Every year after Christmas, we spend some time with our kids going through all their toys.
They separate them into piles to keep or donate to children in need, and they’re normally pretty good with the process.
They know it’s something we do constantly, and they know how important it is to give what they don’t play with to a child in need.
We are so thankful to have a dedicated playroom for the girls, and because of how loved it is, I haven’t really spent much time giving the space meaning.
I had basically lined the room with baskets for toys when we moved in and called it a day.
But after seeing the new items that were given to the girls over Christmas, simply continuing to fill those baskets wouldn’t do. This room needed order.
So I challenged myself to organize this little space in the most simple of ways, define some spaces, and use what I already had on hand (for the most part).
And this is what I came up with.
HOW I ORGANIZED OUR PLAYROOM IN ONE WEEKEND WITH SIMPLE UPDATES
I started out feeling the need to build some shelves to get some of the toys off the floor.
They were taking up so much space that the girls had little room to actually play.
So I looked around my home and found these brackets from DIY Cartel. I used the 11 3/8″ x 6″ brackets.
Then I knew I had 3/4″ sanded plywood in the garage. I cut it down to create 2 48″x11″ shelves. I screwed them into studs and secured the boards to the brackets with screws so they wouldn’t budge.
Then I found some baskets to add to them and categorized toys as needed, putting the toys that were used the least on the top shelf.
I got just about all the baskets in our playroom from Target!
Here are the ones I used…
Large 13″ baskets to hold doll accessories on the floor under the shelves and legos on the craft table.
13″ shallow baskets for the bottom shelf to hold larger toys.
11″ shallow baskets for the top shelf to hold smaller toys and for the arts and crafts on the built-ins.
Small white baskets for additional lego storage on the craft table.
Pink wall baskets for play food for the kitchen.
And wire baskets for more play kitchen items.
I was tired of all the girls’ dress-up clothing being shoved into a trunk, so I grabbed this curtain rod to attach to the wall to hang up the dresses!
So simple that I’m mad I never thought of it before! Then the rest of the accessories folded nicely into our trunk. Easy!
We had an old magazine wall rack that was multiple colors. I grabbed some black spray paint and gave it a makeover! Simple and easy!
We were gifted these hot pink polka dot bean bag chairs for Christmas. And even though I’m okay with some color in the playroom, these were a little much!
So I grabbed a drop cloth and quickly covered them without sewing!
I simply covered the chairs in the fabric and tied the excess fabric behind and underneath them. They’re not perfect, but they work way better now!
We kept the decor as is and used things we had on hand because this is not my space – it belongs to the girls.
And even though I would love everything to be nice and cohesive, that simply isn’t practical in a playroom!
But I do have a few things in here that I simply love that are still available…
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and remember – you don’t have to break the bank to update a space. It doesn’t need to be perfect or magazine-worthy. It just needs to work for you.
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