At long, long last I’m posting some after pictures of Collin’s bedroom. I always tend to shy away from posting photos of spaces I organize. Part of the reason for this is because, even though how the space looks is a big part of my personal reason for loving to organize (and adding fun and creative touches) it truly pales in comparison to the feeling that comes from creating an organized space. In the case of Collin’s room…we’re both a whole lot happier now than we were before his room was organized. It’s easier for him to get to his toys so he can play, and easier to pick up when he’s finished. Playing more, being more relaxed, just plain feeling happier…these are things a photo of a space alone doesn’t show. And these are some of the many reasons to create an organized and inspiring kid’s space. (More on that in a second…but first, at long last, some photos.)

Organized room

This is the entrance to Collin’s room. The most remarkable thing? The floor! It’s empty and open and available for him to pull out his Lego’s and trucks and spy gear to play, play, play! I love that. Collin and I made the artwork above his bed following the same technique as this. The pieces represent things he’s into right now. I probably should have let him use colored pencils instead of thick paint brushes…these are bit abstract but I still like how they turned out.

Cubicles

These cubicles were in his room before…we just scaled back on the number of books so everything fit better. The red bin contains his “electronic” things like his camera, extra guitar cords and wires, and other small electronic toys and gadgets.

Closet

This is a picture of his closet sans the door. It is truly amazing how much easier it is for him to get to his stuff without the doors cutting the closet space in half. He is truly using and enjoying his toys much more now. It’s fabulous! Some day we may put a curtain to cover the door…but really, I like having it open for now.

In case you’re wondering where all his clothes are…they’re in the dresser. The few “dressy” clothes he has are in the space that you can’t see (to the right of the two hanging things you can see.)

Organizing your child’s room can be a tricky thing. There’s a balance between the child’s needs and yours…and navigating through this territory can be dicey at times. I’ve learned a lot by organizing (and reorganizing) my kids’ rooms over the years, as well as working with my client’s who are Moms and sometimes at their wits end about their kids’ rooms. As I put the finishing touches on Collin’s room I thought “I should share this!” There’s so much more to it than can be covered in a simple blog post or article. There are so many traps that I have fallen into myself and that I’ve seen other parent’s fall into as they work with their child to organize. So…I decided to put together my first ever tele-class called “Organize Your Kid’s Room.” If you’re tired of being frustrated by toys, and clothes, and shoes, and party favors…this class is designed with you in mind. I hope to see you in class!

To celebrate the kick-off of this new tele-class, all week I’ll be posting organizing tips for kids and all their stuff…right here. I’m also going to have some freebies this week…so be sure to check in often and get all the scoop!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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