There are few things more destructive than walking into your child’s playroom and seeing toys EVERYWHERE.
What if you could organize all of their items in seconds?
Organizing expert Jan Spencer-Kelly, of ouJANise Life Coachingshared her top tips to help keep things neat and tidy in all areas of the home, including the playroom.
“My biggest tip and method is to keep it as simple as possible,
especially if you want the kids to tidy up after them after a play session,” she explained.
“Having picture labels on storage boxes helps small children
learn where to put things, so having a picture of a car or a doll, for example, will help children know where to put things.
“The simpler the system, the easier it will be to clean up.”
When it comes to smaller toys or toys with lots of parts – like Lego or board games – Jan is a big fan of plastic zip lock bags.
“Cut out the picture from the box and put the instructions in it,” she said.
“If you need more than one bag, label them 1 of 2, etc.”
For general Lego pieces, i.e. those that are not in sets, sorting it by color is a good way to keep it organized.
“If sorting by color or size isn’t your thing, storing things in clear boxes makes the contents easier to see,” she added.
“Clear stackable storage boxes with lids are great for this because you can immediately see what’s inside.”
For stuffed animals, Jan advises to “think outside the box” perhaps using a large beanbag cover to store them in – that also works as a seat then.
Or otherwise use a “dead” space higher on the wall.
If you do this, remember to regularly take the toys down and shake them outside or wash them, as soft toys are huge dust collectors.
“Sprinkling them with baking soda will keep them fresher,” Jan added.
And having a system in place will not only help make parents happier, but kids too.
“Encouraging children to put their toys away and do other age-appropriate chores will also help them learn and develop life skills,” she explained.
Things should be as simple as possible to make organizational systems easy to follow.”
Jan Spencer Kelly
“Clutter and lack of organization have serious mental health implications, in a world with so much going on, our homes should be a stress-free, warm, safe and relaxing environment where families can spend quality time together.”
By implementing Jan’s simple organization system, she promises you’ll be “organized for life.”
But that doesn’t mean it’s just a one-time sorting and then you can forget about it.
“In order to stay organized for life, they must regularly review and maintain their organizational systems,” she said.
“Once good systems are in place that are simple and easy to follow, they quickly become habits.
“A certain degree of discipline is needed to keep things organized and that’s why I continually insist that things should be kept as simple as possible to make organizational systems easy to stick to.
“If everything has a place, tidying things up, tidying up after cooking or playing with toys, putting away laundry when done and staying on top of things should take a very small amount of time a day and involve the whole family and be responsible for it. . keeping their own possessions under control will make the whole process so easy!”
In conclusion, Jan emphasized, “Don’t let systems slip, don’t let excessive clutter come back, and if a system isn’t working, review and adjust.”