It never ceases to amaze how something so small can collect so much stuff. Toys, books and clothes seem to litter the house of any parent, no matter how tidy they were in their Before-Baby-Days. Rather than let your house become a tripping hazard, there are a few simple tips that can help hide that baby clutter.
Think Outside the (Toy) Box
Toy boxes at one point were de rigueur but these days, you don’t have to buy one to hide their toys. Kid-sized storage benches or small ottomans can double as seating in their rooms while providing a large, hidden space to store their things. Setting these up in their room can also cut down on the trains and trucks strewn throughout the rest of the house.
Drawers and Shelves
If your nursery is small, there are still many ways to incorporate usable storage. Look for a crib that comes with a drawer underneath the bed; this is a great place for extra blankets and linens that otherwise take up quite a bit of room. Buy a change table that has drawers underneath; another great use of storage space. And installing a bookshelf or shelves on the wall can keep books and other keepsakes in order, while at the same time adding personal style and décor to the room.
Bins, Tubs and Baskets, Oh My!
Luckily, bins and baskets come in all shapes, sizes and colours these days. Choose a bunch that fit the décor of your living or rec room and can be stored under the coffee table or on a low shelf – within easy throwing distance. Picking up and tossing clutter has never been so easy; and the evidence is out of plain sight.
Hooks and Hangers
If you have a small space, utilize every possible area. Over-the-door hooks are a great way to store jackets, hooded towels, hats and much more. Double, or even triple up on items on hangers in the closet (a great benefit to their clothes being so tiny), leaving more room in drawers for things that don’t hang as easily like shoes and socks.
Toddlers will get into just about anything. Especially in the kitchen. Try keeping one cupboard child-friendly – with kitchen items that are unbreakable like spoons, pots and pans, and even their own dishes. If they have an area that’s ok for them to play in, they’ll be less likely to make a mess of the entire room.
Teach Your Children Well
Praise your children from a young age for helping put their things away. There’s even a song – ‘It’s time to put our toys away; we’ll play with them another day’. Fingers crossed, they may grow up wanting as neat and tidy a house as you do!