How to Organize When You Share a Space With a Toddler
Hubby and I’s living situation is not ideal. Mainly because we share a bedroom with a toddler. I don’t know what your situation is, but despite your child being fun and playful blah blah, it can truly be a nightmare to share sleeping quarters.
Let me be all the way honest here, I have slight OCD. I have a place for everything, and everything in its place. And it really bugs me that I do not have my own space! (exhale Julia, exhale) It can be pretty challenging when you share a space with a toddler. Even more challenging is our whole family life is basically in our bedroom because we do not have our own home, YET. Yes, Hubby and I live with family to save up for a house, but that is beside the point. Laundry is everywhere, Jayla’s mass amount of toys have turned my space into a little play emporium, and this can make even the largest room feel cramped.
Quite frankly, seeing things everywhere makes my brain itch. But where can I escape? The only thing to do when you share a space with a toddler is to get organized!!
So here are my 4 tips on how-to get organized when you share a space with a toddler.
1. Get a TOY BOX!
It is your best friend and advocate. It loves to hold all of the fabulous toys your little one loves to throw all over the floor. They can be as decorative or functional as you want them to be. They come in plastic, wood, and all sorts of different colors. If you’re anything like me, you want your décor to match. We picked out a nice dark wood toy box for Jay’s stuff. It can even fit items on top for extra toy holding potential.
2. Buy toys with compartments.
We recently discovered that Jayla loves make believe play and loves to make food for the family. Therefore, it was only natural that we would buy her a play kitchen. Of course I couldn’t buy just any kitchen. It needed to match my furniture and it needed storage. Lo and behold, it exists! I got this little slugger from Costco at an amazing price. What I love the most is we can store a bunch of stuff in it. Can someone say #winning!
3. Don’t be afraid to hang things.
I have a knifty little net to hold all stuffed animals above Jay’s crib. The idea here is to just get it off the floor! Stepping on toys is a ridiculous stink to your day and needs to be eliminated. I got this puppy cheap on Target.com
4. Separate like items.
I naturally put like things together; it’s an organizers dream. Books are all together in a soft bin (that is soon going to turn into shelves on the wall), stuffed animals are in one place, bulky toys in the toy box, and food items in the kitchen. Sort, separate, and be happy.
Sharing your space with a toddler does not have to be a hair pulling nightmare. All of us are not on the level of playroom status, hell I’ll take having your own room status. But for now, as we work to reaching our goals, I had to make the best of the living arrangement.
How do you share a space with a toddler? Comment your how-to’s below. I’m always looking for new ideas!