Toys everywhere, pieces of crayons on the floor, missing game parts: that’s the image that comes to mind when we think of playrooms. With the following advice, you won’t have to resist the urge to run away from home the next time you have to clean this kiddy haven.
Start by sorting
This is a crucial prelude to the process. Determine which toys will stay and which will go. If your child refuses to let go of any itemsthat you know are no longer played with, place them in a box and store this “treasure chest” elsewhere. Over time, you will eventually be able to bring the toys to their final rest. While you’re at it, you might as well throw out the old worn down sofa to free up some room.
Create distinct play areas
Divide the space into 2 or 3 different activity zones and store the objects in their corresponding area. For example:
This is where all the noise happens! Start by defining floor surface on which your little athletes can run, jump, dance and roll their trucks. If you have a closet near this area, use it to store bulky items. Bins on wheels are useful for storing different sizes of balls. Install a few shelves in the closet to hold noisy toys and other objects that help your kids spend their energy.
Designate an area where you can place a table and chairs for colouring, making crafts and other activities that are done in a seated position. If your room is too small for a table, install a shelf on the wall that will be used as a counter. Make sure it’s at least 16 inches deep and solidly secured. Add legs to the front and a few stools.
Install a narrow shelf above the new counter for keeping pencil holders and various art supplies. Hang a curtain rod with curtain clips on the adjacent wall to display drawings and other artwork. Add a low bookcase below the curtain rod, for storing colouring books, paper and board games.
Group all blocks and place them in transparent bins or containers.Do the same with other tiny objectsandmodelling clay. If you use opaque bins or containers, remember to place a label or a picture on the front to identify the contents.
Behind the scenes
This space is reserved for actors, princesses and superheroes. Install hooks on the wall for hanging costumes and hats if you have little room. If you have a larger area, use a coat rack, a big trunk or an armoire. Plastic swords and magic wands can be put away in an umbrella stand.
Hang nets in a corner for storing stuffed animals and puppets. Purchase a behind-the-door shoe or cosmetic bag and install it on the wall. In the pockets, put plastic jewelry and fake mustaches.
Cleaning the playroom can be an overwhelming chore that would discourage many. By applying these tips, the task will be much easier and more enjoyable come cleaning time. Remember to involve the children in the process!
Source of image: Freshome
Guest post by Jo Ann Rose
Design and home furnishings copywriter and translator