Last month we worked with bay area organizer Shira Gill on a playroom makeover with IKEA. It turned out amazing, and makes me so happy! I swear there’s something about decluttering that’s the best kind of therapy. Shira had so many brilliant tips while we were sitting together sorting and organizing through things, I thought I’d put together 5 of them for you guys today…
1. Edit First. Don’t shop for organizing products before doing a thoughtful edit. That way you only buy what you actually need for storage.
2. Involve your kids. Involve your little ones in the editing process so they can feel in control of their belongings. Let them choose what they love and select some items that they no longer play with. It’s especially useful to declutter before birthdays and holidays so you can eliminate toys, games, and puzzles that aren’t played with, and create space for new gifts.
3. Broad Categories. Store toys in broad categories in open bins or baskets to make clean-up a breeze. Our categories were dolls, trains, cars, puzzles, legos, etc.
4. A Uniformed Look. Choose a uniform storage to create a streamlined look. Playrooms can be overstimulating for little minds. Try using bins and baskets in similar styles and colors for a look that is easy on the eyes.
5. Clear Limits. Set clear limits to maintain a streamlined playroom. Keep only 2-3 broad categories of toys out at a time (i.e vehicles, Legos, Magna Tiles, babies, etc.) You can rotate toys as interests evolve and change. Practice the one-in, one-out rule to ensure that your space stays organized and clutter-free: when knew a new toy comes, time to donate one!