I have always wanted to create a playroom for my boys, but unfortunately we do not have a spare room for that right now. I always go into other peoples homes and see their terrifically designed playrooms for their kids. I even got the chance to help a friend of mine set up a playroom for her two little girls in their new home.
This got me thinking; how do you create a terrific playroom for your kids to play in? So I thought I'd share my ideas.
You will definitely need to buy big shelves with little storage drawers for all of the kids little toys. Label each drawer with what type of toys should be put inside such as cars, dolls clothes, costumes, and so on.
A few toy boxes lined up against the wall is also a good idea. My neighbour, who has a boy and a girl, has pink toy boxes for her daughter and green for her son, so they can distinguish whose is whose.
A small bookshelf for books, magazines and papers is a good idea so at least everything can be kept in order.
A plastic table and chairs can be set up in a corner, and that can strictly be for colouring and drawing, so no marks go on the floor.
Types of Toys
Not all of the kids toys need to go in the playroom. Your child may feel like playing with some toys in their bedroom at some point.
Toys that generally make a mess such as toy cars (boys like to spread them all over the floor) dolls, art supplies, few soft toys, and other toys your children belong in the playroom.
Favourite stuffed animals, a few books, and other personal items generally can stay in the child's bedroom.
How Many Toys Should go in the Playroom?
Enough so that the kids have a lot of choice in what to play with, but not so much that they are bombarded with toys everyday.
If I had a playroom for my boys I would have a drawing table, a TV set up, book shelf, a box for their cars, Lego, action man figurines and then I'd just put a few toys on a big storage shelf.
Board games can also be stored in the playroom, as it is the perfect place to store them.
How Often Should the Playroom be Cleaned?
Much like my child's bedrooms, my rule is "There has to be walking space". Everyone second day my boys need to have their room fully in order, that means no toys or clothes on the ground, books need to be put away and games need to be packed up.
Same goes for the playroom, anything that is left on the ground gets taken away for a week.