Here is a list of 10 tips that we use to keep our play space "play-able" and organized.
2. Bins, bins, bins. Use them for quick clean ups when guests show up unexpectedly (organize later if need be), and then also use them all the time for toys, games,costumes, whatever, as a way to help your kids find a place for everything and so that they know where things go. Make the bins fun and colorful too in order to add a fun, kid-like feel to the playroom.
8. Arts and Crafts are my worst nightmare. These kinds of toys/activities are the- messiest- of- the-messiest for sure. These items have their own place in our house. They are kept in a closet, high on the top shelf so that they can only be used with permission. I learned the hard way to keep these toys "under surveillance" at all times. Let's just say that my playroom walls will never be the same. Some toys just need more monitoring than others so I suggest that these don't make it to the playroom without your knowledge.
9. We use a rotating, weekly chart system too. The chart lists what each child is in charge of keeping neat and organized for that week in the playroom. This way, the kids know they have that task to complete all week and it lets me just do quick reminders to get them going. It is especially great to refer to when I hear the infamous "I'm bored" statement. Now I can always point to the chart and say, "I know what you can do..." The chaos and clutter does not get out of control this way and the rotating system allows for each kid to do different jobs each week so that no, one person feels like they got the "worst job of all".
10. Lastly, I think it is important to talk to your kids about why we declutter and keep a room neat. We want to be able to use the room efficiently and in a fun way. Plus, we want our kids to be respectful of the things we work hard for. Them taking care of the playroom space shows us as parents that they appreciate the toys they have and the home we all live in. Our home reflects on all of us and we want to show each other that we care about the quality of the environment that we live in and that we share as a family.
So there you have it, a listing of some of the things we do to keep our playroom in some semblance of order. We loose control once and awhile but often friendly reminders a good, focused cleaning fixes that. Using these tips though can make for a more enjoyable and fun-filled play space for all.
The makers of Hotwheels know how precious your floor space is and they have created a great system called Hot Wheels® Wall Tracks™ to let your kids zip their cars along the wall instead of on the floor! You can get more info on Hot Wheels® at http://www.hotwheels.com.
Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hot Wheels® blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here