A Playroom Fit for a Trio of Modern GirlsTransitional Kids, Orange County
An all-encompassing playroom for a trio of lucky little girls. This Orange County family gave up their large living room in order to create the ultimate playroom. Photos by Brian Claassen
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Day 2: Sort and conquerKey concept – Top 10: If you’re working with your child to pare back belongings, try introducing the concept of the top 10. This will gently shift the focus from the things your child is giving away to zero in on what is most important. Kids older than about age 4 (depending on the child, of course) can really get into making lists and picking favourites. For instance, have your child pick out his or her top 10 favourite stuffed animals and display them prominently. Meanwhile, the other 40 can be shifted into a box in another cupboard or given away. There’s no need to be super-strict about it – 11 or 12 is fine. Just trying to stay within a certain number can be a great help. Decluttering tasks: After the big work of decluttering on Day 1, your child’s room should be looking noticeably better. Now is the time to make some refinements and find a home for everything that’s left. Continue winnowing down toys, games and clothes using the top 10 method.Make a separate stack of clothes your child hasn’t quite grown into yet and put them somewhere accessible – but not mixed with the clothes that fit now.Store like with like. Board games on one shelf, puzzles on another and so on.Categorise small toys and put them in separate bins or baskets (for instance, small plastic animals in one, racing cars in another).
Love labelsWhether visible or behind closed doors, labelling your boxes, files, drawers and folders will make it super quick for you to locate paperwork and other items. This is also very helpful if you live with others, as it will be clear to everyone where things are kept. Feel free to make your labelling as minimalist or pretty as you like, but try to stick to a uniform style in the same area. Tell us…Do you have any systems in place at home that help you stay organised? Share your ideas in the Comments section.