Our children can make our lives so complete and in the same breath, fill our homes with tons of clutter. Sure they might not intentionally mean it, but that doesn’t stop them from dropping school bags wherever they want creating pockets of mess around our homes. So what’s a parent to do?
Aside from setting a few ground rules (see “The Parent’s Guide to Keeping the Home Organized During the School Year“), there are some decorative actions parents can take to keep their home clean and organized. The Land of Nod is one of our favorite home resources for stylish home furnishings and decor for your children. If you feel the hairs on your neck starting to raise due to an untidy abode, take a look at these five storage ideas. Hopefully you will find something that will not only organize your house, but also add a little interior fashion.
5 Storage Ideas to Keep Your Child’s Clutter in Check
1.) Wall organizers please. Every parent should be utilizing their wall space with organizers. Let’s say it together - every parent should be utilizing their wall space with organizers. Wall organizers are a saving grace for a home as they do not take up any square footage (floor space that is) and keep things arranged at eye level. Children always have random items so keep them together with various wall bins and shelves. Use them to store craft supplies, showcase vintage school projects or anything else you can imagine. Allocate a bin for each child to use and feel free to mix up the styles.
2.) Uncluttered bookcases. Bookcases are fabulous for children’s rooms as they not only house mini libraries, but also games, small toys, stuffed animals and more. If this sounds great, it actually is…unless you allow clutter to pile up on your shelves which defeats the purpose. Now is the time to incorporate bins and containers into your bookcase design and fill them with all of those random items around the room. Have a ball choosing fun and colorful containers with your kids that will add a jolt of excitement into their space. Once you have chosen your items, carefully select a limited amount of books and toys they can showcase outside of the bins leaving the majority in their proper storage containers.
3.) Bi-functional storage accessories. Unless you live in an estate where square footage is not an issue, you might want to consider storage pieces that won’t swallow up your child’s entire room. There are tons of bi-functional pieces you can add to your space that will house their “junk” and also provide ample seating. This will definitely come in handy during play dates and sleepovers.
4.) Wall hooks, tons of wall hooks. You may think that wall hooks are only good for holding coats, but think again. Make a strong visual statement in your kid’s room or even the foyer with assorted wall hooks that can function as a mini prep station (an ally during the school season). Hang backpacks, lunchboxes or hanging bins for light items. The more creative you are with wall hooks, the more you can think outside the box when it comes to functionality.
- Keep it Together Wall Hook
- Giraffe Flashy Forest Wall Hooks
- Moroccan High Tea Wall Decor
- Doorknob Wall Decor
- Curl Up with a Good Wall Hook
5.) Sports activity bins. We are typically not a huge fan of open floor bins as they not only take up space (some you can’t even stack), but run the risk of additional clutter when knocked over. If however you have a child who participates in a sport, you might want to consider using at least one for any sporting equipment. Not only will they become a nice storage item for your home, but will even show off some of your child’s personality.