“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”
If you haven’t heard that quote before, I’ll bet you’ve lived it!
When it comes to kids room organization, the trick is to keep it simple, sweetie. So let’s talk about simple solutions to problems like the kids room being a constant mess.
(And wouldn’t it be nice to get out the door without searching for last minute items for once?)
25 Ways To Organize A Kids Room (On A Budget)
There’s one thing I’ve learned about book organization: They rarely stay on the shelves.
The good news is that means someone is excited about reading.
Unfortunately, the side effect is that they dig through the books looking for just the right one…and that often results in a mess of books everywhere.
Here are some better ways to organize those books:
Sort Them Out
If you have children that are school aged, you might know about reading levels. You probably own some “easy readers” that are just right for kids learning to read.
I’ve separated those books away from the others.
Actually…I keep them in a box in the closet. When one of our children is ready to learn how to read, I pull out these books.
That makes them more interesting to our new reader, because he doesn’t see them all the time. (And it’s less clutter for me to keep straight in the meantime!)
You could rotate out some of your books based on what works for you.
Pull out board books, chapter books, books you have read so often you have memorized! Let the kids explore new books for a while.
No More Shelves
Books and shelves go together like baseball and Cracker Jacks.
Unfortunately, that setup seems to make as much mess as a box of Cracker Jacks.
My kids reach to take one book off the shelves and they all come down!
Even if other books come down with the one they’ve chosen, it’s a much smaller mess! And kids are more likely to help keep the area clean when it’s easy for them.
Any kid big enough to look at board books, is big enough to clean them up (with help, of course).
Don’t expect a little one to stack board books neatly. Give them a basket or box to drop them into, instead.
I adore this DIY project from This Little Street!
Wall storage is especially popular in smaller areas and homes. Hang up shelves, bins, gutters, baskets or whatever you have on hand.
Make sure you put it at a good level for kids to reach!
Hang Them Up
Got one of these hangers? Put them to work holding your board games!
As a bonus, you can hang games by age level. Put the Chutes and Ladders style games on the bottom so the little ones can reach.
Small pieces tend to fall out of game boxes easily. That’s why I transfer them to a tub like this asap.
I’ve also used ziploc bags to hold games that fit.
Index Card Holders
I’m a fan of dollar store solutions! Card games never seem to stay in the cardboard box they come with.
Grab some plastic index card holders (like these) to use instead. Kids are more likely to put these away correctly, since it’s easy for their little fingers to manage.
More Card Storage
This container is made for storing photos, but the size makes it perfect for card games. It’s easy grab and go for trips.
Don’t Toss It Yet
If your family enjoys a game that is missing pieces, don’t give up yet. You can search Ebay for missing game pieces.
(Just don’t pay more for one piece than you’d pay for a whole new game.)
You can use apps on your tablet or phone for spinners or dice.
Check out Clark Condensed to learn how to make a drawstring bag for your Legos!
You and the kids will both love the ease of cleanup!
Drop accessories in the bottom row. Your daughter will love choosing her Barbies at a glance.
Girls in particular seem to collect hundreds of teeny tiny toys. Keep them organized with ice cube trays! Spray paint them fun colors, then secure them on the wall with a couple of screws.
Displaying her prized toys will become part of her playtime!
Sometimes we toss our toy cars into the back of a dump truck to make cleanup simple.
That will fit even the longest Nerf guns!
Days of the Week
Set everything out on Sunday to prepare for a great week!
Lost shoes are my nemesis! Make them easier to find with a shoe rack.
Laundry baskets are a handy way to keep things in order. Try these instructions from Ana White to make a laundry basket dresser similar to this one.
Do your kids constantly mix up clean clothes with their dirty ones? Make it more fun to put those dirty clothes into a hamper by trying one of these fun ideas!
A great idea that more and more families are adopting is called the family closet.
This will involve some rearranging.
You might have a room in mind that would work perfectly, or you might have to rearrange your kids’ rooms to make it work.
You’ll put everyone’s clothes in the same room. Use several dressers or places to hang clothing.
Place a screen in the corner of the room for kids to dress behind.
With all of the clothing in one location, it’s that much less mess in the bedrooms.
Lost homework and forgotten assignments are trouble for many students. Give them a place to keep those things so you know where to look first.
Catch It All
A chalkboard is a great place to keep track of assignments and their due date. You can color code by student when you grab a box of colored chalk.
You can paint a chalkboard in a convenient space to your homework or homeschool station. Or grab a premade chalkboard.
I found another blogger who loves dollar store solutions as much as I do!
Learn how to make this DIY Dollar Store Portable Homework Caddy from Simple Made Pretty.
Escape those overdue fines when you keep your library books and supplies together. Choose a basket or bag and keep it in a specific location.
Whenever a book has been read, it should always go in this bag so it can be returned on time.
Use small rugs to designate work space for homeschool or homework. (This one is super fuzzy, so they’ll love sitting there!)
They take up less space than chairs and give kids a specific place to focus.
(Besides, most kids fidget in chairs anyway.)
These kids room organization ideas will make finding things a snap!
Because who has time to look for everything on your way out the door?