It’s never easy keeping the house tidy when you’ve got small children. It’s hard enough keeping the majority of the house clear of toys and randomly dropped bits and pieces, but when it comes to their bedrooms, it can sometimes be a challenge too far for even the most organized of moms and dads.
Many modern homes seem to be little more than boxes, with much smaller rooms than in older houses, so you need to be much more clever when buying children’s furniture, to make sure you get things that can help you make the most of what little space you have. Here, then are five great ideas that might give you half a chance of keeping your child’s bedroom tidy and free of clutter.
1. Under the bed
This is nearly always one of the least used bits of space in the house, but is one of the best for keeping things out of the way. You can even get brightly colored plastic storage boxes specially designed to fit under a bed, making sure that things aren’t just kept safe and sound, but neat and tidy as well.
2. In the bed
I don’t mean tucked under the sheets with the little ones, but a divan bed with drawer space under the mattress is great for keeping regularly used toys easily accessible, and just as handy for quickly putting them away again afterwards.
3. High shelving
Not a place to keep their favorite toys, of course, otherwise you might get cries of despair at all times of the day when they want them and can’t get to them. But for things they don’t want or need every day, keeping them out of sight may mean keeping them out of mind as well, and less likely to be dragged out and dropped on the floor just because they’re there.
4. In the closet
Making the most of any closet space can be an art in itself, but you need to be extra clever when planning those in your kids’ bedrooms! I used lots of shelves, colored boxes and baskets to make sure there were no big spaces where things could get piled up and cluttered. Fabric drawers you can hang from the clothes rail are another great idea and can also add some bright and attractive color to the mix.
5. Bunk beds
We’ve already looked at how you can make the most of the space in and under a normal bed, but there’s a bigger step you can take in this area. It’s not for very young ones, of course, but bunk beds are not only more fun for an active and adventurous child, but have the added advantage of creating extra space underneath, which you can use to put extra shelves, cupboards or even a desk.
Post by guest author Sarah Hickson.