes. I won't pull out his 6-9 month or his 9 month until he's maxed out his current size. Meanwhile his other clothes are still divided by size and stored in labeled space saver bags. The space savers are awesome because I can fit all of his baby clothes in one big tote and can quickly grab the bag of the size he needs out without worrying about the wrong sizes getting mixed in.
The Toys and Books
Toys have a way of overtaking any room. I'm already struggling with this area and Levi is only four months old! How many toys does a baby need anyway? Apparently, a lot more than what I expected. Round up all the toys, including those scattered around in other rooms of the house (unless you have a playroom, then just do that completely separate). Go through each one and keep the most loved ones, donate the lesser used ones that are still in good shape, and chuck the broken ones if you can't fix them. Use a toy box or a cubby system with storage bins/baskets to organize the toys you do keep. Hang shelves on the wall or use a bookcase to hold the books. Refrain from storing toys in other places besides the toy boxes. Keeping them consolidated in one place will help you not to hoard too many toys and will make it easier for the kids to find and play with them. Plus clean up is much easier if there's only one place to store everything!
There will be things you won't want to throw out just because of the warm fuzzies they give you. Like the favorite stuffed animal they used to sleep with or the hat they wore when they were first born. Don't feel guilty keeping these things! You can tuck these away in a keepsake box when you need a trip down memory lane. But be careful not to put sentiment to every single item either. Some other child out there would be more than happy to love on that abandoned toy or cuddle up with that fuzzy blanket. No need for it to waste your space unless the sentimental value is sincere.
Maintaining the kids' room
Keeping a kids' room clean can be difficult. So here are some tips for maintaining the newly organized room:
Kids rooms can become overwhelming pretty fast. But it's not impossible to teach your kiddos to be tidy. What are some ways you keep your kids' rooms neat and organized?
This is like the coffee talk corner. Sometimes I give organization tips or relationship advice, but a lot of times I'm just sharing about the everyday moments that make up my life.