It’s a few days past Christmas… Are the toys in your home a hot mess? Yep, I have the same issues right now too!
One solution would be to get a whole bunch of bins and chuck the toys in them, but that wouldn’t look very nice, would it? I know I am always looking for more style-elevated ways to store my kids’ toys and I can’t be alone! Here are 10 ideas for ways to add a bit of style and a whole lotta function to your space, all while organizing toys, to boot!
You may notice that each of these options are open topped. There’s a reason for this: kids can’t (or won’t!) do lids. I don’t know why, but lids flummox them and I’ve found that kids will be much more likely to keep their toys picked up and put in the right space if they have open tops and they’re labeled!
So now that’s clear, let’s get on with the pretty options!
This canvas print tote is pretty great, don’t you think? After the kids are done with storing toys in it, you can use it to store magazines, blankets or craft projects. It’s collapsible so it can be stowed away when not in use, but it’s too great not to be out. It’s also available in other colors too if navy’s not your thing. But have you heard that navy is the new black?
I own a set of these rattan baskets and they work wonderfully on the bottom shelf of a bookcase in my craft room. They have straight sides which means that they hold a lot without taking up too much room! I especially like that you can easily tie on a label to make it super clear what’s inside!
Not all storage options need to specifically be labeled for use as a toy organizer! This tall bin is called a clothes hamper, but it would work wonderfully in a playroom to contain bulkier toys.
For smaller items, I love these cute canvas bins! And they’re such a steal for under $4 each! Matchbox cars would be perfect for this bin and the handles make it easy for little handles to grasp and carry around. And the cute print means that you won’t mind looking at it either!
Simple can also be stylish! This simple canvas bin also is fabulous because it comes pre-labeled. So often my kids take their toys from room to room and the handles on both sides would make it easy for them to carry it without spilling the contents.
For less portable storage, this wooden cubby fits the bill! The open bins and roomy shelves in this cubby allow for lots of different toy storage possibilities.
Keep toys totally out of sight with a colorful storage ottoman that can double as extra seating. Perfect for areas where you don’t want toys to be seen! Although this ottoman has a lid, I’ve included it on the list because the aim is to store and hide the toys. And that it does really well!
Introduce some style and organized function to the back of a door with this hanging organizer. I would use the top bins for toys you want the kids to have less access to… I dunno, maybe the noisy ones? Just sayin’! And use the bins at the bottom for favorite toys since they’ll be super accessible.
If you want your kids to pick up their toys, you’ll be best served with containers that don’t have lids. But a second best option is to have clear containers so that the contents can be clearly seen! These bins are great because unlike so many other plastic storage bins, they have straight walls which allow for much more to be stored inside. And see how close they can stack up next to each other with very little wasted space in between? I love it!
And once you’ve contained the toys, label the containers to ensure the right toys go back into the right container!
I’ve designed a super cute set of 32 labels that has both the word and a picture of the toy on the same label, making them perfect for readers and pre-readers! You can laminate them, make them into hanging tags, or cut them out and use adhesive back label holders to attach them to your containers for a super polished look!
And there you have my picks for 10 stylish toy organization solutions! Which one is your favorite?
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