This week, I have been in high-gear organization mode: cleaning out my computer, categorizing all of my blog files, sorting through all of our paper records, and attempting to start our first-ever scrapbook as a married couple. Whew! The spring cleaning bug is certainly buzzing. Still need some motivation?
These great ideas will help you to organize and store your kids’ mounting pile of toys...before it collapses.
From Left to Right: housetohome.co.uk, alamodemaven.com, blogs.babble.com, Pinterest (similar tutorial at:sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com), Pottery Barn Kids(DIY imitation from: leafandletterhandmade.blogspot.com), Pottery Barn Kids, thestir.cafemom.com, chikaustin.blogspot.com, beeskneesbungalow.com, Pottery Barn Kids via keephomesimple.blogspot.com, decorpad.com, apartmenttherapy.com, apartmenttherapy.com, BHG, & BHG
Tips from these photos:
- Display your child’s art projects on the wall with a magnetic strip, clothesline wire, or pushpins into a sliver of cork-board/bulletin board material. (Photo 1)
- Invest in some brightly woven baskets for toy storage (I love how this one has handles! – Photo 1)
- Opt for a more classic look with neutral baskets rather than the typical bright colors (Photo 2)
- Frame photos of your children and family above their toy storage for a sweet touch (Photo 2)
- If dress-up is more of a way of life in your household, create a child-size, dress-up rack for easy costume access whenever the imagination takes hold (Photo 3)
- Make your own clear, drawstring toy bags (Perfect for travel and works in the house as well – Photo 4), See tutorial at sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com.
- Expand space with these Bulk Bins from Pottery Barn Kids or construct your own version using vegetable crates (Photo 5), See tutorial at leafandletterhandmade.blogspot.com
- Try a toy chest — the consummate toy catchall. Growing up, I stored my toys in a similar chest, and I can’t help but feel partial to this oldie but goodie. (Photo 6)
- Label toys with images rather than words for pre-readers (Photo 7 – another great example of staying neutral with the baskets)
- Intermix books, toys, and storage bins into cubbies for a playful and accessible display (Photo 8) I also LOVE the globes for an inexpensive décor choice.
- Create “shelf swings” for your child’s stuffed animals and dolls (Photo 9)
- Take advantage of every space with large, pullout toy drawers/bins underneath play tables, beds, etc. (Photo 10)
- Go vertical with tall bookshelves filled with colorful children’s books (Photo 11)
- If possible, leave ample space between play-sets. You want to designate certain areas of the room for specific activities — reading area, dollhouse area, train set, etc. (Photo 11)
- Color-coordinate toy/book cubbies (Photo 12)
- Inspire your kids with fabric-covered letters spelling out words of encouragement (Photo 12)
- Give rolling toy crates a whirl (Photo 13)
- Use personalized buckets instead of the usual baskets and bins (Photo 14)
- Mount two bookshelves next to one another to assemble a Toy Storage Central (Photo 15)