International nanny jobs have recently become a more sought-after venture for many current and prospective nannies. This is because you get exposure to travel and expand your horizons, and the benefits are insane! With the acceptance of being a nanny comes the responsibility to organize the kids’ playrooms.
This seems like a very trivial and easy task, but can be puzzling. Functionality, easy access, and the appeal or aesthetic of the playroom all need to be considered. Combining all these to make the perfect play space gets tough for large and small spaces alike. I’m here today to help you get the most out of that space so the kids’ imaginations can run as wild and unbridled as they want, without a disorganized mess being the end of it.
Even before they can read, children know what color their favorite things are. This not only stops the child from taking out EVERYTHING, but it also allows the child to see where the item is placed when playtime is over. Organize in such a way that color pops everywhere through the décor, craft supplies, and playthings. Using vibrant bursts of color around the room on the walls, floor, and cabinets will create a lively and tempting atmosphere for your children.
If you have multiple children, color-coding your storage bins allows each child to have his or her own color, as well as a separate designated color for shared items. This is especially effective if your children are a few years apart in age and play with items that are not age-appropriate for each other. Organizing a playroom by color makes the room look really good and it gets the kids interested in the idea of arranging the colors, thus giving them a gentle nudge to help in organizing objects.
DON’T SHY AWAY FROM USING THE WALL AS STORAGE SPACE
As an international nanny, you should be able to utilize space minimally and beautifully. Invest in wall organizers like floating shelves. Over-the-door hanging storage is also a terrific way to keep debris off your flooring. Make sure they are hanging low enough for small hands to reach their favorite stuffed animals. Decorative hooks can be used to hold doll outfits, hats, and purses. Putting up colorful hooks is another way to use wall space.
Check that curtain rods and furniture such as bookcases and dressers are firmly fastened to the wall. Stuffed animals are warm and cuddly, but they are also among the bulkiest toys in the playpen. Save some floor space by hanging a net within reach of them in wall corners, for example. Date the back of their artwork, take a picture of it, and upload it to an internet album. You can either hang it or recycle it.
Create interactive vision boards for their sketches and doodles, put up display shelves for their newest toys, or wall art representing their current animal obsession, and so on. Find unique and creative ways to paint the playroom’s walls to add a personal touch to the space. Whatever makes your child tick, give it its own spot in the system of bags and drawers.
MAKE SURE ITEMS ARE EASILY REACHABLE
Things that are out of reach for children might pose a risk if they attempt to get them on their own. A row of small, squat drawer cabinets against the wall takes up little room while providing secure and quick access to toys.
Keep their arts and crafts supplies in easily accessible, properly labeled containers. Consider creative storage solutions for little items such as Legos, crayons, paint brushes, and writing tools. Paint an old toolbox a fun color and adorn it with stickers to hold tiny items and keep things tidy and pretty.
Hang glass frames high and out of the kids’ reach. Store messy things like glue, felt tip pens, paint, glitter, and markers out of their reach. If they do happen to gain access to these things unsupervised and make a mess, you can easily use toothpaste or elbow grease to get rid of the marks on the walls. Apart from the fact that this will make organizing the playroom easier, it will also keep it clean and inviting for the kids.
GET RID OF TRASH BY YOURSELF
Broken toys, games, and puzzles with missing parts should be thrown away on garbage day. It is normal to believe that they will want to play with those items one day, but you can get rid of them and your child will not miss them. Throw them away without the children present. Because they will believe that the small plastic bottle of bubbles with the broken handle is nothing short of pure gold once they see it on its way to the trash.
Set a monthly or seasonal schedule for sorting out your child’s toys. Sort them into three piles: keep, throw, and donate. Toss out any damaged or worn-out toys, give out any things your child has outgrown or never plays with, and save the rest. Doing so on a regular basis will keep your child’s toy collection manageable and their playrooms clean.
USE EASY-TO-CLEAN MATERIALS
It is a fact that kids are messy, so we should do our best to contain the outcomes of these messy urges. Ensure that the materials you use in your playroom are easy to clean. Choose paint that is easy to wipe up. Look for a satin or eggshell finish. They are more durable, stain resistant, and tend to hide imperfections better than others.
Consider flooring that is easy to clean or that can endure some wear and tear. Spills happen, so if you’re considering remodeling the floors in your playroom, laminate the flooring or tiles. This is advised since laminated floors and tiles are easy to wipe clean and are perfect for individuals who have pets that shed or children who have allergies.
Use area rugs or foam tiles if you don’t have laminate or tile flooring and a renovation isn’t in the budget. They protect the flooring and carpets and are easy to clean up. They can easily be put away once playtime is over as well.
When choosing furniture for your child’s playroom, consider its durability and heat-resistant materials. The size, shape, versatility, design, and color of the furniture are important things to take into consideration.
CREATE FUN CLEAN-UP GAMES
Once you make an activity fun for kids, it no longer seems like a boring chore to them. Make up exciting games with rewards like stars or getting to tell a story at storytime for the kids. Assigning colors to the kids and letting them pick their toys up by color, setting a timer for picking up the toys and rewarding the fastest picker, or letting them count aloud the number of toys as they put them away are some fun activities which teach them to organize.
You can pretend the toys are litter, and in order to keep the town beautiful, the Sheriff is out to get anyone who leaves out trash. Tickle fights can be a way of “punishing” the “offender”. You can also tell them the toys are sleepy and need to get some rest. This will encourage them to pick them up and put them in their “homes”.
Thank you for stopping by. Now go enjoy your highly functional, safe, and fun playroom with your little bundles of joy!