It is the month of goals and resolutions and one of our goals as a family for the New Year is to declutter and purge all the rooms in our home. One of those rooms is a room that is full of fun! The playroom! Now, do not get me wrong, I LOVE that we have an extra room for a playroom because our kids are blessed with a ton of toys and sometimes this room gets so out of control we just shut the door instead of cleaning it up. Guilty!! Thankfully, National Get Organized month falls in January which gives me even more motivation to get organized! After all the Christmas presents were open the room looked like it exploded. Yikes. Lucky for the kids, their playroom is the first room on our list to declutter and organize.
There, I did it, I showed the world our giant mess of a playroom. So, how have we started making this room into a more usable space for the kids to actually have room to play and enjoy their toys? Well, we started purging and organizing. This has been a huge task and while we have made progress, it is still a work in progress but if you use these super easy Tips for Organizing and Purging the Playroom you will feel like the baby steps are truly helping the giant mess.
Get Kids Involved:
This first tip is so important in my opinion. At a certain age, 3 for our son, we were able to make purging and organizing his toys a teachable moment. We took him into the playroom and told him to look around, guess what he said? "I have a lot of toys!" Yes, you do kiddo!! Then we discussed that some kids do not have toys like him and when we have too many toys we never play with the toys we have so we should donate them. Since we have discussed donations to him, he really gets it! So, get those kids in the playroom with you. Discuss the reasons for decluttering. Something for parents to be aware of - the 80/20 rule. If the toys are not organized well or in complete chaos, kids end up spending 80 percent of their time playing with 20 percent of their toys while the other 80 percent go unused. Just something to keep in mind.
To make the sorting process easier, especially with kids, I have found that having baskets or containers for the process is a great help. Make one basket for donations and one for keeping. Also, for small parts and missing parts I like to have another small container to keep those for when you are done sorting. This process is how I get my kids involved in cleaning and organizing as well. I hold up a ball, for example, and ask Jude if he thinks he needs this ball and if he puts it in the KEEP basket I ask him to find another ball that he could donate to another child. He does and it works!! Amazing!! A great way to purge and get organized!
One Junk Basket:
Who needs junk? Well we all do admit it, how many of us have junk drawers in our house? I have a couple, something we need to work on but back to the playroom. There are toys from fast food joints, prizes buckets and birthday parties that kids love and parents HATE. My solution - ONE Junk Basket. We have one basket in the playroom that can be filled to the brim with junk toys but if it gets too full we have to go through it and purge and donate. This has worked well with Jude, he understands that if the basket gets too full and he wants to add the newest prize he got from school he has to get rid of another item or two.
Label Label Label:
When I made this goal of getting organized and decluttering the entire house in 2015 I decided I needed to Label all the things! Seriously. When first opened the P-Touch Label Maker by Brother I was so excited to get into that playroom! I knew this was a solution for that room as well as all the other rooms in the house. Once I started using this I felt so grown-up, my very first Label Maker. This Label Maker is ON POINT too. Simply insert the loaded tape cartridge, that comes in multiple colors, and 6 AAA batteries and you are good to go!! Get your label on!! The built in tape cutter makes labeling easy and you can even change fonts and add cute graphics to the labels. This label maker has made me so motivated to get this playroom organized so I can move to the next room with my P-Touch.
Not only do these labels make my job as the parent easier but as both of the kids grow and learn how to read it will make their playroom even better for them!
Let It Go:
Did you sing? I did. That's it parents. LET IT GO!! Sure you might want to keep some of those favorite toys and books that you have memories with but let's be real, we cannot keep it all. Sometimes it is the parents that have the hardest time giving up the toys and books that are making the playroom messy and cluttered. Set aside a large rubbermaid box for each child and fill that up through out their childhood. These will be perfect for when they have their own kids. Only the favorites will make it into that box! You can do it - Let It Go!!
I am proud of our progress in the playroom and believe it will be the hardest room to complete but we are getting there and this Brother P-Touch Label Maker is just what I needed to really get motivated and organized.
Now it is your turn to #GetOrganized!
Brother Label Maker Giveaway:To celebrate National Get Organized Month, Brother is giving away a P-Touch label maker every day in January as well as a Grand Prize pack worth up to $2000. Enter here and find out more! Good Luck!
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What room or organizing project would you use a P-Touch Label Maker on?