Most of us with children have walked into our child’s bedroom at some point and have had the overwhelming desire to grab a giant garbage bag and get rid of at least 90% of everything in the room. Over the years I have gone through the stages of big toys (but not as many) when they were younger, to tiny toys when they are older, and now keepsakes and art supplies that are just as bad, if not worse, at getting everywhere. I have slowly developed a number of habits and used many ideas. I decided to put them all together for you in this Frugal Organization Ideas for Kids Bedroom article.
4 Great Tips
Tip #1 Be Straight Forward with Your Kids
Don’t be sneaky. If you go in while they are sleeping and remove a number of their toys they will probably find out eventually and either (1) be angry, or (2) become hoarders with their other possessions because they are worried they will disappear as well.
I am guilty of taking kids toys when they were not there – only the ones I knew they never played with – because I knew it would be easier than a big discussion. I did this every once in a while and they slowly learned about it. They started to ask if I took anything if I was in their room. I had items in storage, so I figured to make things right I should bring them out again. I made promises to always talk with them before removing anything and we began sitting down together talking about living comfortably without clutter and in a clean environment. Today, they are a very good judge about whether they use something or if it should be let go.
Nothing is learned through the sneaky method except for distrust. Use this as a great opportunity to teach good habits.
Tip #2 Motivate By Remodeling
This does NOT have to be expensive. It can be as simple as moving furniture around! Add different items as your budget fits. A coat of paint in a favorite color can change the feel of a room completely. My daughter looked on Pinterest until she found a style she really liked, and then she saved her money until she was able to buy an area rug, curtains, and a lamp. We found an adorable desk at a thrift store for $5! Her room looks completely different.
On top of that, in an effort to get her room to look more like the picture she got rid of a lot of her more babyish toys that she wasn’t playing with – without my even asking her.
My boys didn’t care about paint or saving their money for anything but more legos or airsoft toys, but they were motivated by rearranging their furniture.
Tip #3 Everything Has a Place
My rule is that if something does not have a place, it goes. They can get help from me if they need to. Younger children will have to follow your guidance and example. If they need storage, then get them storage or get rid of the item. We’ll talk more about storage below.
Tip#4 Less is More
A child who has a few important, creativity building and drawing tools and toys is much better off than a child who is overwhelmed with clutter (and mainly plays video games).
One of my children takes his toys to another room to play. Why doesn’t he want to set up his lego army in his room? Well the answer is obvious, it’s too cluttered and chaotic! They don’t like to stay in that room, because it doesn’t give them peace. We’ve used all kinds of organizing tools, but a point comes when you have to just get rid of things.
Frugal Organization Ideas for Kids Bedroom
Here are a number of fabulous people who have some great ideas. Check out their articles. Tell them I sent you over.
Coat Closet Organization Hacks from Thrifty Decor Chick
Top 28 Clever Ways to Organize Kids Stuffed Toys from Woo Home
50 Brilliant Storage Ideas from Listotic
Organize Your Kid’s Stuff with One Trip to the Dollar Store from Mad in Crafts
I hope those ideas will get you going. Be encouraged and have fun!
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