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
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.
General Organizing Solutions
Footlockers or old-fashioned
steamer trunks hide extra bedding. Be sure to make safe for
small children by installing locking safety hinges.
Under the bed storage bins hold
A plastic garbage can topped with
a table round makes a bedside or chair side table, and doubles
as hidden storage.
Over 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 desk supplies.
Shoe bags hang on a closet door
and contain all those Beanie Babies™,
and action figures.
Purchase drawer dividers for
socks, underwear, lingerie and tiny items to keep items
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 member.
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 or garage.
Wicker trunks or footlockers make
excellent places for out of season clothes.
Hanging storage closet systems
colorful and create an instant chest of drawers.
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 website at
www.lillianvernon.com for ordering information, or to
request a catalog.
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
www.UniKeep.com 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 time!
Debbie Williams is a
professional organizing strategist and author of Organized Kidz:
E-Z Solutions for Clutter-Free Living (By the Book Media, September
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