It is every parent’s dream to see a spic and span kids’ room; one that is neat, free of clutter and well organized. Alas reality is usually far from this because kids tend not to attach much importance to a clean room and never seem to find the need to clean or put away stuff.
Apart from constantly nagging your child to clean their room and put things away, what can a parent do after all?! A lot as it happens. Use these tips to optimize the available space in your child’s room and to make it easier to stay organized.
Minimize the furniture
Go with the minimum amount of furniture that you need for your child’s room; stick to the basic bed, dresser and study table. This will clear a lot of space for your child to play in their room and will leave you with more options as and when you need to make space for a new child in the family later.
Use smart furniture
If a child’s room is really small, consider getting fold away furniture to the extent possible. Consider a sofa bed that opens out at night and folds away to become a seating option during the day. Stackable chairs or nesting stools and tables may be other good options that can be easily stowed away when not required. Even folding chairs and tables that fold into a wall could be good choices so that your child has enough place to kick out and play.
Utilize the walls
Utilize the walls in your child’s room. Wall mounted shelves can be used to stack books, toys, board games and more. Shoe organizers behind the door, and a clothing organizer in the closet can be other ways to sort items and store them in ways that are easy to locate.
Another useful addition to a child’s room could be a Whiteboard. A white board offers your child a creative outlet and acts as an organizer. It saves you the hassle or having separate items in your child’s bedroom such as a blackboard, perhaps an easel for art work, a soft board for tacking on notes & art work or a desktop organizer. The fact that it mounts neatly and effortlessly on to a wall makes it that much more of a convenient space saver.
Ensure there is plenty of storage
Your child will be more inclined to put things away if there is sufficient amount of storage space in their room. You can create a surprising amount of storage space in your child’s room by using the space under the bed – shoe organizers and boxes can be stowed away there. Drawers under the bed or loft space built into a set of bunk beds can be features to look for. Chests of drawers and cabinets with child friendly motifs and colors, stools with storage space, or conveniently placed book shelves and simple baskets or chests into which kids can quickly and effortlessly put away their things – these are things that will encourage children to keep their room neater and more organized.
Sarika Periwal writes about home improvement and decor for blogs online. The right furniture can help keep your child organized. Consider putting up a Whiteyboard in your child’s room. It can simply be pasted on without the need for drilling holes in the wall.