2019 Home Organization Challenge Week 12: Playroom/Hobbies

March 23, 2019

Welcome back to A Bowl Full of Lemons. If you’ve been participating in the organizing challenge, way to go. Last week, you cleared the clutter from your home office. That is a major accomplishment and you will start to reap the benefits of this organized space. We are now entering week 12 of the challenge – the playroom or hobbies (scrapbooking, sewing, home gym, etc). It’s time to have a little fun and create an organized toy or hobby space in your home. Are you ready to get busy?


If you’re new to the challenge, print out the schedule and checklists below and begin on the current week. For encouragement, join our Home Organization Facebook community to share your progress, or struggles, or questions. Or simply look through the photos and read how others are doing.

Free Challenge Kit



PREPARE:   Gather 4 bins, one for each of the following.  

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Trash/Recycle
  • Other Room

SORT:  Go through everything on the shelves, baskets, floors and drawers, dividing into 4 categories. Purge as much clutter as you can.  If your kids haven’t played with something in a while or they’ve grown out it, let it go.  Also if a certain game or toy is a major source of clutter, purge it!CLEAN:

  • Wipe down shelves
  • Clean inside & outside of bins
  • Clean toys & hobby items
  • Wash stuffed animals on gentle cycle (check care tag)

ORGANIZE: It’s time to go through everything in the “keep” category. Put the other boxes where they belong. When organizing, remove one item at a time – categorizing it. You can use a different shelf, basket, or drawer for each category. The goal is to categorize!


My kids no longer play with toys, so this post is here simply to inspire you. Our new “toys” are in our home gym. My family loves to exercise and that’s where we spend a lot of our free time. I will share our new home gym aka “toy room” with you on Tuesday.


When our kids were longer, I kept their toys organized in these bins (from Target). The shelf is from Ikea. I labeled the bins clearly, so there wasn’t any confusion as to where things needed to go.


They picked up after themselves and it always stayed pretty clean. This is a great organizing solution families who have children in this stage of their lives.


Here are few more blog posts that will inspire you to get toys organized.


For the perfect companion guide to our challenge, purchase The Complete Book to Home Organization. It includes all 14 weekly challenges as well as a ton of inspiration and tips about the spaces we will be organizing. No need to log onto the computer for ideas, this manual has it all!


If you need more guidance on cleaning your house, be sure to pick up The Complete Book of Clean.  It has tons of tips and checklists that will teach you how to get your homes sparkling clean.


Sort through all of the toys in your house this week. Purge what your kids no longer play with. Share your progress on Instagram using the hash tag #abfolchallenge, blog about the weekly challenges, and  share your before and after pictures over at my Home Organization group here.  Hold yourself accountable and finish all 14 challenges! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish.  Good luck. I’ll see you back next week for the week 13 challenge. Happy Organizing!


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