Since tomorrow’s 4 Moms, 35 Kids open house area is bedrooms (you are going to link up, aren’t you?), I thought I’d share some of our tips to make it easier to keep large family bedrooms tidy. I’m no expert in this area. Although I’ve had 15 years experience managing bedroom cleanliness, the master bedroom has still been known to get out of control.
Many of these ideas have come about because we have multiple children sharing each bedroom, but they can be help in many different situations. Some of these we implement and others we wish we could.
Tips for tidy bedrooms:
- Incorporate hooks – perfect for coats, robes, purses, hats and other often used items, each of the bedrooms in our home has a set of hooks.
- Keep bed-making simple – (Tip for kids and bed making)
- Limit toys, crafts, projects, etc. stored in the bedroom (I prefer none)
- Limit the amount of clothing each person owns – This makes it easier for everyone to manage their own clothing and increases the possibility that drawers and closets won’t be overcrowded.
- Implement a family closet – this completely eliminates clothes in the bedrooms.
- Keep dressers in the closet – This frees up floor space and helps make the room look tidier especially if you have children who don’t close their drawers all the way.
- Create shelving at the top of the room to display fragile items, stuffed animals, etc.
- Use, but don’t overuse the closet – This is especially true in kids rooms. If kids can’t get what they need in and out of the closet easily then the closet is headed for disaster.
- Give each child (and yourself) a designated space to store their junk priceless treasures. Keep the space limited, but allow them to keep whatever they wish. ( I have had to put my foot down and make it clear that organic matter is NOT allowed.)
- Use competition – We have a marvelous way to encourage our children to clean their rooms. They are even motivated to help their siblings clean their bedrooms.
- If all else fails, close the door.
What tips do you have for keeping bedrooms tidy or do you just use #11?