You finally have the space to stash your kid’s toys — it’s a miracle! Now that you have a room dedicated to your little one’s “stuff,” it’s time to get down to designing the playroom. From making the most of the space to must-have organization items, learn how to create the perfect playroom with this inspiring pictures…
It may sound obvious, but the first step to creating an organized playroom is to completely empty it. Yes, the thought of that alone might be enough to put the brakes on your playroom makeover plan, but remember that it’s hard to create an organized space when it’s still full of stuff. Take all of the contents of the room out of it so you can start from scratch with a clean, fresh area.
Take honest stock of your children’s toys. Perhaps Grandma and Grandpa have given new meaning to the word “spoiled” or maybe you went a little crazy — hey, who can blame a first-time mom? The reason doesn’t matter. If your child has too many toys, it’s time to pare down the collection.
Make three piles — keep, donate and trash — then sort accordingly. Beyond keeping one or two sentimental toys, leave emotion out of the process. It’s easier said than done, I know, but if you think about the way your darling little tot played with each and every toy, you’ll never get rid of anything. Trust me.
Planning out the room is where your budget comes into play. While most of us would love to create a playroom fit for celeb kids, few have the bottomless bank account to make it happen. Consider all of the purchases you’ll need to make so you don’t find yourself short of cash — and an incomplete playroom.
Also consider your talents at this stage. Are you into woodworking (or is someone in your family)? Making shelves might save you some cash. Or is your specialty refurbishing old furniture? You could hit Goodwill or other thrift stores and find a piece to repurpose.
Also, if your child is old enough and you’re brave, include her in the planning phase. Whether you’re willing to allow her to select the paint color or a table and chairs set, involving your kiddo makes the new playroom more exciting for her.
Some of the purchases you might need to make:
Shelves — for the walls, bookshelves, etc.
Small table and chairs
Small crates or boxes for organizing