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Does your kid’s stuff have you feeling stressed out? With these steps you can organize your child’s play area, prepare them for school, and put more ‘fun’ in playtime.


As many families are preparing their children for a return to fall schedules and back-to-school routines, it’s a great time to start thinking about decluttering the kid zones in the house. Organized toys and effective clean-up routines will help children feel prepared for school, have more fun during playtime, and ease the stress on parents.

1. Buy Less

One of the biggest reasons that children’s spaces can get cluttered is due to an excess of toys. Consider making a conscious effort to purchase less and encourage creative playing. New toys are always fun, but too many can result in children not valuing their toys and losing the natural ability to be imaginative with what they do have. Buying less teaches our children to be satisfied and creative with less, rather than always wanting more, better and newer things.

2. Purge Often

Purging and simplifying regularly will result in a less cluttered children’s space. Whenever new toys come in, it’s the perfect chance to send some less used things out. Include your children in this process by getting them excited about donating toys to children who need them. This is a wonderful way to teach your children to be generous and selfless givers, while also decluttering their space.

3. Create Zones

Divide children’s rooms and playrooms into zones whenever possible. A place to play with costumes in one area, building sets in another, art supplies in a craft area. This will greatly help the organization process when there are clear zones for different activities.

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4. Simplify the Clean-Up Process

Kids will be much more likely to clean up their toys if they know that there are only a few steps involved in the clean-up process. Bins and baskets are a great tool for organization, but making systems easy for kids to maintain is important. For example: it’s great to have a basket of toy animals, a basket of cards/trucks, and a basket of musical instruments – but keep the organization expectations flexible and manageable so that kids can easily be involved.

5. Teach Good Habits

Make cleaning up a daily habit for your kids. A great goal would be to have them put away their toys every night before bed. Consistently doing this every day will instill organizational habits in kids at an early age. Nightly clean-ups simplify the process every day, rather than becoming stressful after toy clutter has built up for weeks.

What systems do you use to help declutter kid zones?

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About the Author

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

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  • Debra @ MsMoozys Open House

    Love this and we try to do this every day, picking up clutter before bed. Some times it works great and others….well lets just say that the boys can be moody as well. LOL Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

  • Pat Dowd

    Great article, Melissa.
    I heartily agree with buying fewer things, unless they are books! (I also bought only at Christmas and Birthday so there was a sense of anticipation and a lot of thought was put into the “Wish List.) At Christmas I let the relatives buy the toys and “Santa” would contribute one deeply desired toy plus books and clothes. Christmas was also the time I used to donate all little-used toys to children who weren’t so fortunate. My daughter contributed to this process, picking out toys and cleaning them up. My daughter uses this system for her children!

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