Hi! My name is Lo, creator of A Lo and Behold Life, a blog about all things that make my house a home. I’m constantly searching for thoughtful and creative ways to add charm, style and organization into my family’s life. My passion is to breathe a little innovation into ordinary items giving them life and inspiring others to do the same. I was honored to be chosen to have my favorite and most popular DIY car garage project featured in the Better Homes and Gardens January I Did it! section. As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, to have my sons included in the article showing off their beloved toy car collection was the proverbial cherry on top!
Since the 1950′s, children have been captivated by Matchbox® and Hot Wheels® cars. My boys are no different. Their infatuation with all things on four wheels started at a very young age, and I can hardly find a baby picture without one of them holding a toy car in his little hand.
My husband and I found ourselves using these cars as an inexpensive reward system, “If you are good for mommy in the grocery store you can pick out a new toy car at the check-out counter.” Before we knew it, the overwhelming toy car collection was growing up and over the broken & warped storage basket in the playroom and migrating to all parts of our home!
You’ve been there, right? In the last week how many times have you heard, “Mom, where’s my car?” How many minutes have been wasted trying to find that one favorite toy car that always goes missing? Can you count the number of times you’ve stepped on those toys cars that never seem to get put away?
I searched high and low for a functional and affordable storage solution for these cars, but everything out there was either really expensive or just not practical for a 2 year old, never mind two of them. Then I discovered that with a little ingenuity and creativity I could repurpose a shoe rack to create a wall unit that would organize their entire toy car collection and look really cool too!
What I didn’t expect was how enthusiastic my toddlers would become in keeping their toy cars organized. Not only was this rack a total space saver but now the boys were taking responsibility for cleaning up their cars, becoming independent in finding that favorite car on his own, and taking pride in their beloved toy car collection. It was a Matchbox miracle!
There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Do-It-Yourself car garage project on A Lo and Behold Life. Clearly parents are in need of a practical organization solution to solve their household storage dilemmas. Knowing that not everyone out there has the time, resources, or interest to be a DIY’er I thought, “How can I get this car garage to the masses?” And so with a little encouragement from family and friends the Mom! Where’s my car? wall garage was put into production.
If you told me two years ago that this seemingly simple idea would be as popular as it is and could potentially be the little engine that could clear toy car clutter forever I would have laughed. But if my family and I can bring some peace, independence, and organization into your home then all our efforts to bring it to you will be worth it. Come along with us to put the brakes on toy car clutter at www.momwheresmycar.com
Trend: Dipped Baskets!
Of course, these super chic baskets can be used to store just about anything, but I think they would be most darling in a child’s play space. Whether that is your living room, playroom or bedroom, they are versatile enough to house a variety of toys while your kiddos are young, and transform into beautiful adult storage when they are grown.
What are other functional, fun and smart ways to store all those toys? Here are a few more ideas.
Storage ottomans have to be one of my most favorite simple solutions for toys. They come in so many colors, shapes and sizes; and they double as seating or a place to prop up your feet. They can be tucked into corners and under console tables or be placed in front of the sofa. The best part is that most are soft sided, making them even more kid friendly. I love that they keep the toy clutter discreetly tucked away, yet toys are simple to access at playtime.
A sideboard or a set of cabinets can also be relied upon for tucked away toy storage. Chic on the outside yet they boast all sorts of storage for games and bulky toys on the inside! The best part is that they can also be used in just about any room in the home.
Bookcases or cubbies keep toys right within reach and keep it simple for youngsters to access the items they adore, and they also provide the versatility of mixing and matching baskets and bins for both concealed and open storage.
Within our own personal playroom, space was awkward and limited so I used some Expedit bookcases to create benches that not only provide oodles of low toy storage, but also double as seating. Multi-functional solution for the win!
Open bin storage units not only look great, but separate toys by type, are ultra durable and also assist in quick clean-ups.
Sliding bins and crate like bins with wheels tuck nicely under shelving and furniture when not being used, yet are easy peasy to pull out when it’s time to play.
Mini suitcases are not only darling room accessories, they also make great storage for all those itty bitty toys and miscellaneous items that kids tend to find and “collect”.
Pocket organizers utilize a room’s vertical space and are especially great for housing dolls and their accessories.
As much as I adore a good woven basket, canvas bins are a bit more durable and the soft sided edges make them especially ideal for little ones. They are also lighter weight and come in a large variety of colors, patterns and sizes.