The Family Home: Toy Storage That's Child's Play
Make toy organization and pickup a breeze with designated bins and boxes throughout the house
Combating toy clutter is a battle families encounter on a daily basis. Whether you're dealing with an avid Lego collector or a house full of dolls, you have probably stopped in your tracks on numerous occasions and thought to yourself, "We have too many toys!" After you've decluttered and donated, what are the best solutions to store what you have left? Here are eight simple tried and true methods that will get your toys (and your children) organized.
1. Make it easy. Easy pullout drawers make pickup time more efficient and less overwhelming for your children.
2. Think up. Using vertical space to store toys and books is a great remedy for smaller spaces. By adding three shelves to this wall, the homeowner is able to display favorite toys and books without sacrificing style.
3. Use a labeler. If you're specific about which bins toys are stored in, label them. This will make cleanup time easier for your children and their friends. If your children aren't reading yet, use pictures.
4. Make do. It isn't necessary to purchase expensive storage systems to organize toys. Look around your home and see what you already have on hand that may work. I love the idea of utilizing an old crate, as shown here, to store toys. Four wheels make pushing the crate from room to room during pickup will be a breeze.
5. Think like a kid. Store your children's most loved toys at their level. This will make it easier for them to find (and put away) the things they play with most.
6. Don't box it all away. When your children tire of well-loved toys, consider putting them on display instead of boxing them away. Having them in view just may reinspire their use, saving you room in the garage and money in your wallet.
7. Have a place for everything. We've all heard the old adage "A place for everything and everything in its place." Those words are true for toys too. Designating an area, a shelf or even a basket for each specific item is essential to staying organized.
8. Go beyond the toy room. If your children play with toys in multiple rooms in your home, provide areas to store them. Placing puzzles, books and small toys on the lower levels of a bookcase, as in the image shown here, will keep toy clutter in check all over the house.
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Ideabook published on April 4, 2012.
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