Reign in Your Kids’ Toys with These Simple Storage Ideas!February 26, 2014 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized
There are many nights when I shut the door on the playroom mess to deal with it tomorrow (unfortunately my girls aren’t the best at picking up after themselves – if you have tips, please share!!). However, organizing their toys has gotten easier in our new home with the addition of some closet space and some better storage systems I put in place.
I found these really cute and colorful boxes at Target this winter. Unfortunately, they were only available around Christmas, but I bought them up in the after-Christmas sales for only a couple dollars each. I thought they would be perfect for toy room storage. The tins at the top are actually kitchen tins, but work great for small toys! Keep an eye out for similar colorful storage – I found these colorful containers at Amazon.
2. Make your own containers – if you don’t want to spend money on containers, make your own! Many of the containers in the playroom closet are repurposed food containers, such as these small bins made from baby formula containers. Check out the full tutorial.
I also covered larger containers (Costco-sized pretzel and animal cracker tubs) with pretty paper – here is how. Old shoe boxes covered in pretty paper also look great!
3. Use caddies – I love using caddies for markers, paint brushes, chalk, etc. It makes it easy to organize them and move them around to wherever the girls are crafting. This is a utensil carrier turned art supply holder!
4. Put toys that you want to make accessible the lowest – Whether you have a closet or a bookshelf, it helps to organize it based on what you want your little ones to be able to reach, and what you don’t. The bottom shelf of our playroom closet holds the girls’ stuffed animals. It is frequently emptied out by Hazel, my 2 year old, and all the animals end up in a heap on the playroom floor – usually with her buried in there somewhere. I used to have all the stuffed animals in a big basket, but I’ve found that putting them out on the shelf the girls were more likely to play with them.
I keep the stuff I don’t want my 2 year old getting into on the shelves higher up!
6. Sort coloring books and paper in a file organizer – I love this bamboo file organizer I bought from Amazon. It fits their coloring books perfectly and makes it easy to see find a particular one.
8. Jazz up a closet – for fun we put this colorful kids’ chandelier in the girls’ closet. It was left in one of the bedrooms by the previous owners. I also put a couple pieces of art on the closet wall.
10. Shop at Goodwill or Salvation Army! – This is my plug for buying toys at thrift stores. I had great luck in Chicago finding toys at the local Salvation Army. So far here in San Antonio, the Goodwill seems to have a smaller selection of toys and they seem overpriced for the condition they are in. The quality and selection varies city to city, but it is worth checking out. Nearly all of the games and puzzles in this closet I got from Salvation Army for $1-$2 each. I only had a couple instances where a piece was missing! Garage sales are another great source – there were a couple churches in Chicago that held kids garage sales that I found some amazing stuff at!