We are organizing kids’ bedrooms for Day 12 of this free 30-day series on how to get an organized and clean home for the New Year. If you’ve just found this site, here’s the series overview with links to previous days’ missions. It’s never too late to start!
Every day’s mission has four parts to it:
Organize What’s Left
Clean the Space
Keep on Track
Ready to ROCK your kids’ bedroom?
If you have more than one child, it’s perfectly fine to take more than one day to complete this mission.
It’s also perfectly fine to have more than one glass of wine or
Should You Make Them Help?
I’m a big believer in having kids pitch in around the house. But sometimes you just want the job done without all the complaining. So it’s your call whether to work together or do it for them.
You can have them remove clutter and clean a bit, then step in and show them how to finish the job. That way they get a chance to recognize the things they’d skipped, and you aren’t acting like their maid.
Gather Your Supplies
- Trash bags
- Boxes for items you’ll donate
Removing clutter at this point should be fairly painless since we’ve already organized their clothes and toys. Start by looking around the room and grabbing anything that belongs in the closets, dressers, or toy box and put those things where they belong. (Bonus points if you have your child do it!)
Next, let’s get more specific about organizing kids’ bedrooms by removing even more things that don’t belong:
- Throw away trash.
- Gather things that belong in other rooms and put them in a box. Set this aside for them to put away at the end of the day.
- Get rid of anything that’s broken. Keeping such things encourages your kid to think of their room as a dumping ground.
- Box up for donation any décor that they’ve outgrown. Tastes change as we grow up, so don’t make your kid put up with teddy bear decorations if they no longer like them.
- Get rid of things they can’t clean. If having your child clean his/her bedroom is a goal, don’t fill it with porcelain figurines or fussy knickknacks.
- Move things for storage to storage. Stashing the Christmas decorations under their bed sends the message that you are really in charge of keeping their rooms clean and organized. Move things that aren’t theirs out of their bedroom and put them in charge of keeping their bedrooms clean.
Organizing kids’ bedrooms room is easy when you think about the room as functional zones. They need a study zone, a zone to get dressed in, and a zone for playtime. Put things in the zone where they’re used, remove things that don’t belong in a zone, and you’re 90% done!
The study zone: Set up a table or desk for your kids to do homework. Make sure their books and writing supplies are within reach. Be sure they also have task lighting — an overhead light casts shadows which can make reading hard on the eyes. A lamp with storage and a charging outlet makes efficient use of the space. Put a trash can within reach.
The dressing zone: If possible, move the dresser close to the closet. Getting ready for school is much faster if they’re not wandering around their room in search of clothes for the day! Add a full-length mirror if their of an age where their “look” matters. Put the laundry hamper in this zone to keep them from dumping dirty clothes on the floor.
The play zone: Position toy boxes near toy shelves or cubbies. If you’re using a hammock for stuffed animals or other vertical storage ideas, keep them in this zone. You can subtly reinforce the zone boundaries by putting a washable play mat on the floor, too.
Under-bed storage: As mentioned above, it’s not a good idea to use your kids’ bedroom as extra storage space. The one exception to this is storing things they haven’t yet grown into or out-of-season clothing. Use covered under-bed storage containers to keep such things accessible for when you need them.
Cleaning is so much easier after you unclutter and organize kids’ bedrooms! Once they get in the habit of putting things away before bed, it’ll only take a few minutes to give their bedrooms an excellent cleaning.
(Want your kids to clean their own bedrooms? I’ve got a cleaning checklist just for them.)
- Dust the ceiling, ceiling fan, walls, windowsills, and doors.
- Wipe smudges from the walls, light switches, and doorknobs using a microfiber cloth and cleaning spray.
- Clean the inside of windows along with any other glass surfaces.
- Wipe the top of tables, desks, and nightstands.
- Change the bed linens.
- Vacuum or sweep then mop the floor.
- Empty the trash.
Keep it Clean
Keeping things picked up and tidy throughout the week takes just a few minutes each day. We aren’t re-cleaning things; we are resetting them. This step is just a matter of buzzing through places we’ve already ROCKed to ensure they still look good.
Entryway and coat closet: Pick up things that don’t belong. Make sure things are hung up. Sweep up any messes.
Dining table: Grab things that don’t belong on the table. Wipe the surface.
The kitchen: Put things away in the cupboards. Wipe the countertops, cupboard and drawer handles, and appliance fronts. Sweep up messes.
Family Room/Living Room: Grab things that don’t belong. Clear tabletops. Straighten pillows and throw blankets.
Guest bathroom: Check supplies. Use a disinfecting wipe on the faucets and sink basin. Use another wipe on the toilet seat and rim.
Kids’ bedrooms: Everything hung up in the closet? Make sure clothes are put away there or in the dresser. Pick up toys. Throw away trash. Have them put away things that don’t belong in their bedroom.
Wrap it up by returning things you found out of place or, if your kids are the ones leaving stuff lying around, have them do some chores that kids can do or one-minute chores to earn their things back.
See You Tomorrow
We’ll be organizing and cleaning bathrooms tomorrow. Ugh, right? If you need some encouragement, join our Do Home Better Group on Facebook. We cheer each other through all sorts of homemaking tasks!