If you have a little boy or girl like I do, his or her room probably looks like this most of the time! My son, little Danny, is somehow able to get his clean and organized room looking like a tornado hit it in no time at all. In fact, as you read through this "how to" blog post, you'll see at the end what it looked like 20 minutes after taking the last after shot when he was allowed back in the room! He usually picks up his room with me, but I rearranged furniture and hung shelves this time, so there were no boys allowed! Well, the hubby was allowed to help hang shelves!!
- Grab a trash can or bag and throw away any used wrappers, food, and other garbage you find. Keep it in the room, as you are likely to find more as you dig through the piles!
- Now get a box or bin and remove anything you find that does not belong in the room. Keep it off to the side to throw additional items in that you may find later. Do the same with old toys that your child doesn't play with anymore and can be donated to a child in need.
- You might think this should come last, but go ahead and make the bed. You'll be surprised how great you'll feel after completing this short task alone. Also, it will be a nice and neat area that you can place things as you...
- Get to sorting! Grab toys one-by-one, or better yet, grab a sorting bin if you have one (plastic bags will work too) to corral like-with-like items. Keep all trucks together, trains, planes, characters, legos, balls, clothes, etc. Continue this process until everything is off the floor and every other flat surface.
- Do you like where each furniture piece is located? If there are any moves you'd like to make, go ahead and make them now.
- Decide on a system of where everything you've sorted will go. Use toy boxes, plastic drawers, and maybe even a dresser if you use the closet for clothing. Consider your child's height when finding homes for his or her items. Place frequently used toys on lower levels and things used less often a little higher. If you have a climber, you definitely don't want the favorites up high!
- If you are creative, or you'd like to help ensure your little one knows where things go, put cute labels on the drawers and bins that you used to organize everything. I'm not an organizer that is crazy about labeling, but to each their own.
- Now that everything is neatly placed, there is surely some dusting that needs to be done. And wiping crayon writing off the walls (MAGIC ERASER!), door, and furniture! And vacuuming.
- Room darkening shades (I absolutely hate the blanket look)!
- Additional shelf and rod in his small closet (it's on the honey-do-list)!
- Make an art wall (Pinterest inspired).
- Move the Dusty pinata (my son would have been devastated to break it at his third birthday)!
- Remove/fix the locker doors that do not close.
- Creative paint job (courtesy of Daddy like in his old room of our old house)...
Feel free to share your thoughts and your challenges in keeping your children's room(s) organized...
Nicole Ramer, PO
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