By Beth Armijo, Founder Armijo Design Group
With decorating, party hosting, gift giving and receiving and all the exciting inevitabilities ahead most are left come January 1 with one commonality, abundance. Abundance of joy, memories of quality time, a couple extra pounds from end of year well deserved imbibing and, abundance of stuff, things, crap if you will. If you have children the stuff is multiplied by ten. Finding the space to store these new items can seem impossible, especially if you intend on organizing any of it. We are here to guide you into the impossible and show you that not only can you make it happen, but it’s easier than you’d think!
Our first pointer is a two part trick we insist on bi-annually. Editing your toy room twice a year is the most sure way to stay on top of heaping piles and create consistency. If you hold yourself to two big purges a year you will have more space, less stress and you won’t feel bogged down by continual clean ups.
Secondly, reach out to company’s like Good Buy Gear (a local Denver women start up). GBG will pick up toys your family is no longer using and reuse them. This eliminates a thrift store or dump run and helps the environment as well as those in need! All kinds of good cheer and making it to the nice list!
Next, when organizing and decluttering our little ones spaces we often neglect to think of something very important; them! Children are often vertically challenged and not as adapted to fine motor skills. In thinking like them we’ve recognized a few key strategies to help them clean...
-Large storage bins (When considering many toy items we can store them together and categorize. This makes clean up more user friendly and less daunting for children)
-Low shelving for everyday toys (Low shelving helps with accessibility and makes clean up time possible for our little tykes)
-High shelving for less frequently used toys (self explanatory)
Our next tip ads a personal flare to your toy room and with encouragement come art time can be seasonally relevant. ART WALL! Hang strings and clips to display works, add a vision board of sorts for pinning and suggest holiday themed drawings and paintings when your little ones are feeling artsy. Most importantly, when the time comes, try not to get too attached to all artworks as we only have space to store the favorites!
Our last tip for playroom perfection is to add your personal touch. Go to your favorite stores for all things storage and find the bins and boxes that you enjoy looking at. Ikea, Container Store, Crate and Barrel, and more all have great functional and visually appealing storage solutions. Do not forget that organization can look adorable.
We hope these suggestions guide you with glee and help you avoid any cursing cleaning days that lead to the naughty list. Enjoy, and cheers!