What a Professional Organizer Uses to Keep Her Kids Bedrooms Under Control


When it comes to kids room organization, kids bedrooms are a difficult nut to crack. Especially when it comes to toy organizers. You want to keep the mayhem to a minimum, yes, but you also dont want it to seem like they sleep in some sort of personality-less bubble.

Pick one battle, and try to win that battle, says Amy Tokos, a NAPO-accredited certified personal prganizer and owner of the company Freshly Organized. For almost 11 years now, the Omaha, Nebraska, local has been helping people clean up and stay that way. But Tokos, a mother of four, has a special place in her heart for families. When asked about the best products to organize a kids bedroom, she was a fountain of information. Her advice, paired with some of our favorite organizational systems, is just what you need to start the school year and the fall off right: neat, orderly, and with everything in its place.

Kids Room Organization

You know that crippling, overwhelmed feeling you get when walking into your son or daughters thrashed bedroom? They feel the same only amplified. [Kids] dont notice it when theyre pulling stuff out, but trying to get it all back in is very hard on children, Tokos says. The solution? Store excess books and clothing. Kids wont notice whats not there and, with the less in the room, theres less to throw around.

Keep all their toys contained in these clear, stackable drawers.

The same goes for toys, Tokos says. You minimize them, its easier for them to pick up and clean up. This is to say, find a selection of toys that stays in the room and put the rest of them in a series of bins that youll move in and out

These come in a bunch of fun colors, which are also useful for organizing by child.

Tokos, like many personal organizers, is a fan of simplicity, but she doubles down when it comes to organizing for families. She gives an example of a game closest. To access the game, your child must open the closet, remove the game, take the game somewhere, play the game, clean up the game, take the game back to the closet, open the closet, put the game in the closet, and close the door. That whole process is a lot of steps, she says, so kids arent likely to complete that process. Instead, she recommends using an open shelf, uncluttered, with a few games two or three near the play area.

This open shelving system lets kids organize their stuff, and still have easy access to it.

Our Pick: Seville Classics 2-Tier Rack, which easily accommodates a few games while allowing ease of access with its open shelves.

Older kids reach a point when theyre spending more time in the bathroom than they used to, which can affect usage by multiple children. Tokos recommends moving everything out that doesnt require water. Blow dryers, curling irons, makeup, and a mirror should all be moved into the bedroom to alleviate traffic. It frees up the bathroom for other people to use, she says.

This desk is spacious, looks good, and wipes clean.

Its easy to get sucked into the trap of continually buying new toys if theyre educational. While Tokos cautions against even this caveat, she proposes a compromise: Get one or two big plastic bins and divide toys into two or three groups. Keep one group out, with one or two stored away. Every week or month, rotate a new group in as the current group cycles out.

You can see what's inside these underbed storage containers.

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