Great Ideas for Organizing Kid’s Bedrooms

Best organizational steps for a kid’s bedroom that will change your life!


These steps will walk you through every part of the process. By following each step, you will have a super clean and tidy room for your child

1. Throw Away All The Trash

The first step is also the most obvious. Before you can begin organizing everything, remove all the trash. 

Throw away any broken toys, unwearable clothes, and any school papers that they don’t want to keep. 

After you remove the trash, you’ll be able to see how much stuff you need to store or donate. 

2. Go Through All The Clothes

After all the trash is removed, sort through their clothes. Clothes are the number one problem in children’s rooms. It’s so easy to accumulate more clothes than they need. 

You can either do this in sections – sorting through the drawers first, then the closets. Or you can choose to do it all at once. 

Create 3 piles: 

  • Keep – These are clothes your child still wears currently, in the current season.
  • Donate – Clothes that are out of season and won’t fit your child next year. This could also include clothes your child doesn’t want to wear or doesn’t like. If you don’t have a lot of extra storage space, consider donating extra clothes. 
  • Store – Put away or store clothes that you are wanting to hand down to another child, or clothes that hold significant emotional value.

Fabric storage bags or totes with handles work great for storing kids’ clothes. Use storage bags that have a useful label pocket on the front so you can easily keep track of the sizes you put in each bag. You can also fold the bags to store them when they’re not in use and save space.

As you find clothes that are too worn out or stained to wear, throw them away. If it isn’t wearable, don’t donate it. 

3. Sort Through The Toys

The next largest project will be sorting all the toys in your kids’ room. 

If you encourage your child(ren) to sort through the toys with you, it is more likely that they will learn how to keep their room clean on their own. Use this as a teaching moment, helping them understand how to let go of things that are broken or that don’t interest them anymore. 

Only keep the toys that either have a deep emotional connection (like their favorite teddy bear) or things they enjoy using currently. 

Read on – later in this guide you’ll find some toy storage tips and ideas. 

4. Organize All The Books

After you know what toys you are keeping, turn your focus to your kids’ books. 

If you have room to store all the books you own, take notice of how much room you have left for future books. If you are running out of space, don’t bring more books in until you give some away. 

Store precious books in containers with lockable lids. You want to protect the book from any pests or accidents. 

5. Pillage The Papers

Next, gather up all the loose papers in the entire room and figure out what you are going to keep, if any at all. 

Papers are one of those things that accumulate and seem to grow, like a living thing. It’s very likely that you will throw away almost every single one. 

6. Clean Out From Under The Bed

When was the last time you cleaned out from under the bed? That’s the next step to organizing your kids’ room. 

It might help to move the bed around so you can reach everything that fell underneath it. 

Pull out everything and put or throw it away. 

This step leads you right into the next one: deep cleaning everything.

7. Clean Everything 

Before you put everything away, wipe down and clean all the surfaces. Vacuum or mop under the bed. Dust the tops of the dressers. 

Everything will look nicer – and it is more hygienic – in a spotless room. 

8. Create New Storage Solutions

Now that you cleaned out every single item, you should have a pretty good idea of what you need to store. 

Make a list and start creating storage solutions that are customized for your child’s bedroom. 

Do you need more book storage? Maybe you need a place to store LEGOs or a plush collection. You’ll find ideas for both later in this kids room organization guide.

9. Create Memory Boxes

As you sort through all the books and papers, you will find little things that your child clings to as memories. 

Create a memory box and tell your child that they can keep whatever fits in the box. This is perfect for art they create, photos, and little gifts they get from family and friends. 

10. Clean Out Desks And Drawers

Now that you have almost everything cleaned and sorted, it’s time to empty out the drawers in the room. Do the same donate/trash/keep sorting that you’ve done for everything else. 

Before putting everything back in the drawers, wipe them out and create new storage systems inside like drawer organizers.

11. Keep Tops Of Dressers And Desks Clear Of Extra Things

As you go through and create your new storage systems, resist the urge to store things on top of dressers or desks. 

It seems like horizontal surfaces are magnets for disorganized piles of stuff. If you make it a point to always keep them cleaned off, you will be enforcing new organization habits. 

12. Replace Broken Furniture

While you are in the mode of keeping only useful things in your kids’ room, turn your attention to the furniture too. Replace or fix broken furniture. 

Also consider replacing used furniture with options that have additional storage capabilities. 

Look for storage benches or ottomans with places for books, toys or shoes. 

13. Make The Bed

After putting everything away in your new storage systems, make the bed. This one finishing touch can make the entire room look even cleaner and more polished. 

When you are making the bed, take an inventory of everything your child keeps in the bed. How many stuffed animals or books are taking up space? 

Try to find better places for all that stuff so the bed is easier to make in the future. 

14. Rearrange Furniture

Rearranging the furniture is an optional step, but it can breathe new life into the room. 

Changing the placement of the bed and dresser can also give your child more playing room. 

If you choose to change it up, keep in mind traffic flow. Leave room for safe walkways. 

15. Create Maintenance Chores

Finally, create chores that will maintain the newly cleaned and organized room. 

These are the chores that your child can do that will keep the room clean: 

  • Make the bed everyday
  • Keep toys put away
  • Pick up and put away clothes
  • Throw away all trash
  • Give away toys they don’t like or play with anymore