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Organizing Small Children's Rooms

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Your child's bedroom is primarily a place for them to relax, get dressed and sleep. Depending on the layout of your home, it may also be a place to play, do homework and create art projects. If your child's bedroom is small, you may have to get a little creative to be able to accommodate all of your child's needs and activities for his or her room. Organizing small children's bedrooms can be challenging when space is limited, but with some imagination and appropriate furniture pieces, you can create a functional, yet comfortable bedroom.

Consider the furniture pieces, such as bed, dresser, bookcase, and toy storage that are already in use in your child's bedroom. Are they the right size for the room? Do they provide adequate storage for the items they are storing? If the bookcase if overflowing, for example, identify any books that can be passed on to someone else to decrease the number of books you're trying to store. If this gets the books down to a quantity that fits on the shelves comfortably, then plan on keeping that bookcase. If the quantity of books is still greater than there is available room on the bookcase, consider exchanging the existing bookcase for a larger one. Do this same thing for toys and clothes. Try to leave some extra room in both the dresser and toy storage boxes so that there is room to bring additional items into the room occasionally. Don't be afraid to swap out pieces of furniture from one part of the house to another. Think about the different pieces you have in your home and see if anything will work better in your child's bedroom than in its current location.

When a room is small, the closet is often also small. Consider installing a space-saving closet organization system that will maximize the use of every square inch. Look for a closet system that has not only shelves and drawers, but also options for hooks and hanging bins on the end of the shelf for belts, shoes, socks or winter accessories. Make sure to measure accurately and consider the measurements of the closet opening and how easily it will be to reach the shelves of the closet system once it's installed. Especially in a child's bedroom, if a closet storage unit provides sufficient storage for clothes, a dresser may be eliminated entirely, freeing up valuable floor space.

Look to other areas of the bedroom that can be used to store belongings, either for the longer-term, such as plastic bins under the bed, or hooks on the wall for daily use items such as coats and backpacks. Identify any items that can be relocated to other parts of the home, such as family games or puzzles, winter boots and extra blankets, so the small bedroom isn't full of more belongings than it needs to be.

Consider the paint colors and window treatments of the room. Choose colors that help the room feel open and airy. Window treatments should not be heavy in appearance or touch and should let the natural light in.

If your child frequently plays in his or her bedroom, make sure there is at least one open floor area that can be used for playing. Mini-forts, building blocks, train tracks, car jumps, doll hospitals and veterinary clinics need some space to be created and enjoyed.

Small storage containers that are clear and have handles work great for kids' toys. Keep them at a level where the child can access the toys for playtime and then can replace the toys and return the storage container to its designated spot when playing is over.


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