Do yourself a favor and make it easy for everyone in the house to help you. Even toddlers can put their own clothes away if you simply lay pajamas flat instead of folding, use children's hangers instead of adult hangers, and have a separate bucket for socks and burp cloths. Lower your perspective and think about what would be easy on your child's level. Infant hangers and baby hangers are much easier to handle, plus they don't stretch and damage little clothes. Clothes that don't wrinkle, don't necessarily have to be folded or hung. Making daily tasks easier will make organization a lower maintenance job.
The third thing to think about is what do you want the storage function to be. Do you just need a spot to store bed linens, or are you looking for more? Benches with storage take on many shapes, one bench that may house your linens, would not be what you want if you want to store shoes or boxes with old memories inside. Another function you may want is that this piece of furniture not only has enclosed storage, but may have display areas underneath the bench as well. The final area of consideration for function to think about is what kind of top do you need. Are you going to be sitting on it often, or do you want the beauty of solid wood or other material. If it is in front of a window consider a sitting style bench and if you will sit on it infrequently like for changing clothes a hard top will do just fine.
The next thing you need to consider is your decor. People often make the mistake of purchasing a piece of furniture that does not quite flow with its surrounding. Remember though, not all furniture in a room has to be the same exact style. Use your senses to make a decision. Sometimes furniture like benches do well at standing out a little bit in a room, while other times depending on the situation, a piece just needs to fit in and not be noticed or stand out. Remember that these are pieces of furniture and come in just about every style you could imagine, from all varieties of wood, to metal, or having cushions on top. The selection is nearly endless.
Dress up Armoires: These can be purchase online or at particular toy or furniture stores. Call around to see if any stores near you carry them so you can see what they look like. Typically these have hooks, drawers, and mirrors assembled on them in a child-friendly way. Pros: Organized, visually appealing, easy to use. Cons: Often expensive, difficult to find.
When it comes to toys your children are not currently using, storage boxes for kids are the best. Not only can you use these boxes to store toys, some of them can even function as furniture which is great if your kids have little space in their rooms.
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