Recently a client made a request of me to find a way to help her with setting up a system to keep her young childrens toys and stuff nearby and organized. She didn’t want everything in their bedroom since they (ages 5 and 7) are mostly in the other rooms of the house. Plus she works from home and wants to keep an eye on them in whatever room all three are in. YET keep the rooms clutter free. I love challenges like this. I liken it to putting all the pieces together in a puzzle.
I came up with an idea that she liked:
Designate and create a small kid’s area in almost every room. With the exception of perhaps the dining room and your bedroom, have a space for your children’s things in each room of the house. One way to do this is to place the children’s toy boxes or baskets in a corner of the room nearest to the entry of the room. That way when you look into the living room, for example, it looks clean because most of the children’s toys and games are tucked away in the corner. It doesn’t mean children don’t use the whole room, it’s just when they’re done playing or drawing or coloring, their things go back into their area.
This really works for Mom. This particular client works from home while taking care of the two young ones. It also helps her at the end of the day. She can just pick up the things still lying around and place them in the container. It’s easy access for everyone involved and we found cute, inexpensive storage cubes that matched each room’s color scheme (at Big Lots).