Written on September 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm , by Jen Jones
There is no doubt that toys seem to multiply in the night. And it is often times most convenient to store all of those goodies within the commonly used areas of the home, such as the bedroom, playroom, living room and even within the home office.
So how does one keep a little bit of order mixed with some style, when it comes to stashing kid’s gear? Here are a few of my favorite ways to store children’s belongings in both convenient and pretty ways.
Any furniture that does double duty storage is a win in my book. Benches not only add cozy seating to a space, they also bring in storage for stuffed animals, toys and books.
Bedrooms aren’t typically known for their abundance of storage and space, so when you add toys to a place where sleeping and getting dressed often take priority, it may require a little creative thinking. Utilizing the space under the bed by adding drawers on casters, is a smart way to gain oodles of space saving storage and keeps toys concealed when it is time to get some zzz’s.
Storage on wheels is a really smart way to corral toys, as kids have no trouble pulling the bins out for playtime, and they easily roll back to where they belong when it is time to pick up. Bonus points for adding a decorative label and even more extra credit for adding a photo of the toy when your little one is unable to read.
Shoe pocket organizers are a simple solution for smaller items and accessories and also for those one off toys that don’t belong to part of a larger set.
It is always great to encourage kids to craft and create, but it is not so much fun when crayons end up on hallway walls and smiley faces are painted on computer monitors. Keep items that are extra messy, tucked behind cabinet doors that lock to ensure that paints and clays are only used during supervised art time.
Open shelving with toys concealed in decorative bins offer easy access for both play and cleanup and is a versatile enough option to be functional in any space of the home.
Toy chests have been around for decades because they work! Because of their height and size, they are the perfect solution for youngsters to easily reach in and grab their favorite play things. They also make pick up time a breeze and their lids neatly tuck things away.
Square cubbies are another long time favorite way to store children’s belongings, since you can mix and match a variety of bins and baskets with the ability to also store larger awkward shaped toys and stacks of books for story time.
There are many mix and match storage options available on the market, that allow you to customize storage to your exact needs. Combining different sized pieces allow for versatility based on toy and bin sizes, and the ability to add doors allows you to decide what you would like on display and what you would like kept concealed.
With time, our little ones eventually grow out of playing with toys, so it is smart to remember that when planning and implementing your storage systems. Bookcases, cabinets, drawers, benches, armoires and cubbies are all common pieces of furniture that can be used to store other items down the line, so they make great investment pieces.
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