If you’re looking for realistic playroom organization tips you’ve come to the right spot. Do you have a messy playroom? We do, but I know how to clean it up quickly!
My daughters are lucky to have the prettiest pink playroom of my childhood dreams. They take it for granted often and by nightfall it never looks as clean as it does above. I can’t pretend I have the secrets to playroom organization, but I do know what to use to hide the mess of toys.
Use a variety of baskets, bins, and storage with lids.
Baskets and bins are one of the easiest ways to organize toys in a playroom. Kids can toss a toy in a basket or bin with ease, but it’s important to keep toys separated by category. Baskets hold bigger toys, such as baby dolls, cars and planes, cooking items, etc. Bins are best for storing smaller figurines, Barbie dolls, and coloring books. When it comes to storing the smallest toy pieces and doll clothes, we use storage containers with lids.
Choose Furniture that Doubles as Storage for Playroom Organization
One of our favorite pieces of furniture in the playroom is the Rotating Storage Dress Up Station (station in pink and similar in white). Not only does the station hold crowns, jewelry, and princess shoes, but it also has hooks to hang costumes. My daughters have so many costumes that we have to keep a large basket and canvas bin on the floor filled with other gowns and outfits.
I love the idea of a children’s mini clothing rack system too!
Look at this different Dress Up Station!
Here is another Dress Up Armoire!
There is a six cube storage system (similar) in the corner of the playroom to hold books and bins filled with small toys. I use canvas bins from Target in every other cube. We store puzzles on the top shelf and house others bins beside the system against the wall.
The play tent is perfect for pretend sleepovers and tea parties, but also conceals a cradle holding the overflow of baby dolls.
Annabelle received a toy chest for Christmas one year that holds blocks, doctor kits, and more. The toy chest will eventually go in Annabelle’s closet, but for now it holds storage and doubles as a window seat during the winter.
Consider ‘not’ labeling.
It would be a giant waste of time to label every bin and basket in the playroom. We rotate toys often, storing away the least played with items for something new from storage. Our basement has two plastic bins protecting the toys we aren’t using.
Let go of any ideas of PERFECTION in a Playroom
There is no such thing as a perfect playroom – unless the parents don’t allow their children to play as they wish. A Mom friend once told me to teach my daughters to put away one toy before taking out another. This is a nice idea, but an unrealistic direction for my three year old to follow. We let go of any ideas of perfection when it comes to the playroom.
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Clean Up the Playroom in it’s entirety every few days
In a dream world, the playroom would be spotless before bed each night. We encourage our daughters to pick up their toys before we leave the house or begin bedtime routines. The girls have received consequences for not cleaning up their messes, but every day is an adventure.
Life gets in the way and there are instances where the playroom is not organized for a few days. All in all, my husband and I work hard to pick up the playroom in it’s entirety every few days.
Not pictured: a cabinet filled with art supplies and coloring books in our living room. In the future we might purchase a large organizational cabinet to store the bins on the floor. But for now we work with what we have!
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Hillary Conheady says
So many great tips here and such a cute playroom! I love using baskets for organizing too!
Love the rotating dress up shelf. It’s so pretty and something my girls would love.
Laura Wigen says
We struggle with storing art/craft supplies. I need to keep some things of reach (markers, paint, etc) but how to store it?! Ugh. I need a crafting tackle box. Haha. Toys, the boys are good at picking up every night. They know that if they leave toys out and Mom and Dad pick them up – those toys are in time out for a few days. We set an expectation when out oldest was one to pick up every night before nap and bed. My husband and I help, but they are expected to do the majority of cleaning up. Keeping toys in bins, baskets and toy box make clean up a breeze! Now if only they made a robot vacuum that also picked up toys…..
Laura Wigen says
out of reach* and our oldest*
Ugh. I need to do a better job proofreading.
As an almost overly-organized person, this is super satisfying. I would’ve loved a playroom like this as a kid!
Your playroom is so cute!! Love the rug and all of your tips!
These are totally good tips based in reality (not some fantasy world where every toy is perfectly organized by size, color, and who knows what else!). Even though I don’t have kids I LOVE the storage baskets you picked out and might get one for myself. 🙂 Plus these tips are helpful for everyone, kiddos or no kiddos.
These are great tips mama, and they have a beautiful playroom! Totally agree with you on throwing out the idea of perfection!
cute & little
Laura Leigh says
Great tips girl friend! All about using baskets as well and I love how cute they look filled with toys!!!
xo Laura Leigh
Your playroom is so cute and organized! These are some great tips.
Anna English says
This is such a cute space! I think the rotating shelf is a cool concept.
Azanique Rawl says
Baskets and bins are basically how my house stays tidy! I love that little book shelf that can double as storage with bins 🙂
-xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com
I love the honesty in here and the tip about not labeling! So smart! And that dress holder is amazing!
Could you tell me where you purchased your rug from?