(Toy storage pictured above is from KidCraft and is available for purchase here.)
The Holidays are over and now you’re looking for toy storage ideas because your house, your kids’ rooms and every nook and cranny seems to be busting at the seams with toys. I know how you feel! I can relate for two reasons – 1) I review toys for a living and we always have toys everywhere and 2) Our 8 year old was abundantly blessed this Holiday season with more toys than he knows what to do with.
We still have a few days left of our Christmas break and I have organizing on the brain! Every time I walk into Aaron’s room I have heart palpitations. It’s a mess and toys are everywhere. If you’re looking for some toy storage ideas, here are 5 that I found.
Side note: Obviously the first step to organizing any room (I used to own a professional organizing business) is to get rid of items you do not need or use anymore. I usually try to do this before the Holidays and we did weed through Aaron’s toys before Christmas. But, he could definitely stand to get rid of some more things and donate them.
5 Toy Storage Ideas for All Those Toys
1. Bankable Book Shelf from the Land of Nod
Using 3 to 4 ft.bookshelves is one of my favorite ways to organize toys, books and stuffed animals. The one pictured above is from The Land of Nod and is quite pricey. If your budget doesn’t allow you to spend $300 + on toy storage, you can get the same storage solution and look with affordable bookshelves. Just make sure you measure the depth of the shelves before purchasing containers. This is a great solution for organizing toys, books, stuffed animals and for displaying some of your child’s collections.
See different book shelf options on Amazon here. Remember, if you don’t find one in the color you like, that’s what paint is for. We just painted my daughter’s desk a gorgeous blue and she loves it!
2. Kid Friendly Buckets for Small Toys from BHG
If your kids are anything like mine, they do not play with toys in just one room. Kids usually want to be where everyone else is. So, they need an easy system to tote their toys from room to room. Make it easy for them with kid friendly buckets for those smaller toys. A bucket can be defined as “kid friendly” if it is lightweight, has handles, is not too large and has an easy to read label so your kids know exactly what goes back in the bucket.
The storage tubs below are available here at Amazon for around $10 a piece. They come in a rainbow of colors.
3. Expedit Shelves from IKEA as seen on Design Crisis
The Expedit Shelves from IKEA are one of the most popular toy storage ideas I’ve seen lately. They are affordable, visually appealing and have many storage options. You can store items loose or use containers. This is what I want to eventually do in Aaron’s room. The blogger above spent around $120 on the table/chair set and the shelves.
You can purchase them at your local IKEA store or online at Amazon here. As you can see in the picture below, the shelves are shown upright, but all you have to do is lay it on its side and voila!, instant toy storage at your child’s level, that won’t topple over.
4. Under the Bed Toy Storage
For rooms that are short on space, storing some items under the bed is a great way to go. Aaron has several laundry baskets that fit under his bed and we have them separated into categories – cars, action figures, magic (yes – he has an entire container full of magic tricks). It works well for him because they are easy to slide out and back in.
The laundry baskets also work for us because you can see them. He has curtains on his bunk bed,which makes the bottom bunk kind of like a tent (he loves it) and covers up the under the bed storage. It’s a very affordable solution and works great for us right now.
5. LEGO Storage Solutions
If you have a child who loves LEGOs, you know just how they somehow end up all over the house. You also know how much it hurts when you step on a LEGO.
There are all kinds of options for LEGO storage. You can go with separating them by colors like Jen Jones from I Heart Organizing (pictured above) has done in her boys’ playroom. (Her home is featured in the recent Better Homes and Gardens Storage edition. I have devoured it!) Separating them by colors aggravates Aaron, so we just store them in a rolling bin. It works for him.
You can also use the tote option like I mentioned in #2.
Are you ready to tackle those toys and implement some of these toy storage ideas? I sure am! Please share some of your toy storage solutions in the comments below because we can all use some ideas on what works for others. Happy organizing!