How to Store Items in a Child's Room?

In this article, we'll look at different ways to save and store items in a child's room so that everything's in order and very organized.
How to Store Items in a Child's Room?
Goretti Ayubes

Written and verified by the interior designer Goretti Ayubes.

Last update: 26 October, 2023

In order to put away and store things in a child’s room, you’ll need to be clear about what type of storage is the most appropriate for each thing and where you’re going to keep it.

We’re here to tell you that there’s a variety of different strategies to correctly organize the chaotic rooms of your little ones, so don’t give up. Keep reading!

We know that children’s rooms house a multitude of objects and accessories (clothes, toys, books…, etc.) and that these spaces, rather than encouraging play and inspiring creativity and imagination, without proper order, can end up making parents desperate and even producing anxiety in children.

How to store items in a child’s room: Previous approaches

A tidy child's room.
Image: ikea.com

To help a child organize their room and their personal belongings, you must first analyze what problems contribute to their lack of order. This is essential to finding a quick solution.

You have to put yourself at their height. In other words, look at the space and the furniture from the perspective of your little one. In this regard, it’s essential that the solutions you propose can be practical for your children. In other words, you must organize their room according to the effort that the child can make according to their age.

You must take into account the height of the child in order to place the most used clothes and objects on the lower shelves or in drawers on the floor. The rest should be placed on the upper levels.

It’s a good idea to completely eliminate the doors of the closets, lower the height of the bars, use hangers to fit their clothes, and use containers at floor height to store toys and open plastic boxes to store socks and underwear.

Cabinets that grow with children

Toys stored in colorful containers arranged on shelves.

Custom, built-in, modular, adjustable wardrobes… They’re about gaining space, facilitating the child’s access to their things, and always maintaining a certain order in their room.

As always, custom furniture and built-in wardrobes are what provide the best solutions to your specific needs. Modular systems are also very useful, as they allow you to add or remove modules. Many of these systems include high beds with tables, drawers, or cabinets below to save space.

Extra space

High beds with low cabinets are a good option for a single child. Their compact structure includes a bed, wardrobe, shelves, and drawers.

Your child will have the feeling of being in a bunk bed, but instead of having a second bed at the bottom, they’ll have a closet to store their things.

Closet organizers

Made of metal or wood, these are very useful for keeping everything in its place. When it comes to closets, it’s best for the height of the shelves and for bars to be adjustable to adapt to the growth of the child.

Adjustable shelves

Adjustable shelves will also grow with them. It’s best not to place them on top of the bed as they’re not very comfortable. Bookcases with shelves are manufactured in all sizes and fit in any corner.

Store items in a children’s room: Classify and simplify

A play corner in a child's room.

Children’s rooms are usually small and often shared. Children can’t stay organized and tidy up their rooms when their closet and shelves are full of clothes and objects.

Therefore, to make better use of the space, their toys and clothes should be classified, and you should get rid of everything that they no longer use, is broken, or no longer fits. You can also store certain items on higher shelves if you want to save them as keepsakes or for future use.

Labels are a great help in reminding your child what to keep in each container. You can teach them to play “find the right spot,” where they have to find the right label for each item and put it away in the correct place.

Another quite effective solution is to buy boxes of different colors and assign an object to each color. For example, yellow for books, red for dolls, blue for board games, etc.

Other storage systems

A colorful and tidy child's room.

Among the most conventional proposals, the following stand out: Baskets, transparent plastic boxes so that children can see their contents, toy carts with or without wheels, nylon trunks, benches, and wooden chests with folding lids that serve as a seat or surface to paint, write, draw, play with play dough, etc…

Choose items that are colorful and easy for your child to use. All of them can be placed on shelves, under the bed, or in a corner of the room designated for it.

Original ideas

There are other practical children’s organizers that fit on the walls of the room. For example, mesh bags, bicycle baskets, hooks and other hangers, and Velcro strips (one part attaches to the back of small stuffed animals and the other to the wall).

Another variant consists of sewing a plastic ring with a diameter of more than 1.5 inches onto toys. This allows you to hang them on hooks installed for this purpose.

As you can see, avoiding chaos in a child’s room will be a simple task.

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