There are only so many times you can step on a LEGO before you realize that your playroom’s organization system needs to be revamped — badly. Playrooms, despite their nature, do not have to be full of chaos. Some simple organization steps can help you stay clean!
The Sorting Game
Organization doesn’t have to be boring, and, most importantly, it doesn’t have to fall on the parents’ shoulders. There are plenty of ways your child can pitch in and help clean up. First, sort all of the toys in the playroom by putting like with like. We recommend categories such as:
- Board games
- Craft supplies
- Make-believe centers
At this point, your kids will be excited about some of their forgotten toys, as well as be able to recognize that they don’t need all of the toys they have. This is a great time to go through all of your piles and decide what should be kept, what should be thrown away, and what can be donated.
Organizing the Room
With all of the toys organized into piles, you can now work on creating an organization system that works for the room. Try to divide the room into sections. Ideally, you want as many sections as toy categories. Each one of these zones should have some sort of shelving unit that you can store the corresponding toys. Then you can place the corresponding toys in the appropriate zone! Now, finding the toys you need to go on a LEGO-building adventure will be easily located.
Even the best organization system can’t stay clean on its own. The playroom needs to be cleaned at the end of each play session. To help your child get in the habit of cleaning up, set a timer for five minutes and encourage them to put their toys away as fast — and neatly — as they can. You can make it into a game by motivating them to beat the previous day’s score!
At Lake Forrest Prep, an Orlando private school, we want to help you stay organized! For more tips on staying organized and encouraging your child to help out around the house, check out our blog!