While playrooms are where creativity runs free, it's also where clutter and chaos reign king. The scattered toys! The discarded crayons! It feels like parents spend so much time tidying up, only for the space to be turned upside down in literal seconds. But fret not! By following these tips and implementing smart storage solutions that little ones can actually use, you can create a playroom that is both fun and functional for kids and parents alike.

Tip #1: Create Zones

Take clues from your child’s classroom and create stations for each type of activity. Some heavy hitters include a reading nook, an area for arts and crafts, and stations for special interests (building, dress-up, etc.). If you don’t have space for designated stations, all that matters is that you are storing categories together. By doing this, kids are more likely to get into the habit of cleaning up as they go. 

Tip #2: Label Everything

Again, similar to a classroom, all items should be clearly labeled by category. Stick to general groupings (i.e. blocks, dolls) rather than specific (i.e. magnatiles, Shopkins) for a system that is straight-forward and easier for kids to maintain. 


Kids Label Pack
Brother P-Touch Label Maker
Makeid Label Maker Machine 

Tip #3: Edit Regularly

If they’ve outgrown a toy, haven't touched it in ages, or it came from a Happy Meal, put it in a donation bag. Do the dirty work when the kids aren’t home and run through the space like it’s Supermarket Sweep. 

If you question whether or not they’ll notice, especially with larger items, like a toy kitchen, you can put it in “toy purgatory”—a place that is out-of-sight, like a garage, so if they ask about it it's easy to bring back out. And if they don't in a month, donate it.

Tip #4: Store By Size

For small toys that come with a million pieces:

All-Purpose Divided Bin
Large Drawer
Bin Organizers
Divided Turntable

For large bulky toys (we're looking at you, stuffed animals and musical instruments!):

Cube Bin with Handles
Rattan Storage Bins
Rainbow Seagrass Storage Bins
Large Montauk Cube

For art and craft supplies:

Divided Turntable
Poppin Stackable Trays
3-Tier Rolling Cart

Tip #5: Free Up Floor Space

Make use of wall and door space to create more storage and room for play. It can be something as simple as a set of floating shelves, an over-the-door unit, or an Elfa system that can be customized to fit your needs over time.

Tip #6: Sort By Color

Organizing in rainbow order not only helps kids know exactly where to put things away but also inspires them creatively and turns cleaning up into a game. 

Tip #7: Corral in Cubbies

Cubbies make it easy for kids to grab their favorite toys and put things away when playtime is over. Use them to store everything from books (organized by color, obviously!) to categorized toys.


Catch-All Multi Cubby
Toy Storage Bookshelf

Tip #8: Away on Display

Whether it's that LEGO structure your kid spent two weeks building or the doll that doubles as a family heirlooms, some items are meant for display, not for play. Acrylic cases are the best way to keep these treasured items protected but still visible to bring a personalized touch to the space. As for your kids latest artwork, opt for a front-hinged frame or peg board so you can easily rotate over time.


Plush Toy Display Cube
Luxe Large Modular Acrylic Display Case
Umbra Kids Art Frame

Tip #9: Clean On Command

Kids and germs go hand in hand, so it's important to give toys a deep clean every once in a while. Stock a caddy with supplies and store it nearby to save yourself the extra steps. Oh, and here's a complete guide to cleaning every type of toy in case you need it!

Tip #10: Designate a Drop Spot

Place a large floor basket in the middle of the room where kids can throw their toys as they are done playing with them. When it’s time to clean up, just grab the basket and return the items where they belong. 

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