25 Best Kids Room Organizing Ideas

Are you struggling to keep your kids’ rooms clean and organized? These tips and DIY kids room organizing ideas will help you take back control of the mess!

kids playing on the bed with text overlay

Staying on top of cleaning and organizing children’s rooms can be overwhelming. Especially when they are too young to help or older and don’t care what their room looks like.

From toddlers to teens, kids of all ages have struggles with cleaning and organizing their rooms.

I have a teen girl and a little boy. They have their moments and their rooms get messy. I have tried several approaches in the past to get them to clean up and stay organized.

I tried the “ignore it and they will get tired of living in the mess method”. That didn’t work and drove me absolutely nuts!

Next we cleaned and organized their rooms together. That worked great for a little while until I ended up doing all the work.

That’s when I realized they needed storage solutions to make it easy for them to keep their rooms picked up and not looking like a bomb had gone off.

What Needs to Be Organized in a Kids Room?

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Art supplies
  • Sports gear – unless you store it somewhere else in your home
  • Board games

This list isn’t all inclusive, but these are the main things that need to be organized in a kid’s room.

How Do I Get My Kids to Clean Their Own Rooms?

The way to get your kids to buy into keeping their rooms clean and organized is to make it fun and make it easy.

  • When you have more than one child, you can make it a competition to see who gets done first. Give a prize to the winner.
  • Time the clean up and see if they can beat their previous time.
  • Do it together to teach them how to do it and create good habits.
  • Give them storage solutions for all the things to make it easy to stay organized.

Once I added storage solutions to my son’s and daughter’s room, life became so much easier! They learned how to keep their room picked up, they knew where things lived, and they did a much better job of keeping it all clean.

Are their bedrooms always neat and tidy? No way! They are still kids, but at least the rooms don’t look like a bomb went off and I don’t have to clean them as often anymore. That’s a win in my book!

I searched the web for some DIY storage solutions that are great for kid’s rooms. If you’re into DIY you’re going to love these kids room organizing ideas.

Kids’ Room Toy Storage Ideas

1. Stuffed Animal Storage in 5 Minutes from Rain on a Tin Roof

stuffed animals hanging on chains from the ceiling

Stuffed animals are the bane of every parent’s existence. They are an easy gift to give, so your child ends up with a ton of them! This stuffed animal storage idea can be done in just 5 minutes and is a great way to get them off the floor and out of the way!

Be sure to purge some first and only keep the ones they truly love. That will probably be all of them, but teach them how to choose what to keep and what to get rid of. 

Learn more here.

2. Rolling Storage from Heathered Nest

rolling basket with sports toys

The amount of space toys can take up in a child’s bedroom can quickly get out of control. This DIY rolling toy basket is one of the easiest ways to organize a lot of toys in a kid’s room.

Add wheels to the bottom and it can easily be rolled around to pick up toys to have a tidy room in no time! Keep it in a corner, in a closet, or even have more than one!

Learn how to make your own here.

3. 20 DIY Toy Storage Ideas from Anika’s DIY Life

image collage of five toy storage ideas

Kid’s bedrooms need storage furniture. From storing legos to games and stuffed animals to small items, these smart ideas will go a long way to keeping your child’s important things neat and easily accessible. They are all DIY kid’s toy storage ideas that you can make yourself.

See them all here!

4. Lego Table with Storage from By Brittany Goldwyn

lego table with play mat and storage underneath

Let’s talk about Legos. The pieces are small, they can get scattered everywhere, and they hurt when you step on them. This DIY Lego table with storage is the perfect solution to all your Lego problems.

The tabletop includes a play mat for creating and displaying all their hard work. The shelf underneath has room for storage baskets to keep all the Legos organized. 

Tutorial to make your own here.

5. Crate Toy Storage Shelf from Table and Hearth

toy organization using crates

Open bins are a great kids’ room organization idea. This crate storage toy shelf is easy to build and will give your child enough space to keep all their toys neat and organized. It’s great for a kids bedroom or even a playroom.

This storage system features six crates to hold toys of all different sizes. They will have easy access to all their toys in one place and it will be easy to put them back when they’re done playing.

Build your own here.

6. DIY Toy Storage Containers from The Joys of Boys

plastic containers with toys on lids

Organize hot wheels, legos, and other small items with these easy to make toy storage containers. An old pretzel container is perfect to use for this DIY project. Paint the lid and add a small toy as a handle and it’s all done! 

See how to make these here.

7. Easy Hanging Toy Storage from Designer Trapped

hanging baskets on chalkboard with stuffed animals

A hanging organizer for toys is one of the best ways to organize a child’s room. It frees up floor space and is the best thing to use for stuffed animals, dolls, and other small toys.

These fabric bins are hung on hooks so they can be taken down to play with the items inside and then hung back up when playtime is over. You could use these in a playroom, put them in a child’s closet, or hang them right on a wall in your child’s bedroom.

Learn more about this kid’s room organizing idea here.

8. Simple DIY Plywood Toy Storage Box from Abbotts At Home

teal painted DIY toy box

This DIY toy box is an easy beginner build that anyone can make, paint it a color to match your kid’s room and it’s ready to go!

Toy boxes will give you a lot of space and are a great idea for kids’ rooms. Putting favorite toys away in a toy box makes keeping their room clean easy and won’t take much time to keep it organized.

Tutorial to build your own here.

9. DIY Bookshelf for Storage from Angela Marie Made

DIY bookshelf with fabric bins for toy storage

Build your own bookshelf storage unit for your child’s room with this easy tutorial for beginners. Bookshelves make great storage for toys. You can use fabric bins, crates, or plastic bins to hold toys and keep them neat and organized.

Build your own here.

Kid’s Room Book Storage Ideas

10. DIY Rotating Bookcase from Anika’s DIY Life

rotating bookcase with books and toys

Perfect for small spaces, this rotating bookshelf is a beginner project that anyone can make. It’s on a lazy Susan turntable so it fits nicely in a corner for easy access and great book organization. I built this for my son’s room and he loves it!

Tutorial to build your own here.

11. DIY Kid’s Bookshelf from The Handyman’s Daughter

Two shelf bookcase for books kid's room organizing ideas

Books and stuffed animals go together, right? Build your own two-shelf bookcase and you’ll have plenty of room for both. This would be great to use by the bed in your boy’s room or little girl room. 

Tutorial to build your own here.

12. Acrylic Toddler Book Shelves from ToolBox Divas

Books in wall mounted acrylic book shelves

Easy book storage for your toddler. Acrylic shelves make the books easy to see and you can mount them on the wall at their height to teach them how to put them back when they’re done looking at them.

Making your own is super easy with acrylic sheets and heat gun. These are great for kids’ rooms, a playroom or anywhere in your home your child likes to read.

Learn how to make them with this tutorial.

13. DIY Book Crate from The Inspired Hive

wooden crate painted yellow for kids room organizing ideas to hold books

A wooden crate, paint, and poster board is all you need to make this kid’s room organizing idea. Paint the crate any color to match your child’s room and put a piece of poster board in the bottom of each crate to keep the books from falling out. I love this idea and you could even make them for other toys too!

Tutorial to make your own here.

14. Bedside Table with Book Storage from Anika’s DIY Life

DIY bedside table with two shelves for book storage to organize kids rooms

A bedside table that is easy to make and will hold books and toys for your little one. This easy DIY kid’s room organizing idea can be made in a weekend.

It has a shelf for front facing books so your child can see them and even a small shelf for their favorite toys.

Build your own!

15. DIY Kids Book Sling from Grillo Designs

Book slings hanging on the wall for book storage in kids room

I love this simple and easy book storage idea! They are easy to make with no sewing required. Hang them on the wall for front facing book storage in your child’s room!

Make these!

16. Kids Bookshelf for the Wall from Angela Marie Made

3 wall mounted wood shelves for book storage in kids room

Wooden bookshelves for the wall will help keep your child’s room organized. These are easy to build and you can make a set of three in a weekend. The dowel helps keep the books from falling out and storing them front facing will help your child find their favorite book in no time!

Tutorial to build your own here.

17. Built-in Kid’s Room Storage from Young House Love

built-in shelves by bed for books in kids room organizing ideas

This kid’s room is packed full of storage! This DIY built-in bookshelf is at one end of a daybed for easy access with plenty of room on top for keeping other favorite toys.

Wait until you see the built-in desk on the other side!

Check it all out here!

18. Rain Gutter Bookshelves from Anika’s DIY Life

wall mounted book shelves made from rain gutters

Looking for a cheap and easy book storage idea for your child’s room? This is it! A rain gutter is the perfect solution to organizing books in a kids room or playroom. It’s an easy DIY project anyone can do .

Tutorial here.

Kid’s Room Closet Organizing Ideas

19. DIY Closet Shelves from Love and Renovations

kids room organizing using shelves in the closet

Keeping a kid’s closet organized can be hard no matter what the size of clothing. Add extra storage and organizing space by adding shelves.

With shelves you have a place for baskets or bins for toys, a place to sit shoes within easy reach and you’ll clear up floor for a more organized space.

Learn more about this organizing idea here.

20. Boy’s Closet Organizer from Anika’s DIY Life

boys organized closet

In my son’s room, I upgraded his closet with this closet organizer. It took me a weekend, but it made his closet more functional and gave him tons of extra storage.

The double hanging bars are perfect for his size clothing and can be adjusted as he gets bigger. I used wire bins as a toy organizer for less used toys and he has drawers and cubbies for other clothing items, and even his karate belts. 

Learn how to upgrade a closet in a weekend here.

21. Organizing a Shared Kids’ Closet from Lemon Thistle

kids closet with drawers and shelves with bins for organizing

Having two kiddos share a closet can be chaotic. Who’s stuff is who’s and how do you keep it all organized? This shared closet idea is awesome!

Add a hanging drawer unit to the middle as a divider and shelving on each side. Each child has their own fabric bins to keep them organized.

Learn how to do it yourself here.

22. Kid’s Hanging Closet Organizer from Make Life Lovely

Day of the week door hangers used in the closet for organizing kid's room ideas

Do you have a child that is indecisive when it comes to picking outfits? Organize them by the day of the week with these hanging closet organizers. Take the guess work out choosing and get them out the door on time!

Make your own here.

23. Small Kids Closet Organization Makeover from Cherished Bliss

Organized kids closet idea

Toy storage and clothing organization all in one with this DIY closet makeover. Perfect for boys’ rooms, you can use one of the shelves for his train play set and keep bigger toys stored below in a canvas bin. A hanging rack above keeps all of his clothes neat and organized. It’s a great use of closet space for a little boy. 

Do it yourself here.

24. One Hour Kid’s Closet Organization from Tatertots and Jello

organized kids closet with wire shelving

Organize your child’s closet in one hour with this kid’s room organizing idea. Pre-made shelving units are easy to mount on the wall and you can customize them to have hanging storage and basket storage.

Learn more to do it yourself here.

25. Tween Closet Organization from Anika’s DIY Life

tween closet organizer with drawers and cubbies and hanging bar

This builder grade closet upgrade is easy to do and your tween girl will love it! She will have a place for shoes, bins for storage and shelves for her most important items. Add baskets to the top shelve to maximize storage.

Learn how to do it yourself here.

These 25 kids room organizing ideas are sure to inspire you to get your kid’s room organized and teach them how to put things away for an easier process for all of you.

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