When it comes to taming the mess in kids’ room, even expert parents lay down their arms. The buck doesn’t stop at picking the best themes and getting expensive furniture. The biggest challenge arrives when you have to ensure that the room looks spick and span and not like a tumbled laundry basket. Smart planning, clever tips and effective execution is all that is needed to fight the mess in your child’s room. Here, we have brought to you some of the best and easiest storage planning tips. All you have to do is put on the gloves and get ready to hit it.
Beds with ample storage
To deal with a kids’ room that looks more like a mismatched collage gone wrong, there is only one ‘Mantra’: If you can’t clean it, hide it! And what can be better than under bed storage space. Load the bed with underneath drawers to organize your kids’ belongings in a neat and easy-to-access manner. You can also hang linen pouches at the sides to keep objects of daily necessities just a dig away.
Storage containers with amusing designs
Coaxing your little one to drop his/ her stuff in a storage box is like asking a sheep to eat a lion. Rest assured that it won’t happen. The trick lies in making the whole process interesting enough to encourage their participation. The best way to do this is by getting storage bins/ containers that have fun shapes and designs. With these colorful and creative storage boxes, the job will get a lot easier. You will be surprised by their renewed interest, as they will love tossing their goodies in these amusing boxes. You can get a bit more creative by customizing plain boxes according to your child’s likes and preferences. For example, you can take print outs of his/ her favorite cartoon character/ animal/ design and stick them on it. Also, if you have more than a couple of boxes, do remember to label them according to the contents inside to avoid any chaos.
Creative use of wall space to maximize storage options
The vertical spaces or the walls provide excellently ample storage solutions. To start with, headboards make for perfect storage idea. With over bed headboards, kids can keep their important books or favorite toys within arm’s reach. You can also install a utility rope across the wall to display your kids’ art projects, cards, etc using a clothespin.
Sometimes you need extra space and sometimes you don’t. And when you don’t, storage bins and containers themselves look like a mess. This is where collapsible storage comes handy. When not in use, they can be easily and neatly collapsed and stacked up. However, when needs struck, they rise up to meet all the demands.
Who said multitasking is bad for your brain? Trust us, turn that bookshelf into a multipurpose unit and you will save yourself a lot of trouble. Break away from the stereotypical usage and stuff in things that need proper space and care. Use them to store various objects other than books like storage crates, collectibles, toys, flowers, etc. Instead of going for the regular rectangular ones, bring in shelves in fun shapes and designs to rope in additional designer elements.
Tack it on
‘Tack it on’ is a simple yet effectual way to deal with clutter. The reason it found its way in our list is its easy setup combined with effective results. It gives your kid enough space to place his/ her favorite and essential bunch of documents, magazine clippings, photos etc. Moreover, swapping of this stuff is swift and simple ensuring an up to date board. It also can be used to flaunt your child’s achievements (certificates of merit or medals). However, be sure to get a plexiglas cover to keep them safe.
Armoires are a child’s best friend when it comes to standing the sands of time. It continues to serve multiple functions even when your child grows from a toddler to a teenager. Behind the doors (which serves another purpose of hiding the inside mess), lies a miraculous space which can store and hide baby clothes for an infant as efficiently as sacred secrets of a grown up.
Table that runs along the wall
A worktable that runs along the wall gives your kids enough room to spread out and do multitasking effectively. The space thus achieved increases manifolds than a usual table. To get the maximum benefit, we recommend you to get a carpenter for customized space fitting. You can pep up its appearance by incorporating unusual designs and colors. For example, you can have outside edges chiseled in the shape of a curve (Picture above).
Fun shaped hooks
Beautiful hooks not only give you additional storage space but also lift up the otherwise monotonous wall space. Be sure to mount them at your kid’s eye level so that hanging clothes, pouches, PE kits, etc gets easier and within his/ her reach. Also, your kid can grab them without wasting precious time whenever in hurry.
Out of the box solutions
Stir your brains and cook up some creativity yourself. Opt for some unusually delightful and handy ideas. These can be DIYs on budget too. Get your kid to brainstorm with you. To start with, use kitchen spice rack to store small books and stuffed goodies. If they look old and torn, brush them up with fresh paint and hang one above the other. Or you can nail garden baskets to the wall to store your little one’s toys.