Organize your home for kids | Ways to keep your home clean | Simple Ways to Organize your home.
Kids are messy.
If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past several years going back and forth about
- how to handle your kids messes,
- trying everything from enforcing strict cleaning policies
- letting them clean up when they’re done playing with something to refusing to pick up toys at all.
Now I think I’ve found the solution – organizing my house so that it’s not just organized enough for me but also organized enough for my kids!
Here are 10 ridiculously simple ways to organize your home so that it suits both adults and children alike.
Child Proofing Your House
With two young children in our home, it’s almost impossible to keep my sanity when I’m trying to get things done.
The majority of my time is spent cleaning up after them and picking up their toys.
I have learned through experience that it’s much easier and less frustrating if you just start out with a few basic baby-proofing tips.
Set up an organized and easy-to-use freezer, so you can quickly find what you need.
Always label food and don’t store similar items together. Stock up on quart-sized plastic bags, freezer Ziplocs, and glass storage containers.
Group foods together by type—meat, fruits, vegetables—so it’s easy to grab a quick meal when you have no time or little energy.
Toilet Paper – Put a roll of toilet paper inside a pretty basket and place it in your bathroom. You’ll always have TP when you need it, and no more mess on your floor!
Bathroom Organization: Makeup Brushes – If you’re tired of seeing makeup brushes all over your vanity, create an acrylic brush holder that attaches to your mirror. This way, you won’t have any spills either!
Find a simple DIY here: How To Make An Acrylic Brush Holder.
Toy and Books Storage
Toys and books don’t have to be scattered around your home—you can corral them in a few creative ways.
Find some cool, inexpensive baskets at any flea market or store. Put all of your son’s cars in one basket, and all of his trains in another.
Cleaning in Outlets
Cord clutter is a big issue in any room of your home where you have electronic devices (and we’re not just talking about those pesky charger cables).
To cut down on cord clutter, take a look at your circuit breaker and see if there are any lights or outlets that aren’t being used.
If so, remove and throw away all loose cords from those lights and outlet.
Laundry Room Organization
It can be hard to keep a kids’ laundry room organized, and there are even some things that you should not put in a kids’ laundry room.
It’s important that you have easy access to supplies, but it is also important that those supplies are always ready to use.
If you don’t have space available in your laundry room, then use an extra closet or utility room as your dedicated space.
Hanging Closet Organization
Hanging closet organizers are a great way to save space and keep clothes organized. You can buy them at almost any big-box store or get creative with repurposed items, like shoe holders or tie racks.
Mud Room Ideas
Create a permanent or temporary spot where kids can deposit their shoes and outdoor gear so they don’t track dirt into your home.
If you live in an apartment, skip a closet and instead clear a space in front of your door that provides easy access when it’s time to come inside.
Designate a storage box (or plastic bins on wheels) as your mud room so children know exactly where their things should go before coming inside.
When you’re in a hurry, it can be frustrating to pull out drawers that stick or don’t want to open completely.
Pots and pans end up all over your kitchen floor, and cutlery falls out onto the countertop.
A few smart hacks can fix that!
1. Every home should have both rubber drawer liners and organizer inserts. At some point, everyone has purchased one of those expensive silverware organizers at Target only to have it filled with knives that never match up again (you know what I mean).
For really old kitchens or tight spots under sinks, drawer organizers are great—in fact, I’ve found them indispensable for my bathroom vanity drawers (like here) as well as my laundry room.
Make your own toy chest/storage container
Those large cardboard boxes that toys come in are great for storing them, but it’s often hard to fit them in your home. Instead, make your own toy chest with a bit of creativity and some arts and crafts supplies.
Whether you use an old dresser or other furniture, it’s easy to turn a simple box into a fun and functional place to store toys.
Making your home more kid-friendly can be a lot of fun—and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Take some time today and tomorrow (if possible) to organize your home, and you’ll find that both you and your kids will enjoy it much more!
How can parents effectively balance the need for organization and tidiness with encouraging children to develop independence and responsibility for their belongings?
Achieving a balance between organization and fostering independence in children involves setting clear expectations and establishing routines. Parents can involve children in the organization process by assigning them age-appropriate tasks and teaching them how to tidy up after themselves. Encouraging children to take ownership of their belongings and providing positive reinforcement for their efforts can help instill a sense of responsibility from an early age.
Are there any specific strategies or tips for organizing shared spaces in the home, such as playrooms or family areas, to accommodate different age groups and interests?
Organizing shared spaces in the home requires consideration of the diverse needs and interests of family members. Parents can create designated zones within these areas for different activities, such as reading corners, play areas, and study spaces, to accommodate various age groups and interests. Implementing storage solutions like labeled bins or cubbies can help keep belongings organized while making it easier for children to find what they need.
What are some practical solutions for organizing and storing toys, crafts, and other belongings in a way that promotes easy access for children while maintaining a clutter-free environment in the home?
Practical solutions for organizing toys, crafts, and other belongings involve incorporating storage solutions that are accessible and easy for children to use. Utilizing bins, baskets, and shelves with clear labels or picture labels can help children identify where items belong and encourage them to clean up after themselves. Additionally, rotating toys and materials periodically can help prevent clutter and maintain children’s interest in their belongings.