If you nag your kids to tidy up only to end up doing it yourself, these organisation hacks for kids’ rooms should help make cleaning a breeze…

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In a small room, a kid’s playful mess can become overwhelming. While it’s often a sign of a good play session, at the end of the day it needs to be tidied up and mom shouldn’t be doing it alone.

Even young children can help tidy up and the easier you make it for them to put away their toys, the better.

Here are a few ideas to help organise the rooms of preschool to primary school aged children and help them learn to keep it clean…

1. Storage bins for toy rotation

If you feel overwhelmed by the number of toys in your child’s room, imagine how they feel.

It’s no wonder why they throw all their toys out and struggle to put them back. The irony is that kids don’t actually need lots of toys to play and some child development experts even argue that having too many toys stifles a child’s creativity and may even reduce play.

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So here’s an idea – buy a few large storage bins and pack a collection of toys into each one. Make that the toy collection for the week and pack all the rest into your garage or a cupboard. At the end of the week, pack the toys back, taking out broken toys for repair or recycling, and take out the next bin.

When playing with your child, take note of the toys they gravitate towards and what’s ignored. If your child isn’t playing with certain toys, set them aside for donation.

2. Open storage systems

Opening and closing lids can be tricky for little fingers. While you want to challenge your kids, cleaning up is one of the tasks you want to make intentionally easy.

Soft sacks, bins and open storage cubes are great because kids can chuck their toys in quickly. They also help reduce visual clutter because once those storage systems are pushed into a bookcase or stacked along a wall, your kids’ room looks neat.

3. Hanging storage

In a small room, reducing visual clutter helps make a space feel bigger.

One way to do that is to buy a few hanging shoe storage systems – the ones with pockets – to hang on the inside of your kid’s cupboard doors. Now you have a place to store art and craft supplies, dolls, toy cars and shoes.

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If you want your kids to be able to access this storage easily, hang it low enough for them to reach. If you want to use it as part of your toy rotation system, or reduce little kids access to craft scissors and crayons that just beg to be used on the wall, hang the systems higher up.

Monique Warner – All4Women

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