One of our favorite places for home ideas and tips is the blog IHeart Organizing, which is run by mom-of-three Jen Jones. From DIY to organizing and decorating, it’s chuck full of inspiring posts, many of which we find especially useful when doing organizing projects with kids. We’ve rounded up a couple of our favorites and put them together in this convenient list:
Young kids always seem to leave a trail of clutter wherever they go, whether they be small toys, stuffed animals or books. Tidy up the area and teach your little one responsibility early on with the aid of a pick-up helper. Read more about it here.
This is a great way to designate a place for books that make them easy to reach and easy to put away: add a hanging book storage. Jen shows you how to DIY it with a wooden crate and some paint. Read how here.
Make it easier for kids to organize their books by installing hooks. Hooks are easy to use and they’re very versatile. Use them to hang your child’s school bag, umbrellas, rain coats, IDs, storage bags and anything else. Jen swears by hooks and says she has one in almost every room in the house. For her kids’ bedroom, she placed them on the wall behind the door to utilize the otherwise unused space. Read about it here.
The best way to organize a messy drawer is with a tray organizer. However, if you’re like Jen and find that you have more supplies than you have room for, consider adding a second layer to your drawer. This way you have twice the storage room by utilizing the vertical space. Here’s how.
Kids have tons of stuff, and toys make up a majority of it. Make clean-up time easier and keep the playroom organized in the process with the help of labeled baskets. Jen suggests using bins of durable quality (to withstand the many hours of play) and using pictures as labels. See how she did hers here.
Got a teenager? Consider a wired wall organizer near the bedroom door. According to Jen, it makes a great drop zone for al the random items teens seems to have with them. It’s also great for on-the-go item storage like the school bag, a cap, a water bottle and keys. See the one in Jen's teenage son's room here.
Find your kids' room littered with art and craft supplies? Make craft items more accessible and organize a space for all your child's art supplies at the same time by creating a craft cabinet. Jen shows you how here.
No room for a craft cabinet? A craft caddy serves the same purpose. Add a bit of flair to your craft caddy by painting it with chalkboard paint. Finish by doodling or writing on it. Store it on your child’s study table or next to a pad of drawing paper. The handle on your craft caddy makes it easy to carry around too. See Jen's here.
Jen has loads of tips when organizing your child's closet. One is making room for bins for sorting clothes by type. She also created her own clothing tags for preparing outfits the night before, and using clothes pins to pair tops with bottoms. Another is to use huggable hangers to prevent clothes from slipping off.
Clothes drawers are notoriously messy. One useful tip is to “file” them instead of stacking them on top of each other. This way, you wouldn’t have to go through the whole stack just to find that one shirt you’re looking for. You can also consider adding adjustable dividers just like Jen did for her son’s drawer. See it here.