Budget-friendly storage solutions for girls’ toys, school items and clothes?
I am a mom of 4 girls (ages 7-2) and we home school. What practical suggestions can you give to keep toys, school items, and clothes tidy and easily accessible without spending much money (say under $50)? The girls have 2 bunk beds in one room and the other room is a school/guest room.
Wow! Sounds like you have a busy household. The first thing that comes to mind is to maximize the available space you have. I’m thinking wall shelving and/or tall bookcases with adjustable shelves are the way to go for storing toys and school items. Once you have your shelving or bookcase in place, the most cost effective approach is to take measurements of the shelves and shop a dollar or department store for colorful bins and baskets to coordinate with the room decor.
Consider a variety of storage containers from open bins with handles to storage boxes that can be stacked. Clear jars and containers are also good for identifying items and small organizers (like the kind used in drawers) are great for keeping things organized within larger boxes or bins.
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Since your daughters’ have bunk beds, I’d suggest installing at the head of each sleeping area individual narrow book shelves for night time reading (along with pocket lights) as well as thin cork boards (it’s can be a fun DIY project) or magnetic circles or squares for displaying notes and photos as the girls grow up.
Under the bed storage bins are ideal for storing school papers. For artwork and other school related items you wish to display, consider putting up a thin rope with clothes pegs.
For small items consider purchasing a multiple pocket organizer for the back of a door to keep small school related items handy.
Other recommendations include adding a second closet rod in your kids’ closet as well as two hanging closet organizers on both sides of the rod for each daughter. The Land of Nod offers narrow and wide hanging canvas organizers and canvas drawers in a variety of colors. You could give each child a different color.
Speaking of colors, color coding storage containers it a great way to keep things organized with multiple children.
Although some of the storage solutions and kids organizing ideas I’ve given you are for older children, I have hopefully provided you with some good ideas for keeping your girls’ rooms organized as they grow.