Conquering Kids Clutter
By Debbie Williams
Lack of storage space is the #1 complaint I hear from parents,
especially in their kids' rooms. But organizing a child's room is just
like de-cluttering any other room in the house: you have four choices:
hang it, put it in a drawer, store it on the floor, or shelve it. Use
those same options when organizing your children's' rooms.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for storage solutions:
Create more floor space:
~A bed with drawers provides extra storage space and eliminates the
need for a bulky dresser or chest
~Invest in loft beds for the kids with space for a desk
~Place a bulky chest of drawers in the closet to save wall space
~Footlockers or old-fashioned steamer trunks hide extra bedding. Be
sure to make safe for small children by installing locking safety
~Under the bed storage bins hold craft items
~A plastic garbage can topped with a table round makes a bedside or
chair side table, and doubles as hidden storage.
the door shelving makes a nice place to store books, children's
videos, and audiotapes.
~Hang a vinyl pouch organizer on the bedroom door or closet door for
~Shoe bags hang on a closet door and contain all those beanie babies,
Barbies, and action figures
~Purchase drawer dividers for socks, underwear, lingerie and tiny
items to keep items segregated.
~Install inexpensive closet organizers for clothing, which can double
your closet space
~Hang another clothes rod in your closet for clothing to utilize
hanging storage space
~Place a laundry basket or hanging bag on the door for each family
~An under bed box is great for outgrown kids' clothes and frees
precious closet space. Store or take to resale shop when box is full,
then begin again (I recommend buying a plastic tub rather than
inexpensive cardboard, which doesn't last very long)
~Stash out of season clothes in boxes, label, and store in the attic
~Wicker trunks or footlockers make excellent places for out of season
~Hanging storage closet systems colorful and create an instant chest
~Two file cabinets can be used to support a desktop for a workspace
~Filing cabinets for your kids provide a spot for all those papers
that seem to take over the house: school work, pictures, cards,
awards and certificates, art projects, report cards
~Lillian Vernon Catalog sells a corrugated chest with pull out box
"drawers". The unit holds six boxes, one for each school year, and
provides a safe place for all those school year treasures. Visit their
www.lillianvernon.com for ordering information, or to request a
~Corral papers and keepsakes safely by storing in a plastic binder.
UniKeep ClearView Binders come in a variety of colors and sizes, and
fit right in your child’s backpack or locker for safekeeping. Visit
for more information
These are just a few ways you can contain the clutter in your kids'
rooms. You probably have several tips of your own to add to the list.
I almost forgot the best tip of all: have your children sort through
their toys and give to those who are less fortunate. What a great way
to make room for those new toys and help another child at the same
Debbie Williams is a professional organizing strategist and author of
Organized Kidz:E-Z Solutions for Clutter-Free Living (By the Book
Media, September 2005).
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