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Project: Setting up a bin system for toy storage.Why: The best way to declutter a room is to give everything a place.Who to hire: Retrofitting an existing shelf with bins could be a DIY task. For a larger project that includes buying new furniture or building custom cabinetry or closets, an interior designer, a professional organizer or a closet designer can help. A carpenter can also create built-in storage.Cost range: $200 to $10,000. To add a few bins costs very little. To design and build permanent cabinets or a storage wall costs more.Lisa Hershman of Play Chic Interiors in New York specializes in designing rooms for kids, and she explains the costs this way:$200: Buys an assortment of bins for the floor or existing shelves.$600: Could buy a vintage piece — such as a buffet or an armoire — that could be repurposed for toy storage.$1,000 to $1,200: Could secure a substantial bookcase, a baker’s rack or a modular shelving system.$5,000: Buys semicustom cabinetry from a closet fabricator.$10,000: Could buy a custom piece from a carpenter.“You can find a designer or an organizer to work with at any of these price points,” Hershman says. “But these numbers reflect the cost of goods and not design fees.” Toy storage is an area where people tend to buy things they don’t need and underutilize space, so hiring a professional can end up saving money.
Be cool as a family. A bright and well-organized playroom is a hallmark of a hipster home. And this Canadian family knows a thing or two about being hip. Eight-year-old Brennen has skulls on his sweater, so therefore he is cooler than you by default. So is their greyhound, Rumble, who has a skull-print collar. See more: My Houzz: Universal Design Helps an 8-Year-Old Feel at Home
Brocklehurst stores loose items and small toys in clear tubs. Built-in shelves hold toys and craft supplies.