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Declutter and Organise Play Area for Kids

Are you tired of stepping on Legos or navigating through a sea of toys just to find a clear spot on the floor? Creating a functional play area for kids is essential for maintaining sanity in any home. In this article, we will explore effective strategies to declutter and organise play area for kids, ensuring a space that fosters creativity and fun.

Positioning Children’s Play Spaces for Maximum Fun and Organisation

Play Area for Kids - Little Home Organised

When it comes to children’s play spaces, location is key. Consider positioning the play area for kids near the heart of your home, such as in an open-plan kitchen or living area. Kids naturally gravitate towards areas where they feel connected to their parents, so having the playroom nearby ensures it gets maximum use.

As you start the decluttering process, involve your children in deciding which toys to keep and which to donate. This not only teaches them the value of giving back but also helps reduce toy overload.

Practical Home Organisation Solutions for Play Area for Kids

Play Area for Kids - Little Home Organised

Now, let’s dive into some expert tips for decluttering and organising the play area for kids, ensuring both functionality and fun in your home.

  1. Categorise and Cull

Take a proactive approach to decluttering by categorising toys and conducting regular purges. Start by sorting toys into categories like building blocks, stuffed animals, and pretend play. Encourage your children to participate in the process, teaching them the value of tidying up and making space for new experiences. Also, be mindful of age-appropriate toys and consider donating or passing on items that are no longer used.

 

  1. Use Storage Solutions

Invest in storage solutions that are both functional and visually appealing. Clear bins and open shelves allow kids to see and access their toys easily, promoting independent play and cleanup. Use labels and pictures to help young children identify where toys belong, making tidying up a breeze. Remember, the goal is to create a system that is teachable, reachable, and repeatable for little hands.

 

  1. Multi-Age Friendly Toys

If you have children of varying ages, focus on toys that can be enjoyed by all. While it’s tempting to hold onto baby toys for future siblings, prioritise items that foster cooperative play and creativity across age groups. By curating a collection of toys that appeal to a wide range of interests and developmental stages, you can reduce clutter and encourage sibling bonding.

 

  1. Embrace Playroom Design

Transform your play area into an inspiring space that sparks joy and imagination. Consider adding cosy reading nooks, colourful rugs, and themed decor to create a welcoming atmosphere. Involve your children in the design process, allowing them to personalise their play space with their favourite colours and characters. Remember, a well-designed playroom is more than just organised—it’s a place where dreams take flight.

 

  1. Incorporate Cleanup Games in Play Area for Kids

Make tidying up a playful activity by introducing cleanup games that engage and motivate children. From race-against-the-clock challenges to colour-coded sorting games, infuse fun into the cleanup routine. Encourage teamwork and praise effort, turning mundane tasks into memorable moments of family bonding.

 

  1. Protect Your Space

Minimise messes and protect your home by setting boundaries for messy activities. Keep art supplies and messy play materials out of reach or designate a specific area for creative endeavours. Invest in durable playroom mats to safeguard floors from wear and tear, ensuring your space stays pristine for years to come.

 

  1. Hire Professional Home Organisers

For busy parents overwhelmed by the task of home organisation, consider enlisting the help of professional home organisers. Home organising services can provide tailored solutions to declutter and streamline your play area for kids, saving you time and stress. Whether you need assistance with storage solutions or a complete playroom makeover, expert home organisers can help bring your vision to life.

Read on or tune in to the Radio Podcast featuring Bonnie Black for additional strategies to declutter and organise your kid’s play area.

Transcript

Susie:

Faith, Family & Culture with Luke and Susie. Look, different families handle this aspect of life differently.

Luke:

Yeah.

Susie:

When you have children, bit by bit, you acquire toys. You have a baby, you get toys. You have a birthday party, you get toys. There’re constantly all of these toys. More toys keep coming into their… Toys appear out of nowhere, and they are in your house.

Luke:

I think toys hang out together. The next thing you know, there’s baby toys. I don’t know how it happens, Sue. I’ve had the birds and the bees talk, but this is a whole new level, right?

Susie:

However it goes, there needs to be a way to make sure there is a good space for the kids to play with, whether it’s an area or a room. But how do you actually organise that? To help us with that? Little Miss Organised. Bonnie’s joining us. How are you?

Bonnie Black:

Good. How are you guys?

Susie:

Yeah, good.

Luke:

Excellent.

Susie:

Toys.

Bonnie Black:

They breed overnight. You just shut the cupboard and you wake up and there’s more. I just don’t know how it does.

Susie:

It’s amazing. It really is.

Luke:

I’d understand if it was mommy toy and daddy toy and the baby toy look just like the mommy toy and the daddy toy, but it’s a whole different species. It’s usually on the floor and sharp. It hurts when you accidentally stand on it.

Bonnie Black:

Oh, yes. Middle of the night Lego moment. We love it, don’t we?

Luke:

Or you get up in the middle of the night with a cricket back because you think there’s someone who’s an invader in your house, and it turns out just to be a short circuiting one of those electrical toys.

Bonnie Black:

I tell you what, I have had that so many times, and it freaks you out, doesn’t it?

Susie:

Yeah, it absolutely does. How do we go about creating this toy TV/play space for our children without it becoming the whole house?

Bonnie Black:

Yeah, look, it’s really important to actually have a specific zone for where your toys are going to go. And this is often the best place to be is near the heart of the home. So, if you’re in the kitchen and you’ve got an open plan kitchen living area, the playroom being there is actually the best place for your kids because they want to be near you. So, if you’ve got a playroom that’s closed off, it’s down the other end of the house, your kids are not going to use it as much. However you set it up, it might be beautiful. They want to be near you.

So set your play room up near the home, the heart of the home, and actually bring all the toys in there and have them categorised, go through them and do a cull. The other important thing to remember is if you’ve got kids of varying ages, quite often we start off with the baby toys, and then obviously we grow to older toys, but we still keep those baby toys when we’ve got the next kids coming through. But what we tend to find is that younger kids want to play with their siblings who are older. Those baby toys don’t really get used as much. So, people can really cut down on those individual toys quite easily and just keep the toys that are friendly for everyone to play with.

Susie:

Okay. Keeping age-specific because that’s the thing, isn’t it? We forget what’s there. If it’s not organised, we forget what toys are even in there and suddenly you go back and you find a blanky and a….

Luke:

We talked recently about the pantry suits. This, to me, is the toy section is like the pantry. You go through and organise it, you go, Yeah, great. Everything’s categorised. Then the next three days later, there is just the stuff that you realise is just useless and it’s not there. Where did it come from? I don’t know. It just all of a sudden, it’s very difficult. Kids, you cleaned the house pretty thoroughly the other day, and we’ve got a very designated area, and you put everything in its place. Then last night, we stood in the kitchen area, which is you could see the kids’ toy area. I swear one of took a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, stuck it in the middle, made it explode, and that was what we saw. I swear. swear.

Susie:

It feels like it. It feels like it. Bonnie, keeping it organised, how involved are your children in keeping their own play area clean?

Bonnie Black:

Look, I’ve got a son who’s nearly two, and my daughter is seven months, so she’s not very involved at all. But my two-year-old, he’s actually really good, and he’s been good since about 12 months on So I, from a very early age, okay, it’s pack up-time. Mommy’s going to help you pack up. Let’s pack away. Can you put this in the box for me when he was old enough to walk, crawl, or whatever?

And kids just naturally are interested and curious in what you’re doing. So, they’re going to learn the best from watching and copying mum and dad. So, I have just modelled that for him over and over again. And those days where he throws a bit of a tantrum and doesn’t want to pack up, I just encourage him to do it. And if I get down there and I have to pack up 90% of them, and he only does 10%, that’s okay for that day because there are other times where he will pack up everything on his own.

Luke:

When your mum is called a little misorganised, what hope do you have, Sue?

Susie:

I know. I tell you; he reminds me we come home and he shoots, can we put the shoes away now?

Bonnie Black:

That’s fantastic.

Luke:

Just getting some messages through before we let you go, that when referencing about the play room being down at the other end of the house and they want to be near you, so the message is saying, they know the kids want to be near us. That’s why it’s no accident that the playroom is down the other end of the house. I’m just passing on the message.

Susie:

Bonnie from Little Miss Organised. We thank you so much for helping us get our houses in order. Really appreciate your time.

Bonnie Black:

Not a problem. Chat next time.

Conclusion

Creating a functional and organised play area for kids is achievable with the right approach. By positioning children play spaces near the heart of your home, implementing practical home organisation solutions, and considering the benefits of home organising services, you can create a space that fosters creativity and minimises toy overload.

Take the first step towards a clutter-free home today! And don’t forget to check out our wardrobe organisation tips to extend the clutter-free mindset to every corner of your home.

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