Closet. If your child has a standard-sized closet, you'll notice pint-sized clothing do not require much space. Slide clothing to one side of the closet; on the other side add shelving and baskets to corral wayward toys.
Cubbies. Take cues from their teacher. Everything in your child's classroom has a place, from markers and crayons to cubbies for their coats and backpacks. Show your children how to employ the same organization skills at home. Label boxes so they know exactly where their items are. Clear bins are great for little ones who don't know how to read yet.
Under the bed. Underbed storage is an excellent way to keep toys accessible to children while preserving precious floor space.
Under the bench. You may be surprised to learn that your kitchen offers a storage solution for kids' stuff, too. If you are planning for banquette seating, be sure to include doors under the cushion to store supplies. This is an especially smart solution for crafty kiddos who typically work at the kitchen table.
Built-ins. Install built-ins in your child's room. When storage starts to become an issue again, it is a sign that it's time to edit. Allow your children to assist you in removing items they have outgrown. This helps to keep shelving safe and your investment in good condition.
Play space. If space permits, dedicate a room for your children's playthings. When children have a place to call their own, they tend to migrate there.
Bins. Family rooms are for family, children included. Even if your child has a dedicated playspace, include a bin for special toys they hold dear.