By Today's Parent staffUpdated Aug 01, 2018
Is it time to declutter your home? Are you tired of tripping over toys? Reorganized your family’s living space with these helpful tips and get back on track. Our useful pointers might even make mini-organizers out of your kids!
A version of this article appeared in our September 2012 issue with the headline “Space Savers,” pp. 104-109.Photo: iStockphoto
Fill a bottom drawer or cupboard with plastic dishes so children can help set the table. It gets them involved with housework, and teaches them independence.
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When purchasing shelving units, make sure you look for ones that will grow with your family; this workstation can be easily rearranged into a study area for older kids.
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Compromise is the key to creating a space where the whole family can play. Use storage containers with bold prints that look good, but also hide the mess. And introduce other playful storage solutions like this DIY drawstring bag.
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Tired of stepping on tiny toy cars? Attach magnetic knife strips to your walls for the perfect parking spot. It will keep the cars off the floor, and we’d wager that your kids will actually want to tidy up. For the best results, attach a little metal strip on the bottom of the cars to make sure they stay in place and out of the way.
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Look for simple ways to hide toys and books. A trundle bed is the perfect antidote to clutter. Use cutlery organizers in the lower bunk to store blocks and puzzle pieces.
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Every child would love a secret getaway spot of their own, but not many of us have the space to provide it. However, the often ignored closet floor can be easily converted into a little den. Whether you’re designing a princess’ palace or an astronaut’s alcove, all you need is a fresh coat of pain, a rug and some throw pillows to create a cozy corner.
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Keep permission slips, library books and keys together to avoid out-the-door chaos. A magnetic board holds notes and a calendar keeps you up to date.
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Installing a branch in a nursery is a beautiful way to showcase your babe’s adorable wee wardrobe.
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Vintage suitcases are a great place to stash kids’ dress-up clothes. Use felt cut-outs for a personal touch.
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Make household tasks fun(ish) with these unique ways to remind kids to pitch in.
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