5 tips to keep the kids rooms clean and organised

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Keeping the kids rooms clean and organised can be a struggle.  However following a few of the tips below should help you gain control back in their rooms.

  1. Put a bin in their rooms so they can throw away rubbish properly and conveniently rather than throwing it on the floor.
  2. Create a home for everything, makes it easier for the kids to know where their items belong.
  3. Label containers, this will make it easier for them to return everything where it belongs.
  4. Just before you finish making dinner ask the kids to start packing up their toys, reminding them to do it tidily.  Tidying up before dinner rather than bedtime will prevent screaming matches as they will be tired and ready to snuggle up rather than tidy up.
  5. What works for one may not work for another.  Know your child and their ability and desire to keep their room tidy.  Each of my children are very different:
  • Perfectionist – Miss 6 keeps her room tidy and wardrobe spotless, she would happily put a book on her shelf in height order so it steps down neatly.
  • Lazy but tidy – Mr 8 keeps his room tidy, nothing on the floor or on top of drawers and returns everything back to its home, however ‘home’ is hidden chaos.
  • Hoarder – Miss 8, is a hoarder, finds it hard to let go of anything including toy packaging and cute tags on clothes.  She has a lot of  ‘stuff’.

Determine your child’s style it will be easier for you to gain back control of their room.  


It’s more than likely that their room is rarely messy and everything has a place, making this room easy for you to keep clean and organised.

Lazy but tidy

Hidden storage ideas work best, with easy access compartments for items to be placed into.  Take 15 minutes each week to organise these areas to your liking.


Time is needed with this little one.   Together with your child go through the whole room from top to bottom, take a gradual approach 15-30 minutes each day.  Consider:

  • Take photo’s of the much-loved pieces of paper that they can’t part with, showing them that they still have a visual reminder of them (more to come this month on storing kids artwork).  Then recycle papers.
  • Ask them to throw all rubbish items like packaging in the bin.  Next purchase stipulate they can play now but it needs to be put in the bin before they go to bed.
  • Try and reduce the amount of excess Barbie/trucks and cars by half.  Go through and ask them to pick out their favourite items, which they can keep and you will give the remainder to a little boy/girl who will really enjoy them.

What is your child’s tidy room style?

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Cath October 12, 2011 - 5:43 AM

I think i must be one of the very few people who has a child who doesn't play on his room so it rarely gets untidy!

Katrina October 12, 2011 - 5:47 PM

My mr 8 doesn’t play in his room either he rummages through and that’s what makes the mess. He plays in the lounge or near me. I’m showing his room next week, hopefully it may help with ideas 🙂

Emma October 12, 2011 - 7:31 AM

We don't keep toys in the bedroom but we do have a small toy area that could do with some organising. I

Katrina October 12, 2011 - 5:42 PM

I hope u find some inspiration in the coming posts

Roseanne October 12, 2011 - 9:35 AM

oh to have the 'perfectionist ' type.. i think i have two hoarders… or at least one and the other just 'lazy and untidy'! helpful post though..thanks:-)

Katrina October 12, 2011 - 5:40 PM

I hope it helps. I have to react differently when asking each child to clean their rooms.

harrietarcher October 12, 2011 - 10:40 AM

Hoarder and a Delgator at my house! The Delegator insists it's not actually his problem, and it's perfectly reasonable for him to delegate cleaning up of his mess to his big brother, his mother, any random stranger wandering past…and if he's pushed to DO something, he generally ends up with a near-mortal wound from a stray glance from his brother (yes, glance. As in he's looking at me) I seriously hope he ends up in a well paying career where he can afford to employ staff to do all his picking up for him!

Katrina October 12, 2011 - 5:30 PM

Ooh poor little brother. do you think delegator will learn to tidy his own room?

E. From Whining October 12, 2011 - 12:58 PM

Both my children are hoarders. Thankfully Boy Girl is growing out of it as he is getting older. My Girl child is very similar to your Miss 8. she gets completely overwhelmed and can't even spend 5 minutes putting books back on the bookcase.

We will be spending some time over the next few days. I hope we can do it.

Katrina October 12, 2011 - 5:25 PM

You may like tomorrow’s post I’m showing her room.

Louisa Kenny October 12, 2011 - 4:16 PM

My youngest sounds like your Miss 8, keeps every piece of packaging, string, tickets etc. She calls them "her treasures" and we have a special drawer for them. Once the drawer is full, she has to cull them and she is happy to do so at that point in time. She is our little Bower Bird.

Katrina October 12, 2011 - 5:24 PM

That is a wonderful way to kep her ‘treasures’

Amanda Opray October 12, 2011 - 5:45 PM

got one hoarder here and a 2 year old that would prefer to mess his big sisters room rather than his own

Shanna October 12, 2011 - 9:49 PM

My 2 year old..well he's two and a whirlwind. Prefers dark room for sleeping, and near shut door. Impossible for him to sleep if required to share a room. His room is littered with toy body parts and he gets angry if you attempt to move anything off from the floor.

My near 4 year old has dust allergies so we attempt to keep things off the floor, away from window furnishings etc etc. Although he loves order and is methodical, often puts things away when asked, his room reflects his natural curiosity. Books everywhere made into roads, blankets rolled up into "garages" for toy cars..he is very protective of his room and hates anyone going near it.

My 6 and 8 girls share a room. One is lazy, the other inconsiderate of belongings. Tissues all over the place, dirty clothes, toys, books, unmade beds yadda yadda. There's a bin, laundry basket, places for everything but still the attitude is poorly. We had a rogue mouse in the house and I even said that one night that mouse would crawl up into their rolled up uniforms on the floor and surprise them one morning. The shock was only short lived haha. I just hope the girls have a sense of pride and confidence in themselves soon or we WILL get more mice in the house hehe.

Lise October 13, 2011 - 6:15 AM

Oh my gosh, I thought my 7 year old daughter was the only child out there who liked to keep packaging! She is DEFINATELY a hoarder, she will keep her room tidy on the surface, but the drawers and shelves are full of STUFF. Good to know I’m not the only Mum with a little one like this 🙂

Kate Puddles October 13, 2011 - 7:45 AM

Hmm I think I have one lazy but tidy and two hoarders! The twins are too young to tell yet. I don't have rubbish bins in their rooms, I might try that and see if it helps

BBeingCool October 13, 2011 - 10:45 AM

Phew – when I read that there were 5 tips to keeping a room tidy I was prepared for something hard – but this is easy! I actually do all these things, but we have a constant battle with paper. We have a Miss 6 who loves loves loves to draw and write letters and make cards. Our house is over run with precious things she has made. Yesterday when she was at school – I had to go through her little craft trolley and throw out stuff – I filled an entire rubbish bin! Amazing.

Great post. Nice to read something with so much common sense. I will now read some other posts and see if I too can become an 'organised housewife' too. Boy, that would make my husband so happy!

Lorna Hahn Lindsley on Facebook October 13, 2011 - 10:48 AM

my 9 year old is a hoarder too. Glad to hear im not the only one ladies! whew!

Melissa Hills October 13, 2011 - 2:17 PM

My miss 4 doesn't have the motivation, I don't think, to actually do any tidying. Probably due to my lack of motivation!! We've just moved into our house about a month ago (from sharing houses with others for the past 4 years!) so still have to get into a good routine. I think we need to cull a lot of toys as we seem to have LOTS (or just a small room) and she doesn't play with many of them. My miss 2 is quite happy to tidy, although copies her older sister, so doesn't always do it!
Thank you for the suggestions, I think I need to put more focus and determination in to organising their room more (they share a room) I'm not the best house organiser/house cleaner!

inner pickle October 13, 2011 - 2:37 PM

We have a 4 yr old hoarder and I think your idea of taking photos of the special bits of paper is GENIUS. Thanks Katrina xx

Norlin October 13, 2011 - 8:09 PM

Omg I've got 3 kids & they each fit each of the criteria you mentioned. Miss 9 is a hoarder, miss 8 the perfectionist & master 5 is lazy but tidy! Thanks for these tips. Am in the process of reorganising their rooms & desks.

Maryanne October 17, 2011 - 5:47 PM

Master 9 is Lazy but tidy rooming with Master 7 – hoarder.
Miss 6 is perfectionist but likes to hoard stuff. Shared with younger siblings till recently and was a nightmare when clean up time came!
Master 4 shares with Master 3 and both are lazy but tidy. Thanks to me, Mum.

Alyce October 24, 2011 - 3:51 PM

Haha, I’m lazy but tidy myself!! But a wannabe perfectionist.

Hayley June 4, 2012 - 8:54 PM

Alyce, you nailed it! That’s what I am too 🙂

Mel Newman January 14, 2013 - 8:18 AM

Thanks for the tips!! 😀 Loving them.
Im a bit of everything hehe Need to learn to put things in their proper home and keep that “home” tidy

Maimee Frances February 2, 2013 - 7:57 AM

Oh please please please tell me how to keep a dropper/hoarder child’s room tidy? Miss 5 almost 6 drops everything she picks up in every room. Washing, clothes, toys, clean clothes, dirty clothes, cuts up bit and paper and makes craft things from anything she can find etc. I have thought I may have to lock everything up! But don’t want crush her independence and creativity.

Kady Gian-Peter Maccagnan July 18, 2013 - 1:56 PM

Sounds like my son!

Melanie Viney December 4, 2013 - 1:26 PM

Mine too 😉

Liz @ Eudora July 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Thanks for the ideas. A cleaning fairy would be ideal 😉

Candice Louise Mannix July 18, 2013 - 12:27 PM

Love your ideas!

Kady Gian-Peter Maccagnan July 18, 2013 - 1:55 PM

My 7 year old is such a hoarder, he also likes to keep packaging, and not just toy packaging, but toilet rolls, tissue boxes and any type of empty food boxes and it drives me nuts! I often have to do a big clean out when he’s as school, it’s such a relief to throw all that rubbish out!

Bree October 5, 2013 - 2:34 AM

These are great tips! My oldest girl loves when everything is picked up and tidy, but overall tends to be the hoarder type (keeping packaging, wrappers and tags). The room easily becomes overwhelming for her and she resorts to shoving items under the bed when picking up. I make time to help her declutter, but not frequent enough. 15 minutes a day…I think we can do that! Also, a great tip to pick up toys earlier than before bedtime.

Katrina October 5, 2013 - 7:34 AM

Your right Bree, bedtime tidy up isn’t idea, perhaps when it’s bath time??

Katrina October 9, 2013 - 9:11 PM

I’ve been working with my Miss Tween over the holidays, I have given her one task each day to tidy, under the desk… on top of the bedside table…. 2nd drawer and she has found this really manageable. Hope the 15 min a day works for you.


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