Post-Christmas Conundrum: Toy Storage
Get Ideas for Storing the Kids' Playthings in Style
For parents, the moment the holiday ends holds a bit of a predicament: After the torn wrapping paper and mangled bows get picked up, what to do with all these new toys? You can start by donating any old ones that have fallen out of favor to clear some space, then check out these options for storing children's playthings in style.
Arranged just so, a pile of toys becomes an adorable vignette.
A mix of open shelving and cabinets keeps favorite toys in clear view, and easily hides detritus too.
Big built-ins hide all manner of games—and even a kid or too.
This little furniture piece works as a table for drawing and playing, but open the drawer on the bottom, and with one sweep everything's stored away.
Here's a similar version for an older child. It makes a good spot for homework and crafts as well.
A neat line of buckets can hold anything from building blocks to crayons, all separated for easy organization.
For busy little hands, storing playthings out of reach can be a good idea.
And the arrangement works for older kids, too. They can reach items when needed, and clear them out of sight when not.
Space is at a premium when two kids share a bedroom. To keep it from turning into a disaster zone, utilize space under the beds. (That might be a trundle bed below, but could just as easily hold a pull-out drawer.)
Left alone, the space under the bed could easily become a black hole for misplaced socks, playing cards, and the like. A container or two, like the baskets used here, will ensure there's at least some organization at work down there.
How do your kids keep their rooms clean?
Ideabook published on Dec. 25, 2010.
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