When you walk in your kids' playroom, do you want to curl up and hide because it's like a bomb was set off? Or do you feel like it's a room you can keep under pretty good control? We've been through a few different playroom refreshes and it's always the best feeling afterwards when everything is decluttered and has a “home”. BUT I can't believe how quickly that can turn into a mess again, with the actual organizing tools destroyed!
I've found some solutions to these problems, and perhaps this post will be helpful to you, too, if you're desperate for some playroom ideas & organization tips to refresh your kids' play space!
The most durable bins
My kids are reaaaally hard on stuff, so the bins that we originally had in the playroom were not that durable and fell apart really fast. They were getting used and abused like crazy and fell apart pretty fast.
I needed to replace quite a few of the bins, but also wanted it to look uniform and not mix-matched. I ended up having a complete refresh of all new bins, and I LOVE how they turned out. These new bins are SO much more sturdy, actually really affordable, and I was able to buy all of them in the sizes I needed to fit in all of our little cubbies.
It's helpful to me to be able to have my kids clean up and make it easy for them to know where each toy belongs. One of the best playroom ideas I've implemented is to make sure every toy has a “home.” Then it's soooo much easier to maintain organization, and avoid the chaotic mess of toys everywhere when they play!
Labels are KEY
A big mistake I made in our past playroom organization was using sticker labels on all of our bins. Because our kids are so hard on everything, the labels fell off and got lost in the mess of everything.
This time around, I put black bin labels on each box – I just love how durable and sturdy they are! I wrote with a white sharpie paint pen to label each bin with what kinds of toys were in each, and they're just all-around wayyyy better than the sticker labels I used at first that kept peeling off.
It's SO nice not having to worry about the stickers falling off the bin, and it's a much better solution to keeping things organized. Our kids have been doing a great job at keeping their stuff in the particular bins, too! A MAJOR win in my book!
Sort + simplify
The last time we did a playroom organization, I really tried to involve my kids in the process. I had them pick out the things they loved, things they wanted to donate, and things they wanted to throw away that just weren't functional anymore or were broken.
THIS time I spent two mornings *by myself* just throwing things away that were junky or broken… and there was a LOT. I don't know about you, but I find it sooo satisfying to simplify in this way.
I also gathered up all the things they just don't really play with or pay attention to anymore, and put them in a pile to donate. And then I took it upon myself to organize all the things that I know they really care about – My Little Pony things, all the Toy Story toys, cars/trucks, etc. – and I sorted them all into their own bin.
Neil has been advocating more boy toys for Harry because he's just been smothered in all the girly toys. He really wanted to get him some toys that he'd enjoy playing with, too. I'm amazed – we didn't teach Harry to like balls and trucks and cars, he just came that way. Crazy how kids just come how they come!!
A couple fun additions
Baby ball pit
A really good friend of mine suggested this really cute ball pit when we were thinking of some gift ideas for Harry's first birthday. She's a mom of five boys and said get him a foam pit and some balls, and he'll be in heaven… and HE IS. It never gets old for him. One of the best playroom ideas ever!
I had the idea of adding a bounce house to the playroom, which was a great idea, but (like many other times) I didn't measure so the execution wasn't totally on point haha. LUCKILY since we live in Southern California where we have almost all sunny days, we put this super cute bounce house in the backyard! Use code MINTARROW for $30 off! See it in our reel here:
The last time we did a big organization, there was such a headache of fighting with my girls over some of the toys that they said were important to them, but I knew they really never played with. If they had disappeared, they wouldn't even realize. Are your kids the same way?
This time I saved myself the headache and took matters into my own hands! I got rid of so many toys that I knew they didn't even care about, which some parents might not agree with and that's okay – you do you! I'm just sharing what worked for us, and this time around it was just total peace of mind being able to fully declutter and simplify everything.
It's incredible how much of a difference it makes by simply cleaning up and creating more stable and organized spaces. I believe the secret key to that was using these super durable bins and black bin clips.
Organizing can be fun!
There are so many playroom ideas out there, especially when it comes to organizing – and it feels so dang good once you've put those ideas to the test! It makes the space so much more pleasant to be in, especially when we're talking about the playroom (a room that I think we all can agree that gives us anxiety!) These bins and bin labels we used have made all the difference, and the quality is perfect for how hard our kids play. I've rounded up our very favorite playroom ideas below! Hooray for organizing!!