10 Ways to Make Cleaning Up Fun for Kids

Cleaning doesn't have to be a chore for little ones.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Staying Tidy Can Be Fun (We Promise!)

Kids can be messy. But with a little help, they can keep their bedrooms tidy all on their own. We've got some cute and clever ways to keep your little ones organized — for good. And the best part? They'll love it!

Color Coded

Avoid stepping on these beloved blocks by providing a foolproof storage solution that kids will like, too. Simply store the pieces in color-coordinated boxes, or you can simply tape a piece of construction paper in the appropriate color to a plain shoebox.

Wardrobe Wrangler

Doll clothes can quickly get out of control. Keep them hung up and ready for play with this easy DIY project. A coat of fresh paint and decorative tape transform an old wooden toolbox into something special.

Photo Finish

Encourage kids to clean up after playtime by using photo labels. Print out an image of the toy, then tape it to a bin so there’s no confusion about what goes where.

Super-Cool Display

Teeny-tiny collectibles need a home too, and an ice tray is a perfect size. Use removable adhesive strips to secure it to the wall so you can reposition as needed.

Upcycled Plastics

Save those small, plastic food containers. They’re a fantastic way to wrangle smaller items like colored pencils and puzzle pieces.

Doll Downtime

Barbie, Ken and all their friends will appreciate some quiet time in an under-the-bed shoe organizer. The individual cubbies are a perfect size!

Double-Duty Furniture

If the stuffed animal population is getting out of control, tuck them into a storage pouf for easy access and comfy seating.

Traffic Control

They’re fun to collect, but keeping tiny cars organized and off the floor can be a challenge. This DIY PVC car park is as cute as it is functional. Cut three-inch-diameter PVC into three-inch lengths, then glue them together on plywood.

Dough Zone

Store clay and playdough in recycled jelly or Mason jars. They have easy access when ready to play, and the jar's seal will lock in moisture.

Ready to Read

Upcycle an old spice rack into a cute, easy-access bookshelf. Paint a crisp, white or accent color and group them together to create a focal point in the room.

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