Organized Kids’ Rooms

I’m happy to share with you some of my ideas for organizing kids’ rooms.

One of the first things I do to organize my kids’ rooms is ask for their help.
If they have a say in where things are going to be stored,
they are more likely to put them back when they are finished with them.

I use a lot of vertical space in Emilee’s room since she’s a teen and can reach almost anything in her closet.
The top shelf hold things she doesn’t use often.
I have plans of lining the crates with fabric (one of those things I still need to get around too).
I use portable shelving units, which makes it easy to rearrange the closet if needs be.

You can never have too many labels, especially when it come to organizing kids.
They don’t have to be fancy or extravagant, just labeled so they know where things go.

There’s not always a lot of flat surface space so I contain and hang some of my kids’ things.
I spray painted the buckets black and added vinyl lettering.
The label doesn’t always have to reflect what’s inside the container.

Emilee has a lot of bags and hats so I made her a place to hang them.
I found an old door header and added some fun, colorful, mismatched knobs.
It’s one of my favorite pieces in her room.

Things might not always look perfect, but they’re always hung up and can be found easily.
I bought this hook for only .50 cents at a thrift store.
Being organized doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

I’m pretty sure these fabric baskets are my new favorite thing.
I love how they keep everything divided which makes it easier to find what they need.
Drawer space can be tight so purging and containing are important.

Zach loves these chalkboard labels because he can change them up whenever he needs too.
I made them using chipboard and chalkboard spray paint.

Zach has the smallest room in the house so we try to utilize as much space as possible
by storing bins under the bed and benches.
He can also use the bench to play with his Magnetics and Legos and even display his creations.

Zach’s room is too small for a dresser but he has a really large closet
so I use the portable shelving units again to store his clothes and books.
This is 4 units all together for a total cost of only $44.
When you have something this tall make sure to secure it to the wall.

He has a rod that his hang up clothes go on, but I also added these hooks to his closet for other items like;
belts, hats, pajamas, jackets, sports bags, ties, etc.
I used casing secured to the wall with liquid nails and a nail gun then just added inexpensive hooks.
My kids are way more likely to hang things up if they can just hang them on a hook.

Ammon has a small closet which is used to it’s fullest.
Shelving Units, bins, drawers, hooks, bags and a locker with shelving, all make more usable space.

One of my favorite things to do is use the back of a door for added storage.
This over-the-door shoe organizer has been on Ammon’s door for over 6 years.
It’s held up really well and we’ve even changed the labels a few times to adjust to his needs.
Action figures and trading cards seem to be the top priority right now.

All kids have little small treasures they cherish and can’t seem to part with.
My kids are no exception. Ammon has a treasure chest to hold his in.
Since it will only hold a certain amount, he has to purge often.

I made a place from Ammon to play and pretend.
We made a bunk bed into a loft bed by taking out the bottom bunk and adding some supports.
Then I sewed a paint drop cloth and hung it on a closet rod hooked under the bed.
He loves his “fort” and even sleeps in it sometimes.

Ammon loves his creative space.
A table, buckets full of supplies, a cork board and a place to hang all his masterpieces.

Since Ammon’s room has been taken over with Legos, we’ve made a few adjustments to his creative space.
I added shelves for his completed Lego creations.
He still uses the table for art and creative projects but he also uses it to build Legos.
I will be changing the table up soon (more on that to come later).

Some Legos are stored in buckets inside a drawer, some are in a carrier case
and others are in baggies filed by project.

His Lego instructions are stored in a binder.
The kids also have other things stored in binders like; art papers, trading cards, pictures.
It makes it easy for them to look through and also find what they need.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of my kids’ room and how we organize them.
I have to admit things never stay the same. What works today might not work a year from now.
But that’s okay, adjustments have to be made and sometimes there’s a better solution.

The #1 thing in organizing kids rooms is purging.
We like to purge in the Spring and Fall and I include the kids in the process.
They like donating their good toys to someone who will enjoy playing with them.
And they’re making room for new toys which they always look forward too.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to tour my kids’ organized spaces.

{ 35 comments… add one }
  • Becky@OrganizingMadeFun March 28, 2012, 10:02 pm

    Leanne – I’m just like you with my kids’ rooms. I make them purge twice a year and make them do most of the work, too! I love it!

  • Haley March 28, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Thanks so much for giving us a tour of your kid’s rooms! I love everything you have done- lots of creative ideas that seem to work really well! I love that it all was done on a great budget too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • daisy March 29, 2012, 3:25 am

    Great job on the kids’ rooms! Where in the world did you find that Lego Minifigure poster? My boy would love that!

  • Becky - Clean Mama March 29, 2012, 4:34 am

    What great rooms and organization! I always love your ideas Leanne – thank you for sharing!

  • Leslie March 29, 2012, 6:35 am

    Hi — I love your blog !
    Where did you get the lego poster in your son’s room ? I would love to order one.
    thank you

  • Ashley March 29, 2012, 7:30 am

    Great tips! Where did you get the drawer dividers? I desperately need those for my daughter’s dresser. Thanks!

  • Sabrina March 29, 2012, 11:35 am

    Love these ideas! Organizing a client’s kids closet is one of my favorite tasks because you can really use your creativity and get inspired by what they love to do! Thanks for sharing these great photos.

  • Heidi of Operation Organization March 29, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Loved your tour!

    There were so many fantastic ideas – esp. utilizing vertical space – – i find that is often so over-looked. Helping kids find a defined space for e v e r y t h i n g, can be a hard task – but you made it look so easy and achievable.

    You are right – including the kiddos in the process will help ensure they actually keep up maintaining it.

    Well done! 🙂


  • Jen March 29, 2012, 1:23 pm

    LOVE the use of vertical space in the closet, we have a similar setup and it works so great!

    So much greatness here to look at! Love the fort too, what a lucky kiddo!


  • Melissa March 29, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Does the over-the-door shoe organizer affect the door opening/closing at all? I might need to steal that idea for my girls and their many many piles of ‘super special’ stuff.

  • leanneja March 29, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Melissa, it depends on the door. On the closet door it doesn’t affect the opening and closing at all, but I can’t put one on the back of the room door because it makes it hard to close. I have them on the inside of almost all my closets.

  • michelle March 29, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Hi! Love the look of the closet spaces. Can I ask where you found the vertical units that you used in your daughter’s closet? Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and motivation that I need to get organized!

  • Leslie, the Home Maker March 29, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Emille, Zach, and Ammon have a great mom who is teaching them the importance of keeping their things neat and maintained.
    Such great spaces full of awesome ideas!
    I am happy to have been on this tour with you!!
    Love, Leslie

  • Missy March 29, 2012, 9:49 pm

    Ditto Michelle’s question – wondering about the vertical units and bins too. I’m in the process of moving my daughter into her “big girl” room and don’t think I have room for a dresser. This would be a perfect solution – but most of the organizers don’t seem deep enough. Yours looks much deeper than most!

  • Melissa Goodwin March 30, 2012, 1:04 pm

    What great ideas! I especially love the Lego binder. I am off to make one right now. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  • Kristin March 30, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Great ideas!! I have pinned several of them… where did you get the bins above the desk and the “art clipper” thingamajiggey? (sorry not sure what to call it???) Love it and want to do something like this in my daughter and sons room.

    Thanks, Kristin

  • jerilynn March 31, 2012, 5:37 am

    I want to get the closet units…where did you get them???

  • Jessica March 31, 2012, 10:38 am

    I’ve been searching for months for some sort of vertical shelving cubbies….I would love to know where you found yours, before I go and build the on my own 🙂

  • BusyWorkingMama April 2, 2012, 8:44 am

    I need to get a hanger that goes over the door like that. My daughter’s room and closet are so small that it is hard to find good spaces for storage.

  • Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista April 2, 2012, 6:41 pm

    I love how you used the vertical space in your daughter’s room, and the action figures in clear pockets in your sons room. My son is almost 3 so we aren’t t the tiny lego stage yet, but I love how you organized them- instructions in a binger, brilliant.

  • Vanessa Barker April 3, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Wow, I LOVE this. Great inspiration for Spring Cleaning

  • Dawn April 5, 2012, 12:53 pm

    I also would love to know where you got your shelving units!

  • Lori April 9, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Great organizing ideas.I need to get busy! I’m so glad I found your blog via Creations by Kara. I’m a new follower so we can stay connected. I would love if you stopped by and followed too. Lori

  • Erin June 2, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Love it! Where did you find your vertical space shelving units?

  • Melanie June 4, 2012, 6:31 pm

    Same question as Erin – which brand are those tall shelving units as seen in the first photo?

  • lisa June 28, 2012, 6:07 am

    Awesome!! Would you share where you bought the shelving unit and bins PLEASE

  • Kylie July 10, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I was wondering where you got the shelving units you use in the closets

  • Trang July 16, 2012, 10:04 am

    Could you please tell me where you got the closet units? Thanks.

  • Julie September 29, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Great ideas! would love to know where you got the closet shelving units?

  • Rachelle October 19, 2012, 7:06 am

    Would love to know where you got the vertical closet shelving units

  • Marcia October 20, 2012, 7:38 pm


    Great idea! Where did you get the standing shelves that were in the closet?

  • Alison Fennell January 16, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Brilliant suggestions and now I realise that the best storage ones are see-through – thanks!

  • Rose Zink February 17, 2014, 8:20 am

    I love the vertical closet shelving units , I would like to know where you got those. Thank you.

  • Stephanie November 18, 2014, 11:27 pm

    Where did you get the vertical storage for your daughter?

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