I’m sure a lot of you wish your kidlet’s room or playroom could be neater—you know, a room you can actually walk through without injuring yourself on the latest action figure. Anyone with kids or grandkids can empathize. It’s a dream we all share—being able to walk freely throughout our homes without tripping. Read on and learn how to return your child’s space to an organized, safe zone that you dare enter.

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1. Get perspective: 
In other words, view the space from your child’s point of view. If you have young children, get down on your knees and view their room from their position. Take stock of storage available to them. Tall dressers and high shelves won’t help them learn how to keep things picked up and put away. If they can’t reach it, they can’t use it.

2. Make it low, light and bright: 
You want to make picking things up as easy as possible, maybe even fun. Brightly colored bins are a great solution to hold toys, crayons, and other art supplies. They’re affordable and easy to keep at floor level. Another great option for bigger items is a brightly colored wicker chest—no worries of injury if the lid falls. If you can’t find the color you want, simply spray paint it to fit in with any existing décor.

3. Check the closet: 
Make sure to place clothes rods at kid height if they have hanging clothes and adjust the height as they grow. Save high shelves for your use to for storing off-season items like boots and winter clothing or to keep keepsake items you will rarely want to access. You also owe it to yourself to investigate closet shelving systems that can be configured to meet your needs. If you pursue this option, check prices carefully and measure and plan ahead.

4.  Eliminate wasted space: 
Most rooms have storage potential in areas we don’t usually consider—for instance, a space under a window, under the bed or in a corner. Taking advantage of these spots is key to being able to once again see the floor in your kid’s room. Corner cabinets and shelves are great for storing books and keepsakes. Just make sure you secure them to the wall, especially if your kids are young enough to be potential climbers. Large, flat storage bins that slide under the bed can hold anything from shoes to books to art supplies. Free space under a window can become home to a window seat that doubles as storage. Again, safety first. Depending on the age of your children, you may need to add locks to the windows.

5. Bring in the kidlet:
This is the most important tip to me. Kids love to help make some of the decisions and they should—after all, it’s their space. Let them help choose colors of the storage items you purchase and explain how they’ll be used. Let them know this will make things easier for them; they will be proud of their room and have more fun playing it.

Try to include them in organizing and sorting as well. Explain what you’re doing and why. If it involves giving up some old things to make room for new, explain that older toys will go to kids who may have little, and that will make them really happy. If your kids feel like they had a role in the final product, it will be much easier to get them to keep things put away and organized…until they’re teenagers. Then all bets are off!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?


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