Believe it or not, our kids weren't born organizing savants. If they had it their way, we'd both be buried in a sea of Legos and Barbie shoes at this very moment. But thanks to the functional systems we have in place, that's not our reality.





We're confident that your playroom isn't a lost cause either. If our kids can maintain a level of organization, so can yours. It all comes down to creating intuitive systems they can understand and take pride in.





Contain The Space









Even if you don't have the space for a play "room", you still need to designate a specific area where the majority of toys will live. By doing this, kids will develop a sense of ownership and will be less likely to move playtime to other areas of the home.





More importantly, you need to contain the items within a zoned space—just like you would in a pantry or drawer.





Bulky items (stuffed animals, blocks, and train sets): Store in large floor baskets that are durable and easy to access. If you prefer a shelving system, use open movable bins that comfortably fit the items.





For items that are too bulky for a container, designate a specific zone instead. For instance, if you have a lot of trucks, line them up and create a parking lot.





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Puzzles, games, books: Since these items are mostly contained, they can live on a shelf next to cute decor items. (If you don't have shelving, an Elfa system is an easy and customizable option.) For those who'd rather contain the items, keep them categorized in open bins or acrylic dividers.





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Small specific items (Legos, Barbies, doll accessories, craft supplies): Use stackable shoe boxes, modular drawer storage, and smaller bins or caddies to store items that get lost in the mix. Identify each category with a paint pen that will easily wipe clean with rubbing alcohol for future updating.





Acrylic turntables and canisters are another way to highlight favorite or most-used items—especially for art supplies like markers, crayons, and scissors.





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Don't Get Too Specific









Instead of separating out smaller Legos from larger Duplos, consider allowing for more interpretation in where things belong. Creating broad categories that kids intuitively understand — blocks, dolls, dress-up, and so on — will help with long-term maintenance and keep your home neat.





Sort By Color (ROYGBIV)









Organizing according to the rainbow helps create a playful and creative space for kids, and a stylized space for adults. Arrange the books, art supplies, toys, and pretend food by color, and you will not only have a pretty playroom, but your kids will automatically know where everything is stored.





The rainbow system has the extra bonus of turning clean-up into a color sorting activity, making it into a fun game. It’s a win/win for the entire household.





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Edit Regularly









Kids grow out of toys as quickly as they grow out of clothes. We recommend editing your kids' items twice a year (or more!) to clear out the clutter, especially before holidays or birthdays.





Kids also tend to be natural hoarders—which means that editing their toys can often turn into a temper tantrum. But it actually helps to get them involved so they understand that getting rid of those items will help them to make room for the items that they do use and love. It's also a great way to start building healthy habits while teaching the importance of donating items to those in need.





Create A Drop Zone









Designate a separate playtime floor basket where kids can throw their toys as they are done playing with them. This way, clean-up is more contained and it's as easy as grabbing in the basket and returning the items where they belong.





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Xo, Clea + Joanna


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

Suggested Products
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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THE Bin Organizers
THE Bin Organizers
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

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White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

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