14 Dec How to organise a toddler’s bedroom with limited space?
What is your ideal toddler’s room?
Please do not laugh, but one of my worst fears when we expanded our family was the potential mess because… I simply cannot coexist with messes! I cannot sleep with toys lying around (not to mention I am allergic to all super colourful toys, I prefer black/white/grey or pastel if colour is a must!). When we moved back to London last year, Dino was still sleeping in his cot bed and once he started to climb out of his cot so often we decided to not only move him into the big/toddler bed but also to a different room. He was about 2 years old, and that gave us a good 6 month period for him to get used to the new set up before baby Tigo arrived.
I intentionally keep all Dino’s toys in the playroom downstairs, the bedroom is purely for sleeping and, of course, for reading time before bed. The last thing I want is for him to take the toys out when the door is closed, hence only a few items are required within the bedroom:
- A Bed – Here I use a trundle bed from The Children’s Furniture. The room was small and we wanted to avoid placing the mattress directly on the carpet to allow for airflow through the mattress (for both comfort and hygienic reasons), hence the trundle bed base.
- A Wardrobe with door surface that allows him to draw and wipe clean (a bit of creativity in the morning when parents sleep in… am I being too optimistic?)
- Bedside Table – for the sleep training clock and night light
- Lego Storage for his dinosaurs (this with the soft toys are the only ones allowed into the bedroom, no LEGO!)
Organising your kid’s wardrobe
One of the most important thing to home organisation, I think, is finding the right dresser / wardrobe that works for you. And if you, like me, are one who loves looking to buy the coolest kid outfits out there, you would really need one big enough for all these clothes, but small enough to fit into the space you can get in London. I found this wardrobe from NIDI that truly ticked all the boxes. The range from NIDI allows you to personalise with a many options e.g. colour of the doors, the internal carcass, handles etc. The one feature I love the most is the doors that allow your children to be creative, they can draw directly onto the surface and you can just wipe clean it. The handle also acts as pen holder! During bed time, you can revise a few letters, practice drawing circles and straight line or anything that his imagination takes him really.
So how do I handle organising his clothes? Pardon me for the “look” as recently I just fold as quick as I can, with 2 kids, this is the best I could manage at the moment!
1. First drawer is for his Pyjama / Sleepwear / Everyday Cotton’s Vests and some joggers he use for sleeping.
3. Third Drawer is for “rarely-worn” items like Swimwear and Shortsleeves (as it’s London and it’s cold most of the time…). One section is for his uniform.
2. Second drawer is for the Jeans / Chinos / Trousers / Shorts / Underwear & Socks. I love these drawer dividers which really help make things organised!
4. The last drawer is for bedding and bath towels. To save space, I only purchase 3 sets of duvet cover and bedsheets, one for use, one clean set in the drawer and one for back up.
One thing I find useful, not only for me when I try to find his things but also for my cleaner who sometimes help putting clothes back into close is these hanger dividers! I divided his hung clothes into 5 sections
4. Blazer / Jackets
5. Coats (top railing)
On the wall in his bedroom, I also put some Alphabet Stickers to practice here and there.
I also have a small curver basket (just below his hanging clothes) for all the scarves, hats and gloves. He also has a drawer with these winter accessories in the hallway closet to avoid having to run up the 3 floors to get a scarf when we need to dash out of the door quickly.
There you go, Dino’s bedroom is a bit small but functioning well for its purpose I believe! I think, for practicality, white is the best colour for our children’s bedroom walls as it’s so much easier to change the stickers than having blue paint one day and the grey the next day!
Soon I will post about his playroom and how to tame THE mess!
Thank you so much for reading!