Do you feel like your kids play room is a place of utter chaos? You immediately feel stressed when you walk in the room? You basically want to throw every. single. toy. straight into the garbage? Well, that was totally me. I will be the first to admit I am not the queen of organization. It’s not my strong suit and I often just simply don’t have the time to devote to it. So in my case, I called in the professionals! I was SO lucky to work with Renee from Thrive Life Organizing. However, even if you can’t work with a professional, read on for some awesome play room organization tips (before and after shots at the end!)
The very first thing we did was go through EVERYTHING in the play room. Just channel your inner Marie Kondo, decide what brings you joy and what doesn’t. If it doesn’t, donate or trash! Renee sat with me for HOURS going through all of the kids toys, stuffed animals, random trash, remnants from chick-fil-a happy meals…you get the idea. Once we had completed this step I felt so much better knowing exactly what we had and pairing down our toys to what we actually needed. [Side Note: how in the WORLD do kids accumulate so. many. random little pieces of CRAP?!]
We have had this storage bin system from IKEA for quite a while, however we used to just stuff anything and everything in the bins to get it off the floor. It looked clean, but the kids had no idea where their stuff was so they hardly played with any of it! Renee helped me designate a bin for everything and thanks to Scripts By Sarah Ashley, I now have a pretty label for everything! We even did some coordinating picture labels since the girls can’t read yet. This has been such a GAME CHANGER for clean up. The girls know exactly where their stuff is and exactly where to put it away.
My girls are absolutely OBSESSED with dress up clothes! I did not get rid of much of these (unless they were damaged) because they literally play with them every day. But this little hook system was such a fun way to display them and for the girls to be able to easily clean them up. I just selected some coat hooks from Hobby Lobby, screwed them onto a 1×6 piece of wood, and the hubby screwed that onto the wall into studs. We then hung the more decorative coat hooks on the side for all of their jewelry, and added these fun spice racks from IKEA to house their dress up shoes [these guys are only $5! You can find them here].
Another area we spent a ton of time on was this closet. I have wanted to use this closet to it’s full potential for storage reasons but I have never devoted the time to it. It now houses all of the girls books [in rainbow order thanks to Renee ;)], movies, games, crafts, play doh, easy bake oven and accessories, coloring books and colors, and more! Check out these adorable labels from Scripts By Sarah Ashley! It’s safe to say I’ve become label-obsessed. We used to keep all of our craft items stuffed in a cabinet above our oven in the kitchen (because that makes sense ??) and it was literally just STUFFED up there. I can seriously breathe easier with all of it organized in these cute bins from Costco and now I have serving plates in that cabinet (THAT makes much more sense).
One more tip, who knew a hanging shoe rack would be the perfect place to store Barbies!?
I cannot recommend Renee with Thrive Life Organizing enough. If you are local to Austin or the surrounding areas you should definitely check her out. There is no project too big or small and she gives amazing advice. And if you need labels for ANYTHING, Sarah is your girl! She was so helpful helping me select fonts and label types and even pointed out these adorable clip on labels for the fabric bins!
I hope this has been helpful and maybe even motivated you to spend some time organizing your own kids space (if it’s anything like mine was). It has been a few weeks since we completed the project and we have successfully kept it (mostly) organized. I think I’ll call that a win. 😉 Scroll down for some before and after shots!