3 Quick & Easy Steps to an Organized Playroom

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Since the day I brought my first baby home from the hospital, I’ve had visions of grandiose.

I’ll be the best mom ever, I thought.

My child will never throw a tantrum, embarrass me in public, or accuse me of doing so to him.

I will lose my baby weight within weeks of delivery, maintain a clean house, cook dinner nightly, cloth diaper, and nurse like a boss. My son would be bilingual and I would probably go ahead and homeschool.

Also, I’d have the most stimulating, sanitary, and organized playroom known to man woman.

Santa is real, just like the Easter Bunny.

Clearly I was delusional.

I’m not the best mom ever. That baby never threw a single tantrum, but his two brothers surely made up for it. And, while I’m happy to say they’ve never once called me embarrassing, I know it’s coming as sure as I know that I’ve said those exact words to them on more than one occasion.

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I cloth diapered when I had to, my house is a wreck, I cook when I can’t get my mom to do it for me, nursing was a beast, my son barely knows English, I wouldn’t homeschool if my life depended on it (okay, maybe if my LIFE depended on it, but I’d be pretty cranky about it), and I am literally still trying to lose the baby weight 5 years post partum.

Also, until recently, my playroom looked like a hoarder was living in it.

Here’s how I changed all of that!

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Step #1

Downsize. Often. The first day I went into our playroom to tackle it, I dumped out the toy box and discovered three teething toys, a pacifier, and a bottle with some sort of moldy seahorse looking thing living inside. Yeah, shiver. My youngest child at that time was 4. There were plenty of toys they had all grown out of and even more that were broken and useless. Even if you want to keep them for future children, frequently downsize the toys in the accessible areas of your playroom so you only have to worry about the things your children actually play with.

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Step #2

Create a system. We desperately needed one for our Legos so I went to work on an Ikea table we had and made one. Maybe for you it’s doll clothing or Matchbox cars or the endless array of Thomas trains that refuse to die. Find whatever your “thing” is and tackle it first. It will solve one of your biggest challenges right off and help you not get frustrated with the process. Need a Lego table in your life? Check out my DIY Lego Table tutorial on my blog.

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Step #3

Use what you have. There’s no need to run out and buy a bunch of those color coded fabric bin thingys. Sure, they’re cute, but they are also costly, and they don’t do anything a few boxes from Costco wrapped in fabric or fancy paper wouldn’t do. We use these super huge plastic jugs to store stuff at our house. They can hold plenty of The Dudes’ small stuff while also not winding up in a landfill. Score!

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3 Quick & Easy Steps to an Organized Playroom

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance ... More

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4 comments

  1. great post!!! thanks for the advice!

  2. Profile photo of Mariah Adams Mariah Adams says:

    I’m so glad you posted practical advice (or at least it looks like practical advice. Our first is on the way so we don’t have a play room yet). I look through magazines and get so mad at their stupid organization and decorating "advice." I think most magazine articles and tips are there solely to make you feel bad about how un-fancy you are and to make you think everyone else has it together.

  3. Profile photo of jlm2200 jlm2200 says:

    Great post! I love the Lego table idea! Thank you!

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