From inexpensive shelving to pricey built-ins and from closet redos to underbed storage, these clutter-busting solutions might just inspire you to tackle the storage problems in your kids' rooms.
Simple rolling bins replace a typical toy box and allow the bins to be moved from room to room to be near Mom and Dad.
Convert four plastic crates into one big toy caddy that lifts from the floor to a closet shelf when playtime ends. Use plastic zip ties to connect the crates and add an elastic cord with hook ends as a handle. Sort lightweight plastic toys into the bins.
Installing a bank of cabinets in unused crawlspace provides oodles of storage. Cabinets with pullout baskets, open shelves, and see-through fronts mean toys are accessible to kids, but clothes, shoes, and other items can be hidden behind closed doors.
Hang a display shelf high on the wall to keep your child's treasures in view. These items will be out of the way when your kids are toddlers and can serve as a changing arrangement of trophies, artwork, and outgrown stuffed animals as the years pass.
An awkward nook of space gets a storage redo with a few simple shelves, bin storage up high, and twin drawer units underneath. The TV shelf was mounted at desk height so the space can be used for homework once school starts.
In a room that's large enough, a dresser can be a great addition. Fill with clothing, CDs, or games, and it will be useful for many years. This one is detailed with orange frames around each drawer front.
Large white wicker baskets offer handy storage for bulky items such as toys or out-of-season clothing. To cut down on dust, look for storage bins with lids, or simply drape a rectangle of fabric over the top of each basket.
New cabinets, built to look original to the house, offer much-needed storage space all the way up to the ceiling. In addition, drawers built under the window seat provide handy places to keep toys at child level.
Here's how to make a comfy hideout, complete with built-in storage cubbies and a work surface for coloring or homework.