Bedrooms are the most used rooms in your home, and they can be used for all sorts of things. Sleeping isn’t the only thing you or anyone in your family does in there. If we only slept in our bedrooms, they would probably stay fairly tidy. But the reality is that bedrooms can quickly turn into a mess – especially kids’ rooms.
And, as if your own mess isn’t enough, the kids tend to have a habit of spreading their things into your room, too. Staying on top of the chaos can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. With the right techniques, you can get everything organized, and KEEP it that way!
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10 Tips To Keep Everyone’s Bedrooms In Order
1) Tidy Every Day
Taking a few minutes each day to tidy is a huge help. It might sound like a lot of effort, but it doesn’t have to be. Just a few minutes each morning or evening, to put things away and straighten everything, can help you keep them neat.
Of course, convincing your spouse and children to do the same isn’t as easy. But getting them into the habit of picking up after themselves is doable. A few minutes at the end of each activity, and a few minutes before bed, makes a world of difference. For a long time, I’ve had a quick tidying-up on the girls’ pre-bed chore chart lists. Even though I have to supervise to make sure they complete the job, it makes SUCH a difference.
2) Purge Regularly
It’s amazing how easily you can end up with piles of things you no longer wear or need. If you don’t want to run out of bedroom storage, clear out excess at least once or twice a year.
Doing this makes even more sense for kids, who outgrow clothes and toys faster than you can blink. As soon as the seasons change, pull out everything from the last season. Then either store it for the next sibling, or decide how to get rid of it. If it’s in good shape and likely to be in demand, you can sell it or give it to a friend. If you don’t want to sell or give it away, donate it to a charitable organization or thrift shop. Or if it’s not in good shape, see if you can recycle it; otherwise, just toss it.
3) Everything Needs A Home
I cannot stress this enough! 90% of the clutter in our house comes from things that lack good homes. And by “good homes,” I mean homes that are easy to remember, easy for everyone to use, and fit the job.
For example, our plastic bins of travel-related gear used to live in Kimmie’s large closet. But Kimmie’s closet has become more crowded as she and her clothes have gotten bigger. So the current plan is to move the bins to the bottom of my half of the master closet. Only the bottom currently has clothes I no longer wear. I’ve known since the spring that the solution is to purge those unworn clothes (see step #2 above), only I just haven’t quite gotten there yet. And so the bins of travel gear sit out, taking up space along the wall.
As soon as I can make the time to do that purge, then the bins will once again have a home – and they will no longer be cluttering the rest of our bedroom!
4) Make Sure There’s Plenty of Storage
Storage is vital when you’re trying to keep your home organized. In your bedroom, your main storage needs will be for clothing and accessories. In your kids’ rooms, you need to take toys and books into account as well.
If you need more storage or want to change it around, there’s plenty of discount furniture available to make a storage upgrade more budget-friendly. Before buying storage, think about what you need to store and where you want to put it. As well as stylish storage like dressers, trunks and bedside tables, think about practical boxes and more. You might also consider whether you already have appropriate storage solutions elsewhere in your house. Perhaps rather than buy a new bookcase for your child, you can repurpose a larger one from another room into their bedroom, so their picture-book collection can make way for chapter books?
5) Choose Child-friendly Storage
When you think about storage for your children’s rooms, you have to consider it from a child’s point of view. If it’s not something they can reach, something that’s easy for them to use, it WILL NOT WORK. Ditto for a system they don’t get to help set up, once they’re old enough to care (say, preschool.) Trust me; I’ve tried, and getting them invested in the process is your only key to success.
Put storage at their level so that they can see and access what they want/need – and, more importantly, put things away. In fact, you can set up their storage so it’s easy for them to put things away, but harder to get everything out at once. (It’s harder to mess things up in two seconds if they can’t pull down a pile of books or games all at once.) Choose storage that looks good in their room, so they’ll be more likely to use it. And do your best to give them simple choices that will help them feel a sense of ownership in the process. If they can pick which books go on which shelves, or how to organize and store certain toys, they’re more likely to feel invested in maintaining their storage systems.
6) Divvy Up Storage Spaces
When you’re organizing your things, having a large and open space can make it more difficult to keep things organized. Whether it’s a closet or a large drawer, it’s easier to split things up into smaller spaces.
There are lots of ways to divide up spaces, so think about what you want to store. You can create the perfect shapes for storing shirts, belts, jewelry, and various other items. It will be easier to find anything you want and put things back where they belong. Most recently, I’ve been storing the girls’ ever-larger clothes in their tiny dressers by using the Marie Kondo method of rolling everything up and standing it on end. This has required lots of narrow bins for lining up the rolled clothes in. I’ve recycled wine boxes, shoe boxes, etc. to make these narrow bins, at a cost no greater than a little tape and a little time. It has truly made all the difference in keeping their drawers organized.
7) Consider Banning the Kids from Your Room
When your children are small, keeping them out of your room probably isn’t a top priority. But as they get older, you don’t necessarily want them and all of their things invading your space. Your bedroom might be the one sanctuary you have in your home, so making sure the kids stay out from when they reach a certain age is important.
Even if you allow them in when they have a bad dream or for Sunday morning cuddles, making sure they don’t bring half of their own room with them helps you keep your room tidy. I have a dear friend whose only child basically moved into the bedroom Friend shared with her husband. By the time Child was in high school, all of Child’s clothes lived in the parents’ bedroom, and Child spent more time there than in Child’s own room. Needless to say, my friend was not pleased that her room was never the sanctuary she needed at the end of a long day, in part because it was so cluttered with three people’s worth of stuff. (And not surprisingly, more children was totally out of the question.)
8) Use Multifunctional Furniture
If you don’t have a lot of space in your bedroom, keeping everything organized can be a little more difficult. But you can save space through a few methods, including using multi-functional furniture.
For example, consider a dresser that can double up as a bedside table. Bedside tables are mostly just for holding a lamp and perhaps various items like your phone, glasses or a book. These can all just as easily sit on top of a dresser next to your bed, and it has much more storage space. You can also use space under your bed. Beds with built-in drawers underneath are a genius space-saving solution, especially (but not only) for kids’ rooms.
9) Use Walls and Ceilings to Save Space
Another good way to save space is by making use of the ceiling and walls. The vertical space helps to save your floor space for the most important pieces of furniture and ensure you still have space for walking around.
Put up shelving to give you more space, especially in your closets. See if a simple shelf plus wall-mounted lamp can eliminate the need for a bedside table. You can even hang storage from the ceiling so that you can make the most of the space you have available; this works especially well in the corners of kids’ rooms, for a net hammock to hold all their stuffed-animal “friends.”
10) Organize Top to Bottom
It’s important to make sure that every part of a bedroom is organized. When you organize your room, you’ll want the things you need most on a higher level. It keeps everything accessible and means that the things you don’t want the kids to get at are out of reach.
In your kids’ rooms, however, you’ll want to put the things they need to access often at their level. If you expect them to dress themselves, for example, you don’t want their clothes to be out of reach. (Unless, like my little fashionista who’s dressed herself since she was 2, putting the clothes out of reach gives you a small help against her trying on every single thing she owns, morning after morning, because she can’t decide.)
The bottom line is simple, even though it may take you awhile to get there: Organize all of the bedrooms in your home, and you can keep them in order at all times. Don’t allow them to get messy long enough for it to become a problem.
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