With children comes clutter. Between birthdays, celebrations, and holidays, many times the parents do not even know where half the 'stuff' came from. Babies also grow substantially over a short period of time; thus: once they grow into toddlers, they will have accumulated a lot of things. From toys to clothes to stuffed animals that tag along during nap time, it can be difficult to keep the room tidy and minimal. Here's where we come in. We have compiled 10 ways to minimize your toddler's room to ensure a clear head and happy space. Not only will less stuff equal less time to tidy up, the toddler will not be half as distracted when it's time to settle down. Read ahead for some much needed inspiration.
10 BINS FOR TOYS
It's important to have sectioned off space for your child's toys. The toys that you allow them to bring in their room, of course (which should be limited). With that said: by organizing their toys into different colored bins, you will help teach them organizational skills that will benefit the child for their future. Not only will they learn to put them away, or "to bed" before they get tucked in for the night, but it will be less hassle to tidy their room in compared to if they hadn't had their own designated area to stay in.
9 DRESSER IN CLOSET
Dressers are a great furniture choice to keep clothing clutter to a minimum and small clothes tucked away. Though many desire to have a beautiful dresser visible in their toddler's room, a great way to minimize their space is to have the dresser tucked away in their closet. This way when you walk into their room, you will be able to see very minimal items such as: their bed, their bins, and perhaps a beautiful decal on their wall.
8 KEEP A PLUSH LIMIT
Some parents and/or guardians are able to keep their toddler's toys in their playrooms, while other children prefer to keep a few 'friends' close at hand during their bed time routines. If your child likes to have a support toy with them while they sleep, by all means!
Just ensure you keep their collection to a minimum. Whether you allow them 2 or 6, make sure they know the rule and don't ever break it. If you do even once, the toddler's sure to test your boundaries once again.
7 INSTALL A TOY NET
Speaking of their plush toys, not every single one will join them in their crib or bed. Installing a toy net to hang above their floor ensures an open space and the ability to keep extra toys out of reach. If the toys are scattered throughout their room, they may be tempted to get out of bed and play. Of course, it's time to settle down, so what better way to keep the toys out of reach than to hang them high enough that they're unable to get them down without assistance?
6 REMOVE EXTRA BLANKETS
When your baby was born, the default baby gift is often a swaddle or ten. Or twenty. You likely have an abundant amount of baby swaddles and blankets, that you will learn how to re-use them for a later date.
Often, we stack those blankets into beautifully folded piles for aesthetic's sake; however, it's important to keep a bare minimum number of items (only those items that you'll actually use) at arm's reach. Pack away the blankets that go unused. Keep only one or two out if you know they'll be used.
5 REMOVE DUST COLLECTORS
It's difficult to pack away those beautiful photographs, those sentimental books, and those knick-knacks that Grandma and Grandpa bought the new baby. But, to be honest: these sentimental 'things' won't stop coming. Every year there will be a new milestone, a new celebration. Choose wisely, because these dust collectors add up quickly. Pack away any item that you notice going unused. Keeping them packed away in a safe place also ensures they're out of reach from tiny, little, disastrous hands. The last thing you need is your toddler smashing their 1st birthday figurine.
4 LIMIT THE BOOKS
Reading your toddler books before bed each night is a great routine to stick to. Not only will this allow their imagination to run wild before bed, it's a great opportunity to bond with them before you both settle for the night. With that said, it's hard to ensure these books come into the room and leave once it's time to close the lights. We highly recommend having a section for a certain amount of books; perhaps 5-10 but no more.
An excess amount of books in your toddler's room may encourage them to get out of bed and read even more. Whether you decide to showcase these select books on the wall with a floating shelf or stack them on their dresser inside the closet, it's a good idea to keep the other books in another section of the home like a library or play space.
3 BIN FOR SOCKS/UNDIES
Socks and underwear can get out of control. Between losing the odd pair of tiny socks and keeping them in the same space, it can be a mission in itself to keep them organized and kept together. Because of these reasons, we recommend having a 'sock bin' and 'underwear bin'. Not only will this organize these essentials in a cute way, but it will also encourage the child to independently dress when need be. If it's in the child's sight, they will likely gravitate towards their underwear and socks and learn how to put them on themselves.
2 REMOVE ADDED FURNITURE
Sometimes it's best to keep to the essentials: a bed, a dresser and a shelf or two. It's difficult to avoid cluttering your toddler's room with an immense amount of decor, perhaps a love seat and a few dressers here and there. We know: toddlers can accumulate a lot of stuff. More than they could ever need. Keep reminded: the more space the child has to move and roam free, the more imagination will flourish and less clutter in their minds. Keep their room's furniture to a minimum will help in many ways.
1 HAVE ONLY ONE FEATURE WALL
Consider having only one wall with photos, decals and perhaps a long bench with their toys' bins underneath. This way, as soon as someone walks into their space they are not visually bombarded with a ton of distraction. If your toddler has only one feature wall, this leaves the other walls (presumably three) for a bed, their closet and other essentials. Keeping it simple can be best, especially for a young, growing child.