Smart Playroom Ideas and Organization
Inside: Playroom ideas, storage and design ideas for kids. Affiliate links are listed in this post. Read more in my disclosure policy.
It was time.
It was weeks after Christmas and the room looked more like a walk-in closet than a playroom.
Duplos lingered into the hallway, and pictures were beginning to hang sideways; mostly due to me haphazardly nailing them to the wall.
Now, I wasn’t about to fully Marie Kondo this room.
But I was about to go in strong. My goal was to get rid of things that have been lingering for years and have the room become more intentional.
2 kids ago there was a rhythm to this room that had been lost. Since then, we have been overloaded and it was time to get organized.
Time to seize the day!
And give this room a serious makeover.
Do all families need a playroom?
They certainly do not!
My intent is to help you organize ideas, share uses for storage and inspire design wherever that may be. Take this post and make it work for you and your space.
RELATED: You’ll want to check out the details from our Art Cart.
Before diving into the details of what’s inside, let’s talk about why this is all matters.
Back in 2001 I was a young, impressional new educator teaching Kindergarten.
It was my first year teaching, and so naturally I also attended every birthday party and ballet recital that I was invited to. (ask any other teacher and they will probably tell you they do or did the same)
These kids had my heart.
But it was a little boy’s home that made the everlasting impression.
It was a simple home, that overflowed with life. Kid artwork was everywhere. Bright colorful pastel drawings, right along side a modern couch with clean lines. After a quick visit, I declared:
“When I have kids of my own, the house will feel like it is also theirs.”
This was not to say that making it their own meant there was no organization or design. I appreciate an inviting space that makes me feel happy to live in. You know, one that brings me joy. (Thanks, Marie!)
So here we are. Almost 20 years later and I am still thinking about that home that was filled with so much life, and I am wanting to create one of my own.
Redesigning this room was about allowing my kids to feel included knowing their things were valued as much as mine. Upon moving in, I took a space designated as a formal living room and made it a room for all.
It was a room for them to gather together, to play, and create.
I can also see this room being used for the next 10 years. We can soon add a long wooden desk along the side wall to create a homework command center.
Build a room to grow in, love the home you’re in.
RELATED: Read how to minimize screen time with more play here.
The Big Playroom Items:
Playroom Couch - a place for parents to gather, curl up with a book, or allow quiet time. Having a couch in the playroom is an important way to help make the room look like a piece of your home, rather than a room stuffed with toys.
RELATED: See my storage solutions here.
Something I want you to remember:
Hang what you want children to visit low.
Keep their height in mind and place it at eye level.
Hang the alphabet, numbers, maps, where they can walk right up and touch it.
If children cannot see it and touch it, they will not use it.
Sounds obvious, but this important tip easily gets overlooked
I hung our Alphabet Activity Cards to add color and inspire ideas. The boys love to look at the cards and pick an activity to dive into.
The alphabet charts, numbers, and the map are at eye level for them to touch as they visit.
Middle Exploration Wall:
Window Side Wall:
Art Cart - SEE ALL THE DETAILS HERE.
Large metal transportation storage bin. Here is where we keep all of our trucks, cars, trains, etc. We all call it “The Transportation Bin”.
Inside we have:
The Storage Cabinet
This corner used to have an IKEA bookshelf. It was stuffed with puzzles, books from my teaching days, and toys spilling out everywhere. I needed a space that would allow me to reorganize the things we needed and use in a way that was also functional for our home.
I used a local carpenter to create this custom made storage closet. It was one of the smartest moves I’ve made for our home. It is functional, and will be timeless for the years to come.
The children are welcome to use anything from this playroom cabinet.
In fact, this entire room is up for grabs anytime they desire and it is always encouraged.
Creating a space to dive into is the way to spark creativity, and also help children understand how to respect their space. The more they use this playroom, the more they understand where things belong at cleanup. The more they are able to dive in, the more independent play will blossom.
Wait! What is inside all of these storage bins?
See all the details for the storage bins here.
You can find our favorite alphabet supplies here.
You can also find our Breakfast Invitation supplies here.
See how we store puzzles here.
See our favorite toy list here.
Phew! This is a lot. Take one idea at a time and make it your own.
Back Left Corner:
This space was created to encourage learning with transparent and translucent manipulatives. I also found this important sign to hang as a welcoming into the playroom. We try to repeat this often.
Speak kind words, receive kind echos.
Kind words receive kind echoes. - Beautiful version sold on ETSY
Do all families need a playroom?
They certainly do not!
My intent is to help you organize ideas, share uses for storage and inspire design wherever that may be.
Hang what you want kids to revisit at eye level.
Offer manipulatives/supplies/toys that are open ended and encourage creativity.
Encourage and welcome the mess. If everything has a spot, it can easily be put back.