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  • Posted Jan 6

    Play Room Deep Cleaning

    Of all tasks in the household this one never seems to end and always ends up the biggest task of all. Cleaning and organizing playrooms never seem to last long. Kids enjoy the organization but they also have the temptation to take it all out.

    My experience with organizing playrooms has been an on going battle. Even though one is now an adult my thirteen year old still has yet to master the art of keeping her room organized and cleaned up.

    There are things you can do to help improve the process. That is why we are here!

    Start with Sorting Boxes

    Get boxes and start sorting items according to categories. For example a box per category like games/puzzles, cars/trucks, legos, dolls/doll accessories, books, art supplies, and so forth.

    This will make the process easier to determine the amount of space you need to store the items and allow you to sort through and pull out broken toys, do some matching, and grouping things where they belong.

    Consider Toy Rotation

    I have actually tried this with my kids and it does seem to work. Storing toys away per month or season they play with a group of toys for a few months, regroup, then bring out the toys that were stored for three months. Rotating toys can help eliminate clutter but take up storage space.

    Location is Everything

    I like to store puzzles and games in a trunk in my family room. Afterall those are fun when you play them as a family. We keep all family things in the family room. Arts and crafts I have learned never to store in a playroom and always stored those in a closet. Arts and crafts are also a fun idea for family day as well.

    Big Pieces and Small Pieces

    I had girls so I always struggled with large doll pieces such as doll houses that take up a lot of space.  I am sure there are toys that boys also have larger pieces that take up space. Keeping them in one piece was also a daunting mission. Consider the space you have for storing larger pieces and organizing smaller pieces that go with them.

    Determine the Storage Units

    Once you have all the toys sorted in boxes determine what room you have to store each of the pieces. Bins, caddy, and trunks will help keep them sorted according to their categories. I used smaller boxes to sort individual smaller pieces that go together to keep them organized. Avoid using plastic bags around younger children when sorting and organizing.

    Door Hangers

    Door organizers are really handy if you want to organize and store smaller pieces. Downfall... Younger kids cannot reach the upper pockets.

    Donate and Toss

    Donate toys that children have outgrown and toss toys that are broken and no longer usable.

    Teach Tidy Habits

    Once the room is organized and cleaned up encourage children to play with one thing t a time and put it away before taking out something else. Easy said I know. Sometimes it works sometimes it does not. Try placing pick up for the night habit to prevent disaster zone from occurring.