When you have children it is normal to have toys all over your house.
It’s not easy to come up with an aesthetic solution to store all those action figures, books, and stuffed animals.
We give you the best tips for a modern and intelligent organization of your child’s toys.
Portable toy storage
Using portable memory is the first idea for your child’s toy. You can use the same portable caddy after your child grew up as an organization in your garage, for example.
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Modular system memory
Another way to bring order to a messy playground in your home is to use modular system storage. Lower drawers can be used for large and medium-sized toys, while the stuffed animals lie in a bench with cubes.
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A bench at the end of the bed in your child’s bedroom provides additional storage space for the toys. This storage idea will hide medium and large toys or store the book and the stuffed animals. Remember that you can use the bench as a place to change shoes or combine clothes for the next day.
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One organizer, lots of toys
If you need an organizer for all your toys and games, a storage space with drawers and cubes is the right choice for you. You can put stickers on the large drawers for larger toys and puzzles, while the cubes and smaller drawers for small toys and games.
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If you don’t want your home to be cluttered with organizers or drawers, consider buying duplicate furniture such as stools or beds with built-in drawers.
Instead of buying tiny shelves, you should buy adult-sized storage space. This way you are wasting the vertical space.
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The organizer you choose should be suitable for all children’s toys, not the other way around.
It is always a good idea to put commonly used toys on low shelves. So your child can reach them and collect them after playing.
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The following five ways will show you how to handle the crowd.
- Make a check-in / check-out rule. You can turn a closet into a toy library. Your child should check out the old toy when they want to check in a new one.
- You and your child should be aware that you cannot have toys for every activity. If your child enjoys preschool activities like painting, you don’t need to have a painting kit at home either. Thus, your child will not be overwhelmed by the same activity.
- Children rarely want to throw away their toys or donate them. You can use the Christmas season as a lever and decide which toys to donate. During this period, children know that new toys are coming home, so they are open to parting with the old ones.
- Don’t keep the toys your child doesn’t play with. You will make other children happy by donating it and freeing up your space at the same time.
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Five things you’re doing wrong
- Select board labels. We all know chalk writing is popular these days, but it always gets erased. Typed or handwritten labels used.
- Having a toy box is not a good idea for storing toys. That way, the toys are not organized and you will end up with tons of unused toys.
- Children cannot open containers with containers. Do not buy lid boxes for your child’s toys as these are difficult to open. Instead, buy trash cans and encourage them to put the toys in.
- Store toys on the floor. Only the large toys such as the play kitchen or castle should remain on the floor. All other toys should be kept in boxes or containers.
- Don’t buy a toy that you like but not your child. If your child isn’t playing with it, you shouldn’t be wasting your money or overcrowding your home.
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Group all of the stuffed animals together
- Put all the stuffed animals on your child’s bed before bed. If there are toys on the floor in the morning, this is a sign to get rid of them.
- Hide the soft toys in a closet, if your child asks for something, give it to him. If not, it’s time to donate.
- Make a cage! Drill evenly spaced holes in the sides of the wooden boxes and hook mini bungee cords to keep the animals inside.
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- Keep the dolls in a shoe organizer over the door. Put the most played at eye level with your child.
- When your child is older, they can keep the doll’s clothes in zip pockets and put in an expandable folder.
- Use an egg carton to store little Barbie’s accessories. So every single accessory will be in an individual place.
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- Do not keep the cardboard packaging of the Legos. They can be 30-40% larger than the toy itself
- Kids get bored redesigning the same Lego project a few times. If your kid isn’t a remaker, put the pieces in the main Lego collection.
- You can divide under the bed’s drawers to make space for projects in progress. We cut strips of balsa wood from a craft store to make drawer dividers.
- Use rolling control fans for containment. Children can take them where they need them. When it’s time to clean up, roll a container on the table and slide all of those Legos inside.
- When your child finishes the project, take a picture of it and save it in an album.
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Board game memory
- The corners of the boxes of the new games will tear after a while – put strong, clear tape on the inside and outside corners to reinforce them.
- To protect card games like Uno and Apples to Apples, put them in a two-compartment lunch container.
- Game savers are another alternative to board game boxes. They consist of special compartments for dice, game pieces, spinners, cards and boards.
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It’s always easier to remember photos as letters. So use photos to let readers know where their toys belong.
Planes, trains, and automobiles
Embrace the storage boxes designed for toy cars like the Hot Wheels 48 Car Carry Case.
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Drawers under your couch
The Golden Sycamore drawers are a great place to store your child’s toys. These drawers slide under the couch and then fall over it.
Bookcases with curtains
Parents always keep their children’s toys and games in bookcases. However, this is not a fine, visually organized space. Consider plumberry pie’s solution to covering the bookcases with shower curtains.
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Below we present the best ideas for storing toys:
- Mason jars with animal top. Your kids will fall in love with these jars with plastic animals. You can store colored pencils, action figures, and many other small toys.
- Did you envision a fruit box as a toy store? Just use rollers, spray paint, spare wood, the crate itself and you have a beautiful handmade toy storage solution.
- Personalize old wine boxes and turn them into easy-to-slide kids’ toy storage.
- You can make a window seat with toy storage underneath. That way, you’ll have a comfortable place to snuggle up with your kids and toys and organize books.
- When you have bunk beds, turning a bedroom wall into a storage unit is easy. All you need to use is ready-made cabinets and plain wood.
- Make storage ottoman for your living room. Use a simple wooden toy box, thumbtacks, and a padded sheet of plywood.
- Turn your old wooden dresser with open shelves into a colorful toy cellar.
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Toy storage is not that easy. We have given you many toy storage solutions. It’s up to you which one you will use. Don’t worry, you can have kids, tons of toys, and an organized and clean home.