Mess is often synonymous with a child’s room but who can blame them? Just like children, their rooms have evolving personalities, tripling up as the bedroom, study room and play area. Which means, unlike other areas of the house, it’s thrice as hard to declutter and define spaces. Swedish home furniture giant, IKEA, have some simple, practical tips to reorganise your kids’ room, starting with getting your kids on board with tidying up their space as it helps them gain a sense of responsibility and self-esteem.

Mess is often synonymous with a child’s room but who can blame them? Just like children, their rooms have evolving personalities, tripling up as the bedroom, study room and play area. Which means, unlike other areas of the house, it’s thrice as hard to declutter and define spaces. Swedish home furniture giant, IKEA, have some simple, practical tips to reorganise your kids’ room, starting with getting your kids on board with tidying up their space as it helps them gain a sense of responsibility and self-esteem.

1. Invest in storage solutions

Smart storage solutions are the key to taming the jumble of toys, clothes and books in your child’s room. Opt for furniture that have a variety of storage functions such as a deep storage bench and movable containers with castors that make it easy to carry toys from place to place and stow them away in, making tidying up a breeze. You can also save on floor space by using wall cabinets, shelves and baskets on hooks to place items that kids don’t use often.

TROFAST is an IKEA classic to keep toys in order.

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2. Define areas for play, study and sleep

It’s easy for boundaries between the three functions of a kid’s room to overlap, but there are countless ways to ensure you get maximum functionality out of the minimal space available.

• Always ensure you use furniture suited to children’s size and they’re easily movable if children need more space to play and move in.

• Invest in storage solutions for new hobbies or interests such as football or playing a musical instrument.

• Boxes, hooks and bags help keep the different items kids need for school, such as bags, sports gear and shoes sorted separately and ready to use when needed.

• With SKÅDIS pegboard and accessories, kids can hang up pictures or photographs on the board and easily change or update them to reflect new accomplishments and experiences.

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3. Closets and cupboards

Most children start dressing on their own aged three or four, which means storage for clothes always need to be at their height so they can choose their own outfits. Older children need more space and different types of storage for clothing — in addition to shelves and drawers, more hanging space may be needed for skirts, dresses and blouses, and for jackets, trousers and shirts. You can make best use of closet space by using boxes that will help keep a wardrobe’s drawers and cabinets organised and are handy for accessories, footwear etc.

Wardrobe Dh395
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4. Cater to all ages

Often, two or more kids share a room, so storage solutions should cater to different heights. Place valuable or fragile games, or electronic equipment that cannot be used without supervision, out of reach of small children. Shelves are convenient to store toys and books for older kids and to make it safer for younger siblings who share the room, place corner bumpers on sharp edges.

Box with compartments Dh29 for pack of 2
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5. Labels and colour coding

The easiest way to avoid clutter and confusion is keeping track of things and knowing which drawer or shelf stores a certain item. To avoid rummaging through neatly organised shelves, methodically label them with colourful stickers that you can write on with chalk. Transparent or different-coloured storage containers also make it easier for children to sort items and to find what they are looking for.

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6. More room for gadgets

With gadgets such as phones, tablets and laptops now becoming an integral part of their lives, kids need practical storage solutions for their gizmos. The MÖJLIGHET bed pocket that can be hung over a bed ensures kids always have your book, tablet and headphones within easy reach — even if they’re sleeping on the top part of the bunk bed. The MÖJLIGHET steel stand is a great addition to bookcases or desks to hold tablets and headphones.

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