Monthly contributor post from Jenn at The Purposeful Mom:
My husband and I have four children, ranging from ages 10 down to 2. Although we often have decluttering sessions throughout the year, I’ve learned to live with the reality that kids. have. stuff.
For the items that need to be kept, it’s great to be able to find ways to organize their things in each room of the house so I don’t feel so overwhelmed. There is so much inspiration out there and I want to share some of the best ideas I’ve found with you!
How to Organize Kids’ Stuff, Room by Room
I absolutely love these kid lockers from One Creative Mommy! They would be great for an entryway with no closet (like ours) or even a garage! I’m planning to build lockers like these (except with 4 spots) once it warms up and I can get into my garage and access my miter saw 🙂
This is also a good way to keep kids’ papers separated in the entryway. A great grab-and-go option for busy mornings!
Here are a couple of great ways to organize kids’ snacks! Just click on the photos to get to the full posts.
For babies and toddlers, keep all of their dishes and bibs in one place! We always have them in a low drawer so our 2 year old can help put her dishes away!
Arts & Crafts
Whether you store arts and crafts in the playroom, dining room or kitchen, this art corner is super cute and doesn’t take up much space! I plan on putting one in my office so that if I need to work for a little while, the 4 and 2 year olds can stay busy (hopefully!).
Who isn’t drooling over this Ikea Raskog cart?? It’s on my list for my next trip! Perfect for arts and crafts.
Here is a way to keep your children’s medicines and their dosage items in one spot. Make sure they are locked away or up very high and out of reach!
We have a hook for each child’s towel in the bathroom (and some extra hooks for washcloths). These are kept right by the tub. The older kids can reach without help and the 4 year old stands on a stool to hang his up.
I love this idea for keeping each child’s toothbrush, etc separated! Heaven knows how many germs my kids spread because their toothbrushes are so close together.
You can also find a clever idea for bath toy storage over at The Inspired Home!
Living Room Storage
If you keep toys in the living room, this is a clever and cute way to hide what could be a messy situation! I love the cheerful bright area!
Cube systems are an excellent way to store toys and books in the living room. Having baskets makes it easy to hide toys at a moment’s notice! Check out the rest of Kristen’s ideas for home organization in this post!
Rolling clothes is such a great way to keep kids clothing organized and tidy! I know that my 7 and 10 year olds can do this themselves and so can the 4 year old with a little help! Here’s a tutorial from Making Lemonade.
This organizing system is on my “to build” list for this summer. She used Ikea Trofast bins but made her own frame to corral toys in the bedroom, while still making storage blend seamlessly with this classy piece of furniture.
We don’t actually have a laundry room at our house (our washer and dryer are in a tiny area in the basement utility room) but if I did, I’d use this great sorting method from Homeschool Encouragement! I love that there are pictures, which helps young children sort their own laundry!
How do you organize your kids’ belongings without letting them take over the house?
Jenn is a daughter of the King, happily married to her college sweetheart and mom to four wonderfully spunky children. She spends her time taking care of her home and family, coaching a speech team, blogging and dreaming up more ideas than there are hours in the day. She shares her thoughts on staying debt free, raising children of character and living a life of intentional faith one day at a time at The Purposeful Mom.
Jenn is also the author of God’s Word in My Heart: A Scripture Learning Guide with Memory Verses.