My youngest son (5) got a pile of Lego for Christmas so it was time to rethink the small tote I had been using in his room for Lego storage. Over the years I’ve use a variety of ways to organize my oldest son’s (11) Lego but the method that is currently working the best for him is under the bed storage. He’s got three of these totes under his bed.
This method won’t work for my youngest though as he has a mates bed. I guess I could have used the drawers for Lego but we already use those drawers for other things.
You can see the old tiny tote we used to use there on the floor:
I love Lego I really do. I love that it never gets old. My oldest still loves it at 11 and my youngest is just as passionate about it at 5. It’s a toy that doesn’t lose interest after a couple of weeks (at least in my house) and that makes this momma happy. It’s also pretty easy to organize 🙂
Canadian Tire was having a sale on their plastic rolling drawer units (19.99) so I picked up one of those to switch over to. I’ve used these types of drawers in the past with my oldest and really liked how it worked.
I moved the cubbies over and tucked it into the corner. The beauty of this is that it’s easy enough for my son to roll out when it wants to get into it and because the Lego is spread out over 5 drawers it’s not too hard for him to find what he needs. We use the cubby holes as a place to display some of his built pieces 🙂
As new stuff comes in and needs change it’s important to re-evaluate storage solutions.
The other thing that needed attention in this room were my son’s books. When they start piling up on the floor I get a little cuckoo.
and as well his headboard was getting a little over run with them:
A cluttered room makes for cluttered sleep. I blogged about this before as it’s especially a problem with my daughter.
One of my tricks for organizing any space is changing around some of the furniture at the same time. It really helps to freshen the space up and kids get excited because it makes their stuff seem new again. Even if it’s only one or two pieces it really works!
In this case I simply turned the bookcase onto the other wall along with moving the cubbies over. Not big changes but enough to make it seem new and it helps my son better able to access his books.
Don’t be afraid to try a new room configuration or storage solutions!
and his headboard:
The basket you see on top of the bookcase is where my son keeps his LeapFrog TAG Reading System. He can just grab the basket when he wants to read on his bed or in the living room. Keeps everything together and makes clean up a snap.
Next up was this little alcove with shelves that’s in the corner. When we first moved in I had put all the workbooks and craft stuff in here but you know what? It wasn’t getting used. Crafts happen at the table and with these stuck in the bedroom my son had forgotten about them so they were neglected.
Store stuff where you use it.
So I went through, purged a bunch of it and then moved the rest back out to a shelf in my dining room where it’s already being put to good use.
Ahh that’s better.
Anyone else working on a child’s room this week?