Any parent who has their children sharing a bedroom can understand the difficulty in keeping the room tidy and organised. Children accumulate toys, disorder and mess, and when you have two living in the same room it can seem impossible to stay on top of everything.
To make your life easier, it’s best if you can enlist your children to help you keep on top of everything, particularly if they are old enough to help clean up after themselves and stick to an organisational method. If you’re struggling to stay organised with children sharing a bedroom, follow our helpful tips below to get and stay organised.
Rather than trying to get on top of everything when your children’s shared bedroom is out of control and full of unnecessary items, it’s best to start with a clear out. Getting children on board with giving away their cherished belongings can be difficult, but it’s very important to start with a clean slate.
The easiest way to begin the clear out is to start with items that your child has grown out of, whether physically or developmentally. Starting with old clothes is a simple place to start, as children don’t tend to get very attached to clothing. Any items that no longer fit or have worn out can be disposed of or donated to charity. Books are also usually quite easy for children to part with, save for a few favourites. Books that are no longer age appropriate are wonderful items to donate to charity.
Once you have been through clothes and books, it’s likely that your children will be a little more open to the clearing out method, and you can start with toys. Rather than giving your children a number for the amount of toys they are allowed to keep, give them a number for how many they need to donate or dispose of. This will make it easier for them to choose which toys they are ready to part with.
Once your children’s room has been cleansed and is free of unused items and clutter, you can begin to implement an organisational method. You’ll need to choose a plan that you know is likely to work for your family, but a few places to start are with dirty clothes and toys. By implementing a process for what children should do with their dirty clothes and toys at the end of the day, you can make your life a whole lot easier and take one less thing off your plate. Perhaps by simply implementing a bedtime bedroom check your children can grow accustomed to cleaning up their mess from the day.
Start by putting a laundry basket in your children’s room so they can put their dirty clothes in it at the end of each day. It’s also a good idea to introduce a toy box for each child, so that they can but their belongings away before they go to bed.
Introducing a method for dirty clothes and toys will not ensure that your children’s bedroom stays completely organised, but it is one of the easiest places to start in getting your children on board for helping the mess stay under control.
Ensuring that you have enough storage space is vital, especially when you have two or more children sharing a room. Utilising vertical space with shelving systems is perfect for getting your children’s items up off the floor is the perfect way to introduce extra storage in a child’s room. Making use of floor space in wardrobes with storage cubbies can also maximise how much space is available to you for clothing.
Having items that are accessible but not stored in the bedroom is extremely helpful when you’re short on space. Items such as seasonal clothing, keepsakes and toys that can only be used during certain parts of the year are ideal things to store. Where possible, store items such as these in the loft or garage to keep them out of the way when they are not in use. If you live in a flat or otherwise lack storage space, a self storage unit is a fantastic place to store items when you have two children sharing a room. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.