Have you ever walked into your playroom at the end of the day and found every inch of the ground covered with toys? None of them appear to have been played with rather they were dropped in random spots around the room. At this point you have two choices, attempt to put the playroom back with some sort of order or simply scoop everything up and dump it in a toy chest. Would you be surprised if I told you there was another option?
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A playroom that is bursting from the seams with color, toys, and playthings should be a good thing. You are giving your child options, right?
A beautiful toy chest or several big toy buckets make things easier, right? All you have to do is scoop everything up and put it away. Even a young toddler can manage that. You want a clean up to be quick and this seems like the best solution.
I imagine you may have attempted some sort of playroom organization in the past. Perhaps you have sorted toys into baskets. Perhaps you have bought a new toy chest or shelving. The toys still ended up scattered all over the floor and your kids were still running in circles rather than playing with anything.
If this sounds at all familiar then you should know that this is fixable.
Good playroom organization:
- Will involve fewer toys but better play
- Will make your child more engaged in play
- Will make it easy for your child to learn to clean up
- Will be easier to maintain
- Will make playing more fun
- Will mean less work for you
Maybe this all sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t.
Every day my twin four-year-olds head downstairs to play. They quickly find what they want to play with and sit down on the floor. Soon towers are being built, cars are being driven, or pretend meals are being planned. Sometimes they argue, but often not. When I tell them it is time to clean up they put the toys away on their own.
My children are not angels and I do not have a magic wand. What I do have is a very well organized playroom and clear expectations. My plan is to teach you how to do this in the next 9 posts of this series. By the end, you too will know the secrets of playroom organization and creation.
In the Playroom 101 series you will learn how to:
- Create a playroom space
- How to de-clutter your toys
- How to teach your child to clean up
- How to choose the best toys for your child’s developmental needs
- How to present toys in the playroom
- Questions and solutions for when your playroom isn’t working
- How to maintain your playroom organization
If you find this series helpful, you might like to check series we run last year – Less Toys. More Play. where we went into depth how to use fewer toys for more play.
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Erin Buhr has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and works as a freelance writer and early childhood educator. She currently lives in Mississippi with husband and twin four year olds. You can read more by Erin on her blog, Bambini Travel, where she writes about family travel, children’s books, and preschool activities.