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Quick and Easy Playroom Organizing and Storage Ideas

Updated: Apr 3

Are your kids like mine? Do they love their toys and hold their possessions close? My son loves his baseball card collections, books, legos, and stuffed animals. For my daughters, it's her squshies, art supplies, barbies, and miniature trinkets. And they both like all their prized possessions accessible and in plain sight.


Playroom Organizing and Storage Ideas

I, on the other hand, err on the side of minimal and desire to keep all belongings organized and hidden neatly in cupboards and cabinets. But since my kids get so much joy from playing freely with their toys—at times, it's hours of entertainment—I've learned to embrace their toys and beloved possessions. So, with some strategic playroom planning, I've created kid-friendly spaces that foster hours of playtime and are organized, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to maintain.

Here are a few ideas you can implement into your play areas to keep your kids playing and the clutter at bay.

Functionality comes first


The goal is to make your playroom a space where your kids can have fun, be creative, learn, and develop. Play reduces stress and is an outlet for anxiety and stress, so remember, functionality comes over perfection. This mindset means you don't have to stress when the toys and books are out of place and not arranged by size and color.

Declutter and do it often


Every few months and before holidays and birthdays, go through all the toys, books, games, and art supplies and decide what you can donate, recycle, or send to the trash. If you're unsure what to declutter, start by purging broken toys, toys with missing pieces, or duplicates. Also, eliminate unused toys, books that don't get read, or anything your kids have outgrown and don't enjoy.

Give everything a home


Everything should have a designated place. Toys, books, legos, art supplies, board games, iPads, baseball cards, barbies, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and all the other little things need a proper place to be stored. This way, you'll always know where to find it, and most importantly, everyone will know where to return it when not in use. Legos, art supplies, board games, iPads, baseball cards, barbies, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and all the other little things need a proper place to be stored. This way, you'll always know where to find them, and most importantly, everyone will know where to return them. If items don't have a home base, they will be lying around, out of place, and creating clutter.


Use clear bins


Bins and baskets are your best friends when organizing, but not all of them are created equal. Use clear bins to store toys and art supplies so your kids can see what's inside without always having to dig around. I love using Our Clear Storage Boxes from The Container Store for playroom storage. They are affordable, come in so many sizes, and are stackable.


Label


Labels are an efficient organizing system that lets everyone know where to find and return items. Thus, finding and putting away toys becomes effortless and enjoyable, regardless of who uses the space. For nonreaders, picture labels are a great labeling solution. You can create your own using sticky notes or painter's tape, print them out on your computer using a template, or purchase customized labels from Etsy.

Keep messy things out of reach


Store things you don't want your kids to use without your guidance up high and out of reach — things like paints, glitter, glue, or toys with a zillion tiny pieces. You certainly don't want to deny your child from playing, but some toys have a time and place, especially when they require adult interactions and extra prep and cleanup work.—things like paints, glitter, glue, or toys with a zillion tiny pieces. You certainly don't want to prevent


Make use of vertical space


Walls and doors are blank canvasses and perfect ways to maximize space. Wall shelves and hooks are great examples of vertical storage, but many other creative solutions exist. My go-to vertical favorites are IKEA TRONES, Container Store Over-The-Door Racks, pegboards, Umbra Artista Kids Art Frame, hanging baskets, and magnetic boards.

Clean up every night


Take a few minutes every night to put the toys back in their proper place and do a quick spiff. I call this "putting the room to bed." This quick reset gets the room ready for another productive day of play. Since everything will be in its proper place, organized, and clean, your children can start their playtime independently.


More Playroom organizing inspiration


Living in a tiny San Francisco apartment with kids forced me to think creatively and embrace functionality over perfection. If you need help developing playroom organizing solutions, Pinterest is an exceptional resource for inspiration and ideas. Feel free to reach out to me for space planning and organizing help. I'd love to help you develop creative playroom storage ideas to make it easier for you and your family to get and stay organized.

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