I Bunked the Beds
I didn't love the idea about bunked beds for such young children, but the built-shelving unit that came with the house made it impossible to fit two beds. I found youth bunk beds--they are normal sized twin beds, but the top bunk sits lower than a typical bunk. The high corner shelf acts as a bedside table for the top bunk and the bottom bunk sits just high enough to fit an extra mattress for guests or extra storage.
You've got to maximize that storage space!
I Minimized the Books
Of course, children need books of their very own, but they don't need shelves full of them, especially when your local library is full every book your child could ever want to read and your house is limited in space. I pared down their books until they fit in their bedside table. We make weekly trips to the library for story time and to borrow books for the week.
Note: They also have "school" books, which I keep on a separate high shelf.
I Maximized and Toddler Proofed the Toy Storage Areas
Using the built-in floor to ceiling shelving units in the bedroom and closet, I created zones for the girls' toys.
I put dolls and stuffed animals in the toy bin, and toddler toys in the drawers. Toys with lots of pieces, like legos, blocks, little people sets, baby doll accessories and Barbies went into clear plastic, stackable, latching totes on the lower shelves.
Puzzles and games went on the middle shelf and school materials and crafts of the high shelves.
How is that working, you ask? Brilliantly! The toys my toddler can reach are toddler-safe and easy to pick up. My preschooler, who knows that she can only get one tote out at a time can reach most of the clear toes and both girls can see what is in each tote and can ask for help reaching items.
I love the convenience of being able to bring a tote to the main areas of the house or even on a trip to grandma's.
Puzzles, games and crafts are high enough that I can control when and where they come out.
Well, there you have it: a few ideas on how to keep your toddler/preschooler's room clean and organized. You just need the right system and a little strategic organization and clear, stackable totes.
The Modern Housewife