When we first walked through our new house, my husband and I were thrilled to see a small sunroom off the living area — the perfect spot to turn into a playroom for our four boys. As their toys tend to multiply all over our home, I'd hoped that having one designated area would keep the rest of the house neater and encourage independent play. Unfortunately it didn't go according to plan. The kids almost never stay in there for long, but it's always a total mess. Can someone please teach a class on how to organize a play room so your kid actually plays in it? I would be the first to enroll, because I need help, STAT.
Luckily, there are people who have a much better grasp on these strategies than I do. When I reached out to The Goddard School advisory board member and curriculum specialist Lee Scott for help in organizing a playroom, I was overjoyed when she agreed to give me some tips worth passing along to other parents, too. Here's how to organize a playroom so that your kid actually plays in it, because locking them in is definitely not an option.