Most parents know that the quest to keep their child's room clean is a never-ending one. Learning organizational skills often takes time and practice, but kids also need to have easy storage options (and enough of them) to keep everything neat. With so much stuff and so little space to put it in, it's no wonder that your kids' bedrooms may be overflowing! We're sharing five tips today that will help you encourage order in what may be the messiest room of your home.

Sort everything and simplify when you can

First things first: to organize effectively, you'll need to decide what to keep, what to store elsewhere, what to donate, and what to throw away. Your child's room is likely on the small side, yet they probably have enough toys, clothes, games, and books to fill an entire first floor. British research found that the average 10-year-old owns a staggering 238 toys but only plays with 12 on a daily basis. With that many items in one cramped space, it's going to be nearly impossible to obtain all of the storage you need, even if you fill every square inch of the room with organizational furniture and hobby organizers. Therefore, you'll need to sort! Out-of-season clothing and specialty items can be stored elsewhere in your home, while outgrown toys, clothes, and books can be given to family members or donated to charity.

Use storage options that pull double duty

Like we mentioned above, most children's rooms aren't very spacious -- and many don't have a lot of built-in storage. One solution is to use multifunctional furniture for small spaces like these. For example, choose a table with built-in hidden storage or cubes and benches with compartments inside to store books, toys, or crafts. To make use of every inch of space, you can even use corner organizers that double as nightstands or end tables, or wall storage options that keep items off the floor while adding a sense of color and whimsy to the room. You can also buy bookcases online that can hold books, toys, knick-knacks, and more to show off their collections. The key is making storage more accessible and incredibly functional all at once.

Label everything

Even if you have lots of organization options, they can quickly turn into the equivalent of That Dreaded Kitchen Drawer That Holds Everything if you aren't careful. Labeling your three drawer organizers and cubes when possible can keep them from becoming a catch-all for junk. You can really get creative here by using chalkboard paint, placards, or anything your child will love to designate these spots for specific items. In their closet, this method can also come in handy when organizing clothes for the week!

Make storage part of playtime

You'll be much more successful at keeping your child's room organized if you don't make it feel like a chore. You can incorporate these concepts into playtime by being clever with your use of organization furniture, cubes, baskets, and more. In your child's play kitchen or pretend classroom, you can use storage cubes and bins to hold fake food, books and supplies, plastic dishes, and teaching aides. If you make these items part of the actual design of the space, rather than an afterthought used only to put toys away, your child will be more likely to use them regularly.

Choose options that fit their needs

This may go without saying, but the organizational needs of children are very different from those of adults. That means their organization furniture should be on their level with their requirements in mind. It's really about fun and function, rather than a streamlined aesthetic. Make sure their organization furniture, cubes, and bins are appropriate for their height and age.

Not only will these tips make organization a lot simpler, but they'll also turn it into a fun and attractive part of the room's design. Before you can get to sorting and storing, you'll need high-quality craft organization systems first. We've got you covered, from organization furniture to bookcases, cubes, and more. Contact us today to get started.