Because no two rooms have identical needs the Messy Monday Closet edition will be broken into several posts. This week I tackle what to do in a closet for a play room.
The older children get the more they accumulate and the smaller their objects become. Keeping track of them all plus craft supplies and all the other what-nots is a challenge. Having well defined spaces for different items is one way to tackle the problem and create a solution for staying somewhat sane on not enough sleep.
Here's a before and after of the same closet. The solution was to make use of the vertical space as the rod wasn't going to be used. Storage bins of different sizes means a place for different blocks, cars, crafts, and puzzles. Unfortunately we just couldn't squeak in another upright unit (seriously 1/8"!!!) so an open shelf is now a place for toys as well. I think placing toys like puzzles or games would be a great way to subtly encourage your children towards these stimulating and brain exercising toys; Rotating them on a weekly basis would discourage boredom. Clear bins on the upper shelves means you can reach for the right bin the first time. Wall buckets are great spots for plush toys, dress up clothes, and other soft items.
Containers are both fast and portable solutions for staying organized, cleaning up, and of course, dumping! I must say, I'm a little jealous of this closet and want to have a few of these units in my house.