I shared about how we distinguish sharing toys and personal toys in our home. We then take it one step further in the kid's bedrooms when it comes to their personal toys/things. We wanted to create a space that they could keep anything precious to them with the understanding that the other kids would leave it alone. Since each child has been given one they do a great job of respecting each others personal boxes, as we like to call them.
In both the girl's room and the boy's room I found that utilizing the space under the bed worked great for this. The rooms aren't huge and just fitting all of the bed and dressers in there was like working a puzzle all by itself. By utilizing the space under the beds it allows any of the other spots in their room to be used for the other toys that stay specifically in their rooms. Like the LEGOS in the boy's room. Although these bins have been great for our seven year old to also carry downstairs during his quiet time while the little ones nap in the room (this organization unit is definitely turning out to be a purchase that was worth while!)
Months ago I picked up some low, long tubs at Target. For the boys room I happened to get the Hefty brand which I thought ended up being cute with their construction room theme that they have going on.
Even with the boxes under the bed they are still super easy to access. We have one child who is quite the collector of all things rocks, beads, rubber bands, treasure boxes etc. His box has been a great space to hold all of that goodness and keep it from ending up all over the house.
This is also the perfect space for things like birthday cards that your child might want to keep, special notes from friends or family, personal electronics and any other treasures that have been acquired along the way.
Here is another look at some treasures being kept.
Once or twice over the past year we have gone through the boxes with the kids. Usually just after their birthday is a great time to do this when more things are coming in. We'll just go through the items together, remove any garbage, evaluate the items with them to make sure they are still keepers and that's about it!
Since we have three boys sharing a room this system really helps by still giving the kids a space of their own for their personal belongings.
It also teaches them that it is ok to keep things that are meaningful to them and that they love but that they don't have to keep everything. Teaching them that alone brings an enormously large smile to this momma's face! :-)
Do your kids have special spots to keep their things? How do you deal with all of the little "mementos" that come in on a regular basis?
Sharing this at: