A bookshelf is a very important component to any kids’ room. You may have tons of books and different age groups. You can try to separate books by a defining category, and dedicate one shelf to what they’re reading now, and another one for upcoming weeks. Another suggestion I like to give when it comes to books is to keep an empty box or bin next to the bed and when you finish reading the books that night, just put them in the box every night. Night after night the box is going to fill up and you can then rotate them back on the bookshelf. This process ensures that you are reading all of your books and not just sticking to your favorites. Also consider having something to separate the books like book ends or decorative items such as kids’ pottery projects. Give it a personal touch and have fun!
Children have a lot of different toys and it may seem like the older they get, the smaller the toys get. The only way to preserve the toys and make sure they are in good condition is to separate them into bins. You can buy these foldable bins from Target, and use them with a shelving unit, also easy to find at Target. It folds and makes it easy to move with from one place to another. My recommendation when it comes to toys is to rotate them for your children. Put some in front of them into easy accessible bins and put the rest out of their reach. Then, rotate the toys every two months. You will be surprised how much you will save on not having to buy new toys.
If you have two separate closets in your kids room, it makes it easier to organize for different ages. For example, first closet is for clothing and supplies such as diapers, wipes, creams, dresses, shoes, and clothing. Clear bins from Container Store can be especially useful. By using one dedicated for clothing for the upcoming year, in other words clothes that are bigger than they can fit at the moment but will grow into, and another bin is for clothes that they outgrow and need to be donated. I recommend keeping a donation bin in every closet so as things are no longer used, they can make their way into donations. Once the bin is full, you can then take it directly to Salvation Army.
A four drawer plastic organizer, also from Container Store, can be used to keep shoes for the future. Divide each drawer by size so it makes it easy to find what you need. And chalk labels from Michael’s for these drawers are very useful!
A second closet can be used for toys, games, and dress up. If you have a lot of dresses, hang them so they are neatly hanging on the rod where they can see them and easily access. Plastic bins on the left are from Ikea, they are stackable, and on wheels. Other bins are from Container Store and HomeGoods. As time passes, you can rotate toys without a hassle and your kids will enjoy the open room for playing creatively.