25 Toy Storage Ideas to Help You Tidy Up

Keep kids entertained and keep the house neat by creating simple systems for children's toys.

black-and-white labeled baskets with various toys
Photo: John Bessler

When left unchecked, kids' toys tend to turn up all over the house. To keep towers of toys contained, try these solutions to stash their playthings in an organized, accessible place. These kids' toy storage ideas will help contain the clutter in your child's room and throughout the rest of your home.

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Back-of-the-Door Toy Storage

toy storage in kids bedroom

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

One of the most underused spaces in most homes is the inside of doors. If you’re cramped for space, utilize the back of a closet or bedroom door. Consider adding a sturdy organizer to a playroom toy closet. Tuck books into baskets or hang dress-up costumes from hooks on a pegboard. These types of racks are completely customizable so they can grow with your child, and their stuff, over time.

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Mix-and-Match Storage Containers

kids toy storage with baskets and bins

Marty Baldwin

Not every single bin or basket has to be the same for an organized playroom. Sure, it gives a seamless look but you can easily organize toys without blowing your budget on new containers. Corral a handful of containers from around the house and arrange similar ones together on the same shelves. Open baskets with handles work well for larger toys like stuffed animals and trucks. Lidded bins that stack are good for smaller items like dinosaurs and tracks. While they might not match exactly, they’ll still look coordinated and keep toys tidy.

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Simple Solutions for Kids' Toys

toy storage for stuffed animals

David Land

Baskets are one of the easiest ways to clean up after a long day of play. While they’re not exactly space-saving, a few baskets strategically scattered around a play area, kid's bedroom, or den will make tidying up a breeze. Toss soft items such as stuffed animals, dolls, and balls into wide, open baskets and clear the floors in a matter of seconds. If you’re using baskets in a communal area, such as the living room, choose ones that match the aesthetic and have a lid so they blend into the decor.

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Kids' Storage Shelves

pink sofa floor-to-ceiling bookcase chalkboard pillow playroom
Edmund Barr

Take advantage of every inch of available space in your child's room by outfitting corners or narrow stretches of wall with built-in shelving. The shelves of this niche offer storage space for books, with most within kids' reach. This trick is especially handy when configuring toy storage ideas for small spaces.

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Kids' Toy Organization

black-and-white labeled baskets with various toys
John Bessler

Food storage containers are a smart, space-saving way to organize small kids' toys. These clear containers with snap-on lids provide designated places for toy cars, character figurines, crayons, and more. Stack them up inside large baskets for easy portability.

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Under-Stairs Storage

toy storage bookshelves under staircase

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Awkward space below stairs can provide much-needed storage. Whether it’s already built out or you’re handy and want to DIY under-the-stairs shelving, this area can serve as the perfect hidden toy storage. Longer shelves bode well for containers and baskets for small items like cars and blocks. Shorter, staggered shelves display favorite figurines, souvenirs from vacation, artwork, and the latest Lego creations. If the kids are old enough, include a step stool so they can reach the top shelves.

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Kid-Friendly Storage Labels

toy storage for legos and stuffed animals and toy cars

Brie Williams

Kids of varying ages might not be on the same reading level as one another. While labeling is always a good idea to keep things better organized, it might be difficult for young children to read them. Consider combining words with photos of the type of toy on the same label. This helps everyone find and put away toys. It can also prove beneficial for those beginning to read as they associate the words with a visual of the item.

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Built-In Kids' Storage

games and toys in cabinets and pull-out shelf
Werner Straube

Utilize built-in cabinetry to hide kids' toy storage in plain sight. Among this bank of cabinets, one unit is dedicated to storing art supplies, books, puzzles, and other playthings. A pull-out shelf keeps supplies in easy reach, while bins offer stow-away space for loose items like building blocks.

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Coffee Table Toy Storage

toy storage for board games

Jay Wilde

Family rooms are often multipurpose spaces used for play and hosting guests. Having a quick and easy way to put toys away when needed (especially for those last-minute pop-ins) can help keep your room neat and tidy. A coffee table with storage is a simple solution. Find one with cabinets that close and hide clutter. Board games and puzzles stack well inside, while the surface makes the perfect place to play games or put together the puzzles on family game night.

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Toy Storage Baskets

children toy storage containers
Steven McDonald

Baskets can provide simple storage for children's toys. This colorful assortment provides lightweight storage for books, art supplies, plush toys, and other small items in a playroom. Color-code the bins for specific purposes, or label the front of each to make cleanup time a breeze for little hands.

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Kid-Friendly Open Shelving

detail white shelves wood counter craft supplies toys storage
Edmund Barr

Low, open shelves make it easy for kids to grab their favorite toys and put them away when playtime is over. Use baskets, canisters, or desktop organizers to sort and store loose items for a clean look. Soft-sided bins with handles provide convenient access for little hands.

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Color-Coordinated Toy Storage Idea

toy storage in kids room with open shelves

Jay Wilde

Kids love colors and The Home Edit has made color-coordinating organization a household trend. Make tidying up fun for children by incorporating this concept into their play area. Whether it’s books or blocks, sorting things by hue lets kids easily find and replace what they want and can help them learn their colors along the way. Easily categorize Lego bricks by their bold colors, and use a separate drawer or bin for red, green, blue, yellow, and so on. Complete this toy storage idea with labels (in the same color, of course!) so kids can easily identify the pieces they need for their newest invention.

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Kids' Storage Furniture

play room lined built ins
Brie Williams

Bring in stand-alone furniture pieces to boost storage and display space in a child's bedroom. Here, a tall bookshelf that holds books, craft supplies, and collectibles pairs with a simple bench to create a colorful reading nook. Open storage below the bench seat offers a spot to store board games and other small playthings.

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Decorative Toy Storage

Glass boxes on wall with toys displayed
Kritsada Panichgul

Turn toys into works of art with this storage idea. Acrylic display boxes mounted to the wall create a place of honor for kids' creations or favorite playthings. Display items inside and on top to decorate your child's room with their handiwork.

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Kids' Book Storage

kids playroom books toys and white wicker chair
Brie Williams

This kids' storage idea utilizes books as part of the room's decor. Shallow floating shelves prop up a colorful collection of kids' books next to a cozy reading chair. A raised front edge keeps the books from sliding off the shelf.

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Under-Bed Kids' Storage

twin storage beds in kids bedroom with tree wallpaper, letter marquis decor and yellow accents
Michael Partenio

Utilize toy storage ideas high and low in kids' rooms. These matching twin beds boast handy under-bed drawers, which offer a terrific spot to stash specialty items such as out-of-season clothing or bulky sports equipment. A dresser unit in between the beds can corral smaller items, such as school supplies and books.

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Repurposed Shoe Organizer

toy storage for dolls barbies

Jay Wilde

Over-the-door shoe organizers are versatile and work in many areas of the house, including containing toiletries in the bathroom and providing winter gear storage in a coat closet. You can also use them to store toys, specifically Barbies or other dolls, that easily nestle into the slots. To keep like items together, consider stuffing doll accessories, such as clothing and shoes, in some of the pockets. Add labels to each one so the kids know exactly where to find what they want when playing. If placing this toy storage over the door makes it too high for kids to reach, remove the hooks and use adhesive ones to hang it lower on the wall.

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Toy Storage Cubbies

kids room cubby bookshelf pink decor
Alec Hemer

A set of freestanding bookcases or a cubby system can outfit a kids' room with plenty of storage and style. The versatile toy organizer provides the option of mixing and matching baskets or bins for both concealed and open storage. Here, handled baskets corral items such as plush toys, art supplies, and other small playthings, while open cubbies display colorful books. The top of the unit offers display space for artwork and collectibles.

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Window Seat Toy Storage

seating near window with toy storage
Adam Albright

Create the look of a built-in window seat without the expense. This freestanding bench nestles perfectly beneath a window, offering comfy seating that doubles as toy storage. Three cubbies below the seat cushion are easy for kids to access and provide plenty of space to store games, books, and plush toys. Canvas bins, like the blue ones shown here, feature durable material and soft-sided edges, making them ideal for little ones. They are also lightweight and come in a large variety of colors, patterns, and sizes.

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Window Nook Storage

kids bedroom sea salt wall color white furniture
Edmund Barr

Window nooks are the perfect way to create a spot for reading and daydreaming. A thick upholstered cushion and plenty of pillows make it comfy for adults and children alike. Drawers below the window seat serve as toy storage units and provide a spot to stow away games and extra blankets.

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Built-In Kids' Desk

office space with wall shelving
Brie Williams

Built-in desks can be a worthwhile investment that adapts to different uses as your child grows. Closed drawers provide space to store items that tend to clutter the desktop, such as paper and pencils. A tall bookcase showcases books and stuffed animals now but can be used to display collectibles later on.

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Repurposed Toy Storage Unit

storage cabinet with games and toys
Molly Sinnett

This armoire has been repurposed into a handy toy storage unit for a child. The interior shelves are outfitted with storage bins and canisters that house a variety of toys and games. The metal doors offer display space for family photos, dry-erase boards, and kids' artwork attached with magnets.

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Mobile Toy Storage

plastic bin storage for toys
Tara Striano

Corralling small items such as toy cars and block sets is an important step in keeping your child's room or playroom neat and clutter-free. This handy bin organizer offers space for up to 12 plastic storage bins that can be easily carried around the room when it's time to play and quickly replaced when it's time to clean up. The angled design lets kids easily see what's inside each bin.

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Multifunctional Furniture

living room black white accents with fireplace
John Bessler

Storage ottomans are a great solution for toy storage ideas in the living room. They come in so many colors, shapes, and sizes, and they double as seating or a place to prop up your feet. This toy organizer 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. Ottomans keep toy clutter discreetly tucked away, yet toys are simple to access at playtime.

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Storage Sideboard

child near white cabinets
John Granen

A sideboard or a set of cabinets can also be relied upon for tucked-away toy storage. They offer an attractive look yet boast all sorts of storage for games and bulky toys on the inside. Available in many colors and styles, they can be used in just about any room in the home.

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