7 Playroom Organization Ideas & Decluttering Hacks

Today I’m going to take you guys along with me as I do a major playroom organization project. This is going to be an extreme decluttering. I hope it gives you some motivation if you’ve been trying to tackle a playroom or some other part of your home.

Messy playroom

Messy playroom

I did this decluttering shortly after Christmas so there was some additional clutter. I wish I could say that the playroom doesn’t always look this bad, but it feels like it’s always like this. Every few weeks I get it organized, trying new organizing and decluttering techniques but it always ends up being a huge mess again almost immediately.

How to organize a playroom

I struggle with anxiety. When the playroom is a mess, even if I close the door and can’t see it, it causes me so much stress. So every few weeks I end up going in with a trash bag and clearing out as much as I can. I will find new homes for everything, try some new organizing techniques and I’ll share some of my tips and tricks with you here.

Too many toys

1. Too many toys

My husband has a major Facebook Marketplace addiction. He finds really great toys for amazing prices. It’s great for when the kids’ birthdays roll around or at Christmas time. The problem is that he goes overboard, and we end up with way too much stuff that just sits around taking up space.

I know getting rid of things would help with our clutter problems, but I have such a hard time letting things go. I always think that the kids will start playing with things again, so I end up holding on to everything. If you have any good tricks and hacks for controlling the clutter let me know in the comments section.

Organizing a playroom with rolling carts

2. Rolling carts

This rolling cart from Amazon has been one of my favorite organizing purchases. I’ve been using it as a place to keep all of the crayons, markers, paint, glue, and whatever else the kids need to do homework or work on projects. It’s become a sort of portable workstation.

I can keep it in the playroom to store it, or I can wheel it out into the kitchen so that they can work in there while I’m cooking and cleaning.

Organizing a playroom with organizing bags

Organizing bags

3. Organizing bags

After I threw out whatever I was able to let go of, I sorted everything into bins of like items. I got these organizing bags from Amazon that I’m going to use to store items together. They’re a good size because they’re not too big and not too small, and they zip closed.

My goal here is to get things organized and put most of the items away and out of sight, only leaving out the toys that the kids use very frequently.

Organizing puzzles and games

I also used those bags to store puzzles and games. The boxes for the puzzles and games take up a lot of space. It’s impossible to get them to look organized because they are all different shapes and sizes and colors. They also break, tear and look messy. I think moving them to these bags was a great solution.

4. Label everything

I tried cutting just the labels from the boxes and putting them in the bags so we could see which games were in the bags, but that didn’t work out so well. Instead, I would recommend using a label maker.

Sometimes all this organizing feels like a waste of time because I know this playroom will become a cluttered mess again very quickly. It does help to bring things back to square one every once in a while though because if I didn’t it would just get worse and worse. Sometimes you just have to get in there and do it even though you know it won’t last.

Organizing a playroom with big bags

5. Big bags

A few weeks ago I bought some bags that are really meant for storing comforters, sheets, and things like that. They’re huge, so I decided to buy them to use for storing large toys because they’re way cheaper than large storage totes. They are literally a quarter of the price and they work really well.

Organizing a playroom with shelves and storage bins

6. Storage bins

We have this toy storage shelf with removable bins. I am not crazy about it because I feel like the bins are too big and when they’re filled up they look messy. But when you’re frugal and on a budget, often you just have to make do with what you have. Maybe someday I’ll figure out a method to keep the bins more organized.

I did this cleaning project over the course of multiple days. Don’t feel bad if you can’t get a major decluttering done all at once. Give yourself time and grace.

Cleaning the floor

This sounds funny, but it’s so gratifying when I can start to see the floor. That’s when I know I’ve made progress. With most of the clutter cleared it is looking so much better.

Organizing a playroom with curtains

7. Curtains

I still had one little project I wanted to do to get the room looking nice. The closet in the playroom doesn’t have doors. I decided I wanted to cover up the storage in the closet to make the room look nicer. Without doors, it makes the entire room feel like the kids are just playing in a storage room.

I got a shower curtain tension rod and two shower curtains. I put up the rod and attached the two shower curtains so they can be opened like doors. I think it makes the room look a lot nicer.

Tidy playroom

Playroom organization

Playroom organization

I hope you enjoyed reading about my playroom organization and are able to use some of my tips and tricks to help get your own spaces organized. Organizing and decluttering are never-ending processes. It can feel frustrating at times, but I think it helps to share.

If you have any stories or ideas you would like to share with me please leave a comment. Let’s support each other! 

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  • Gail Gail on Jun 13, 2023

    Good for you!!! You took me for a trip down memory lane. I am in my 70s now, but have walked in your shoes in my younger days. I still have toys around for when my great grandchildren come or friends with children. I know it can be stressing, but take a deep breathe and just know that in years to come you will have many memories of your little ones playing in that room. Sit back, watch them play, and enjoy the moment. In years to come, you will smile while remembering. God bless.