Organization

13 Playroom Ideas That Will Inspire Creative Play

I’m currently knee-deep (literally) in decluttering and trying to minimize our playroom. I’m looking for playroom ideas that will inspire my kids to learn through play.

I’m determined to create an organized space for my little ones to play creatively and learn about the world in the process.

I’ll be writing several posts about this process, because it has been quite the undertaking. I’ve been clearing out old toys, organizing a toy rotation system, setting up an arts and crafts station, and creating a space that emphasizes creative play and learning.

Like any modern mama, I hit Pinterest to find playrooms that inspired our space at home. I’ve found some really great ideas from other bloggers that I’m featuring today.

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While searching for playroom ideas, this was the first one that I fell in love with. I love the big chalkboard wall with the beautiful, colorful mural.

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This RUG. It makes this playroom pop. I also love that kids’ artwork is framed and placed on the wall.

Related: 12 Genius Kids’ Artwork Display Ideas

Kate Dreyer via Project Nursery

I love cubby bookshelves and I have a smaller version in our current playroom. I really love this large one in the above playroom. I’d imagine it would be hard for kids to get into the top cubbies.. but perhaps that is their genius point?

J and J Design Group via Project Nursery

This playroom features another cubby shelve with totes placed in the two bottom rows for grouping and storing toys.

What I love about this playroom is the seating. I’d love to have a cozy couch for my kids to curl up on in their playroom as well.

I also love the “play” sign as a focal point in the room.

The Sunny Side Up Blog

Organization BLISS. This is one of the most organized playrooms I have come across. Using plastic tubs and labeling them using chalkboard stickers keeps all the small toys sorted and organized.

Cup of Jo

I really like the idea of having a magnetic wall for educational magnets. We like these alphabet letters and these shapes.

Claire, Collected

I absolutely love this playroom. She uses a giant pegboard (you can find one at your local home improvement store) to display and store arts and crafts.

She also uses photo ledges to store books for easy access and display.

Domestic Objects

My daughter loves playing house and kitchen games. I’m working on finding a space to add a playhouse for her. I came across this canvas play house that would work perfectly and is easy to pack up and move if needed.

UpMotiveArt

Our playroom walls are full of alphabet and number artwork to inspire a little bit of learning throughout the day. I love this whimsical world map artwork for kids.

Pretty Little Row House

A reading nook is essential for our playroom. Instilling a love for reading is an important value I want my kids to have. I love this space in the above playroom. She uses a beautiful canopy hanging over a cozy beanbag.

Biggest Little Dreamer

Do you ever wonder what to do with the space below stairs? I love this cozy reading nook – especially that awesome wallpaper.

Chesapeak Chic

More organization bliss! Again we’re seeing chalkboard label stickers, because it’s so easy and inexpensive!

Chesapeak Chick

I love all the totes in this cubby shelf – all labeled and organized with hanging chalkboard labels.

7 Back to School Organization Tips Organized Moms Use

Summer is full of long days of play and activities and often time routine goes out the window. Back to school time means bringing order back to our days, which I secretly love.

There is a way to make back to school organization easier. These are my 8 must-do tips.

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1. Master the Back to School Morning Routine

I’ve found that if my morning goes smoothly, the rest of the day follows suit. Of course this doesn’t happen all the time, but I’ve found a solid morning routine helps make it happen more often than not.

The habits of a morning routine take a bit of time for the family to follow through with, but with practice it eventually becomes second nature

The biggest two tips I have for morning routines are:

  1. Create a morning schedule
  2. Prep all you can the night & week before (we’ll discuss in the next section)

The Morning Schedule

The morning schedule has been the most important part of our day. If we don’t follow through with it, everything else sort of goes downhill for us.

The most important part of the morning schedule is to continuously verbalize the expectations of the morning, until they become habit.

Once they become habit, you’ll see that easy flow more mornings than not.

For little ones, a visual schedule and checklist works wonders!

2. Prep the Night Before

Things you can prep the night (or even week) before:

1. Breakfast

A quick and healthy breakfast is my jam for my little ones, but busy mornings make eating healthy a challenge.

Prepping a few healthy breakfast options a couple times per week has solved this problem for me.

Here are a few ideas you can use:

  • Quick Oats
  • Quiche
  • Oatmeal cups
  • Pre-made whole grain pancakes

2. Outfits

Create a weekly routine, where every Sunday night you have your kids pick out the clothes they’ll wear for the week. You can check the weather prior to get a better idea of what type of clothes to choose.

Use a labeled clothing organizer to separate the outfits by day.

Better Homes & Gardens

3. Lunches

One of my absolute favorite tips is from Eazy Peazy Mealz (pictured above). She has bins of food from each food group for her kids to pick out their own lunches.

This fosters a sense of independence in our little ones and gives them the power of choice as well.

Have them choose their options and pack their own lunch boxes the night before.

4. Backpacks Packed

Give each little one the responsibility of packing their own backpack the evening before.

Completed homework, gym shoes, whatever they’ll need at school the next day should go in their bags.

4. The Command Center

Family Command Center
Source: Pottery Barn

The command center is your family’s hub where you keep your entire lives organized. It can be used to house:

  • System for incoming and outgoing paperwork
  • Monthly and weekly calendar
  • Meal planning
  • Reminders
  • & More!

Having everything in one place and organized like this will make your day-to-day much smoother.

6. Create a Solid After School Routine

Just like the morning routine is essential to a smooth sailing day, the after school routine is important as well.

This will look different for each family, depending on the ages of your kids and the type of extracurricular activities you have.

Create a scheduled routine that become habit for your kids, regardless of the activities.

It could look as simple as something like this:

  • Snack
  • Quiet Time/Personal Time
  • Homework
  • Get Dressed for Soccer
  • Soccer Practice
  • Dinner
  • Bath
  • Bed

Visual schedules for little ones work great for afternoon and evening activities as well!

I came across this routine clock by Kids Activities Blog and I think it’s genius. Lucy continuously asks, “What is the clock going to say?” in her sweet 4 year old voice. This is her way of asking how long an activity is going to take, so I think she’ll really take to a routine clock.

7. Homework Station

Creating a homework station (like this one by Fireflies and Mud Pies) can be a solution to keep your little one’s organized, so when they sit down to complete homework their minds are free to focus on the task at hand.

Keep the space free from clutter and add their essential supplies they need to complete homework.

I’ve seen people use the infamous rolling cart to add supplies, as well as lazy susans, bookcases and drawer units.

What back to school organization tips do you implement in your home?

Baby Closet Organization Ideas (7 Must-Try Tips)

Baby closet organization ideas to help you prepare the nursery for baby! Learn tips on how to organize baby clothes, organize a small baby closet, use dividers in baby’s closet, and maximize your nursery closet storage. #babyclosetorganizationideas #babycloset #nurserycloset #nursery

When I was preparing spaces for both of my little ones, I remember searching for baby closet organization ideas. I literally attempted to try them all. Many things did not stick, but a few things became essential to maintain for my own sanity.

My oldest is 3.5 years old and I still apply these baby closet organization ideas to her “big girl” closet, because it’s a seamless system that helps us stay organized — or should I say, as much as possible!

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11 Clever Book Storage Ideas for Kids

11 awesome kids book storage ideas. These book display ideas cover creative ways to store your kids books on walls, on shelves, in crates and more. These DIY book storage ideas will inspire your kids playroom, nursery, or bedroom! #kidsbooksstorage

I’m passionate about spreading my love of reading to my children, so we own a ton of books. Right now they are spread all throughout the house in random baskets and on their playroom bookshelf. I desperately need to find kid book storage ideas that will work well in our home!

I’m looking for a solution that will organize their books for easy access, but also something that will allow us to display them beautifully, so they blend in with the playroom decor. If we take the time to take great care of their books, they’ll understand that reading is an important and special activity and hopefully will learn to love reading.

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