The Biggest Mistake Parents Make When Organizing Their Kids' Toys
I pride myself on my organizational skills and truly believe happiness can be found in a tidied junk drawer. Having kids, however, has called into question my ability to find a place for everything when everything now includes 4,537 different-stages-of-chewed-on puzzle pieces.
To help me — and all parents — conquer the is-it-even-possible-to-organize playroom, I sought help from The Home Edit's founders Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. The two Nashville-based moms are professional home organizers whose precise, borderline-OCD work has attracted a celebrity fan base (Gwyneth Paltrow, Lauren Conrad, and Reese Witherspoon are among their A-list clients!) and a lust-worthy Instagram account.
Exclusively for POPSUGAR, the duo organized one typical playroom in two different ways, all with items found at my beloved Target, for which Clea and Joanna are official organizing experts. And although they agreed that for kids, "function comes first," they still managed to find bins, baskets, and drawer organizers that are at once affordable, chic, and versatile. A parenting hat trick!
Along the way, they offered solutions to four of the most common playroom organization problems and revealed the biggest mistake we've all likely made in a cleanup frenzy. (I certainly know I have.) Read on for The Home Edit's best toy-wrangling tips.