{Organising} My kids’ organised playroom

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With most of South Africa on leave between Christmas and New Year’s, this is the ideal time to tackle a slightly bigger organising project because there’s a bit more time.

I’ve been decluttering smaller summer clothes, tidying wardrobes, decluttering my stash of gift wrap and gift bags (and I’ve only ever bought about 1/4 of it all), decluttering more clothes and since I organised this playroom about a month ago, I’ve tidied it up at least once a week.

There is no before picture because I was inspired late one night at 11 pm after reading a post on Erin’s blog.

The difference is this time it’s been a quick tidy and not a two-hour project.

This is the playroom and there are three zones:

  1. two armchairs on the left for reading
  2. a table for arts and crafts, building Lego, etc.
  3. storage in the bookshelf on the right

(I talk you through zones in 7 easy steps to organise your office. Though the focus is on papers, storage and such, the principles apply to organising any space.)

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Top shelf: colouring, workbooks, magazines for cutting and pasting (these are about 3 – 4 years old), sketchbooks, and so on. The pink and blue boxes have personal stationery and small notebooks, and there are card games in the middle.


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Small notebooks…

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and flashcardsOrganised Playroom | www.OrganisingQueen.com

The middle shelf has Lego, army men, small cars and various animals. These all participate in the imaginary play so they live together.

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And then on the bottom shelf, there are a million puzzles (I’ve decluttered some). There are about 10 in the bottom box with the green lid and 4 in the box with the purple lid, plus those two in the boxes. I’m very fussy about puzzles simply because it’s impossible to pass them on to other friends if pieces are missing so I make sure they count the pieces as they’re packing them away after playing.

The box on the right contains plain wooden blocks, a train set from when Connor was 18 months and a couple of other wooden sets with road signs, street lamps, etc. for playing “cities”. I love wooden toys so I keep them because the kids keep using them in different ways. For example, they play with them as imaginary play now whereas when they were 18 – 24 months, they were working on fine motor skills, putting differently-shaped blocks together to make the train.

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And that’s what it looks like now.ย ย  Organised Playroom | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Remember you don’t make to make things Pinterest-perfect for it to be functional and not drive you crazy. I like to shop the house first and so I found that I had all of these containers; in some cases, I just needed to shift a few things around.

Have I inspired you to organise your kids’ toys?

What will you organise this weekend?

You ask, I answer – decluttering toys so kids don’t get bored

First off, I’m finally getting around to answering the questions on this post.

The three people who are going to get a little something from me are Jacqueline, Nta and Sybil. Please send me your postal addresses ๐Ÿ™‚ so I can pop something in the mail.

organised toy storage

This unit was decluttered and organised just before my twins’ 3rd birthday (they’re now 4) because I knew that more toys would be invading our house

Jacqueline wrote

Now that my little doll is 1 (and officially a toddler) how do I decide which toys to keep and which to get rid of and how do I organise her toys (and play space in a teeny tiny room) so that she doesnโ€™t get bored of them?


Jacqui, I love that you already realise you need to declutter.

The obvious ones are the broken toys or the ones that are now too babyish. You can donate the gently-loved toys to an orphanage or try to sell them if you have the energy to organise all of the admin that goes along with it. (I don’t!)

If you’re a sentimental organiser, take photos first ๐Ÿ™‚

That should give you some space to breathe.


However, if she still has too many toys and they’re all age appropriate, then rotate them.

I use big plastic bins (always rectangular) like these ones labelled with the type of toy – blocks, puzzles, cars, animals, dress-up, etc.

We rotate every 1 – 2 weeks. I always keep favourites like the Lego and other blocks out but the rest of it gets rotated so that 1) the kids don’t get bored and 2) all the toys out all the time doesn’t feel overwhelming for them.

The toys not being played with get stored in our cottage but you could easily push them under a bed or in the wardrobe.


For maintenance, remember the age-old organising rule: one in, one out.

Prepare for birthdays and Christmas by doing a good declutter and organise beforehand.

Hope this helps.

Any other tips and tricks for Jacqui?

Easy toy organisation – 3 things that work for me

Okay, so it’s 1 June and last night I had a mini goals retreat which sounds far fancier than it actually was, but it was interesting.
And so I’ll share with you on Monday how all that went.
In the meanwhie, let’s talk some more about toys, or rather, toy organisation.
These are the things that really are working for us right now so I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Declutter regularly

I found that my kids don’t play that much with their toys when they can’t see it all or when there’s too much.
I kind of get it – I also don’t want to work when my desk is messy or when there’s too much paper/ stuff.
My kids know I have a few rules – I toss anything broken – and I keep going through their stuff to see if they’ve outgrown any toys.
I regularly check if they’re still playing with something otherwise it gets donated to the orphanage our church supports.

2. Use large, clear containers

We used to use other containers but I’ve settled on these types for now.
I like that the kids can see what’s in there without messing up other things they don’t want to play with, and that they’re easy to transport to another area of the sunroom or lounge by using the handles.
please note totally unstaged, unposed REAL pics

3. Label liberally

Seriously, the kids’ toys used to drive me up the wall because I’d have to repack everything every week until one day.
I suddenly thought, what if I know where everything goes and I think everyone else does, but they actually don’t (or don’t care!)?
So I went on a labelling spree.
Please notice nothing is “perfect” – I just grabbed some printables from a party pack I bought, wrote on them with my own handwriting (no font!) and stuck them to the boxes with wide clear packing tape.
And since then, everything stays 95% organised. All of us (me, Dion and the nanny) now know how to direct the kids to pack their toys away (we don’t do anything for them that they can do themselves)
I made tags for puzzles, blocks, cars, balls (which I store in a bin/ wastepaper basket) and small, miscellaneous things.
If you have kids, here’s my challenge to you this weekend.
Use just one of my tips to restore some, or more, order ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy organising!

What are your favourite toy organising tips?

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