Children’s Spaces: Bedroom/ Playroom /Craft Room
What are the top 3 to 5 main functions you would like for your home office?
! Tip: IF you have more than 5 main functions then it will be hard to keep all managed well.
- Function 1
- Function 2
- Function 3
- Function 4
- Function 5
- What is working?
- What is NOT working?
- What is most important?
- Why get organized?
- What is causing the problem?
My first suggestion is to give all three of these areas (bedroom, playroom, craft room) their own space and don’t overlap. For example you have decided your child’s bedroom should only be for reading, sleeping and maybe just dolls / trucks. If the space is shared, break up the playroom into two areas and have one area for toys and the other areas for crafts. If you have the luxury of them having crafts and toys in different rooms that is even better. Do not allow for crafts to go to bedroom or toys be brought in craft room. Think of a kindergarten room, it is divided into different task areas and if they want to read a book they only do so in that area.
I strongly suggest when organizing any children’s area, that you let your child have some input into what items belong together, and where they should go. It will be easier for him/her to find things and, just as importantly, to put them away. If you organize their space without their input then it is very important to give them a tour to not only know where all things are but that they understand WHY you organized it the way you did.
Sometimes it’s hard for kids to keep their rooms neat because they just have too much stuff! These days, with smaller families, more money, and better quality toys, they often have lots of toys, and not enough space to store them. Encourage your child to donate toys they’ve outgrown, but don’t just throw things away without their involvement, or they won’t learn to make these decisions on their own in the future.
- If they are reluctant to part with certain things, box them up and store them in the basement or garage. When they realize they do not miss them, they may be more open to selling them in a garage sale or donating them to charity.
- If they still have a lot of toys even after removing those they have outgrown, consider packing some up in containers and rotating them every few months.
- You will want to arrange the furniture so that it’s easy for the child to pick up and keep it tidy
- Be sure to give your child their own wastebasket and hamper so they do not have to take garbage and dirty clothes to another room (they probably won’t!).
- Assigning homes for everything in your child’s room will also make clean-up time easier, faster, and less of a chore.
- Make sure that shelves and closet rods are low enough for them to reach. They will be more likely to hang up their bathrobe and jackets if you provide them with hooks or a coat tree than if they have to open the closet and get a hanger.
- Use shelves and/or bulletin boards to display mementos and pictures. When they get full, it’s time to take some down to make room for new ones. Older items can be stored in a “treasure box”, or ask if you or they are ready to get rid of them.
- Large toy boxes are popular, because a kid can just toss everything in them, but they have many drawbacks. Game and puzzle pieces get lost, toys get broken, and stuff gets buried and forgotten in the bottom – unless your child likes to dump the contents all over the floor! What works better is to store similar articles together in appropriately sized plastic bins, baskets, or covered shoeboxes.
- When buying containers, make sure they are both durable and easy for a child to handle. It might be helpful to use different coloured containers to represent different categories, such as blue for arts and crafts supplies, red for dolls and accessories, and green for cars and trucks.
- Be sure to label containers, drawers, and shelves, so your child doesn’t have to remember where everything belongs. For younger kids, picture labels will work best or again use colour for identification.
- If you have multiple children then colour is a great way to separate the older children’s items with the younger. If you give them containers with their colours the younger ones know they are only allowed to use their colour bins and keeps them away from the older children’s stuff.
- It can take several hours to get your child’s room organized, so it’s important to develop routines to keep it that way. Kids like to play and live in a tidy atmosphere, they do need an adult to motivate them and teach them how to do it. A five-minute pickup at the same time every day, whether it’s before dinner or before bedtime, is usually a good routine
- Some kids will be more likely to tidy their rooms if you make it into a game or a clean-up song and if competitive have them finish before the song is over.
- It will be necessary to do a tune-up a few times a year, to get rid of toys and clothing they have outgrown and make room for new stuff, especially before their birthdays and holidays that they get gifts.