It’s a problem every parent faces in their home: containing the chaos of your children’s toys. Having a messy home cluttered with loads of books, dolls, toy cars, Lego, and cuddly toys can be an eyesore and safety hazard. With lots of things lying around, you can start to feel overwhelmed.
You want your children to have plenty of fun playing with their toys, but you also want to keep your rooms neat and organised. If space is at a premium in your home or you have just moved house, keeping everything clear of toys takes on a new importance. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of handy storage ideas for your kids’ toys.
● MULTIPURPOSE FURNITURE
When it comes to storage of any kind, multipurpose furniture is your friend! These are chairs or tables that also have storage space inside of them, making them both a great place to sit or place items as well as hide away your stuff. Think benches, ottomans, or coffee tables with hollowed out insides.
Ottomans are fantastic since they provide extra seating in your living room and they are also a quick option to throw in a bunch of toys. A bench also adds seating but with a much larger storage space. If you have a little nook in your house with a bench, you can place baskets underneath the seat to easily store toys. You can even make your own by using a bookshelf on its side!
● CUSTOMISABLE SHELVING
Shelves that you can adjust is incredibly useful for storing your children’s toys. Instead of trying to fit toys into your shelves, like a jigsaw puzzle, your shelves should conform to your items. A shelf that you can adjust the height of means you can store toys of any size—from small building blocks to entire playsets.
Another type of shelving you should consider is the modular kind. These are shelves that you can build in any formation you like and easily rearrange whenever you like. Modular shelves are neat and stylish, and you can arrange them in a way that maximises storage space for the toys in your house.
● MATCHING CONTAINERS
If you want to maintain a clean and uniform look in your rooms, then make sure to use matching containers. With storage containers that have the same colour or style, you’ll create a neat and consistent feel to your room. It minimises the amount of visual noise of the room. This creates the illusion that everything is organised—perfect when it comes to a usually messy playroom!
● LABELS, LABELS, LABELS
Labels are very useful for keeping everything sorted. If you have plenty of storage boxes and baskets, then labels will help you keep track of all your kids’ toys. Label containers by category or type of toy. This way, your children knows where each toy is, whether they are looking for paint supplies or toy dinosaurs. They won’t have to rummage through multiple boxes to find the one toy they’re looking for.
Labeling boxes also make it easier when tidying up. Just look for the container with the corresponding label and drop the toy in and nothing will ever get mixed up. A quick and easy solution for a quick and easy clean!
● USE VERTICALITY
To take advantage of your space as much as possible, look up or down. Try adding a pegboard or floating shelf for even more storage space for toys and other kid accessories higher up. A few hooks can greatly increase the amount of hanging storage space for your children’s things. Also, tuck boxes underneath tables or beds to make space, keeping the room clear of piles of containers.
The tops of shelves and higher compartments should be used for things your children don’t interact with on a daily basis. Place their favourite and most-used toys in places they can reach so that playtime and clean up time go much more smoothly.
With these storage ideas, your children can have an enriching experience playing with their toys while also making it easier to tidy up once they have finished. And whether you have just moved into a new house or been in your house for a long time, keeping your home neat and organised is crucial to a happy living environment for everyone.
What do you think of these toy storage ideas? Do you have any other creative ways to keep your kids’ rooms tidy?
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post
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Rachael Sexey says
These look great
Leila Benhamida says
Can never get enough space for toys. Great ideas
That is true! Thank you! 🙂
Kev Cannon says
Some great ideas here, my son has taken over most of our house with his toys, books and games to the point where I’ve got nowhere to keep all of my stuff – even the airing cupboard is full of toys at the moment. I tried to implement a one in, one out rule with hi stuff but I got overruled 🙂
I know what you mean! They take over the house! Lol
Deborah MacKenzie says
Some really great ideas. Not just for kids either, many ideas could be used for hobbyists or bedrooms.
Lydia C. Lee says
Looks fantastic! #KCACOLS
My kid is very, “organized” as am I, so getting things back where they belonged was never a problem. It seemed like we had bins all over the place but there was never any clutter. Keeping their favorite things where they are easily reachable is an important one, as is making sure that they have ample time for clean up when play time is over #KCACOLS
Enda Sheppard says
Love the multi-purpose seating in the first photo! #KCACOLS
Some fantastic ideas, with 5 daughters storage for toys has been a big thing for us.
Jasmine Goodwin says
This is an area where I really need a lot of help, you have great tips and ideas. #KCACOLS
You have selected some excellent ideas on practical ways to use the space you have. I like the sidre bench time storage, that is really clever X #kcacols
Helen Copson says
We are lucky enough to have a really big playroom in our house, and it’s full of storage and boxes – all labelled and with different ‘areas’ for different things eg, a reading corner, dinosaur corner, lego corner (it looks better than it sounds, honest!) but with two three year olds and a five year old it’s messy within about five minutes of me tidying it up! Great tips though. #KCACOLS
Shelley Whittaker (Wander & Luxe) says
This is a never ending issue in my house and one that drives me WILD! Ha ha. Thanks for all of the suggestions – I will definitely try and find some furniture with more storage #KCACOLS
Dana, A Mamanista Life says
Amazing storage ideas, at the moment we have toys everywhere as the kids have been busy at home seven days a week. I will be on a storage mission when the kids go back to school this autumn x x #KCACOLS
Amazing storage ideas 🙂 #KCACOLS
I love the benches with storage inside them. They’d be so perfect for our playroom! #KCACOLS
Jade Page says
Helpful ideas here, for me multipurpose is such a winner. #KCACOLS
Rachel Day says
These are great ideas. I love to have my kids toys in storage boxes. I like to be tidy. #kcacols