Even a small room can be well-organized.
You cautiously step over dirty laundry to avoid the generous layer of tiny, sharp toys and end up facedown after you slide on a hard-cover edition of "Goodnight Moon." Without proper organization, entering a small child's small bedroom can leave you convinced an unknown natural disaster has recently occurred. Best of all, it's not like your little darling cares whether she lives in complete chaos, which means it's up to you to keep things neat and organized -- or, at the very least, make sure the floor is visible.
1Layer storage space within existing furniture, so it's not taking up unnecessary square footage in an already compact bedroom. For example, instead of a traditional free-standing laundry hamper, install a sliding basket under the night table. Place a wide, flat drawer under the bed and use it for pull-ups, pajamas or sheets. Having a drawer under the bed can also help make the dreaded bedtime routine easier because your child won't be darting back and forth around her room.
2Arrange toys and books on a set of four or six open cubbies that aren't any taller than your child. However, this doesn't mean cramming whatever will fit in each cubby. Instead, help your child select six or so of the toys she uses most often; if she's younger, you can choose for her. Keep bins of smaller toys, like doll clothing or building blocks, out in the family room or living room, because storage bins for such items take up a lot of space -- especially when they're frequently spilled all over the floor. Limiting the number of toys gives the room a less-cluttered feel, as well as protecting you from slicing your foot open on the corner of a LEGO.
3Utilize all the vertical space in the room. Obviously, things like toys and in-season clothing should be accessible to your little one, but less-essential items like linens and the humidifier can be stowed in overhead cabinets. Unlike shelves, which allow your child to see and inevitably pine for the item she can't reach, cabinets neatly conceal the contents inside. Install the cabinets high up in the closet or in a row along one of the bedroom walls. Label each cabinet so that you don't have to search them all looking for a single item. Not only does this save floor space, but you won't have to hike into the attic or basement every time your child needs an extra blanket or pair of fleece pants.
- Remove nonessential toys and decorations. Her ceramic piggy bank or those adorable (but long outgrown) baby shoes don't need to take up valuable shelf space at her height.Follow the natural sequence your child can follow when organizing items. For example, store socks in a bin next to her shoes, rather than in the top drawer of a dresser on the other side of the room.
Things You'll Need
- Child-sized shelves
- Under-the-bed sliding bin
- Overhead cabinets
- Rolling laundry hamper