We’ve all been in that house where you can barely traverse the living room without tripping over toys. So on the heels of last week’s post about keeping your sanity as a parent, I thought I’d follow up with some cool tools to help keep your kids toys under control and organized.
When you want to store a few toys in the living room or family room to keep the kids occupied while you cook dinner or visit with friends, try a storage ottoman. Attractive and functional, they’re the perfect way to hide toys in plain sight and make it easy for kids to clean up before bed.
Over-door shoe bags
Sure, your little darling may not be tall enough to reach the top of a door, but why not cut a clear vinyl over-door shoe bag in half and hang the two halves on the bottom of a door or right on the wall where kids can reach? The clear pockets are great for storing small lightweight toys such as GI Joe, Barbie (and her infernally small shoes and accessories) instead of all over the room.
Attach a few fishing nets one above the other onto the two walls spanning a corner. These makeshift hammocks are a fun way to store stuffed animals and other toys large enough that they won’t fall through the holes.
Hang an array of cute stainless steel or plastic pails on pegs or wall hooks a few feet off the floor to hold toy cars, art and craft supplies or other small items your kids tend to lose.
I love how a Captain’s bed is designed with storage drawers beneath. They’re great for clothing, but I really dig the idea of putting clear plastic (lidless) bins in the drawers to keep toys sorted and organized. The good news about a Captain’s bed is that the drawers are great for storing larger and bulkier toys than the solutions above.
What are some of your favorite creative ways to store toys?