Kids create clutter. The toys seem to multiply throughout the house taking up so much space that you can’t remember what life was like before toys took over. It’s important to maintain your sanity by organizing these toys. If you’ve ever stepped on a LEGO screaming in panic, then you understand the chaos. We’ve got a step-by-step tutorial to help take control of your life and organize your toys.
The things you need to organize the toys in your home will be decided by how you decide to organize these toys. You may need crates, toy bins, organizers, cubes, a toy box, etc. It will differ depending on the type of area where you choose to store your toys. The main thing you will need to do is approach this organization project with a clear head. You’ll need to envision the best places to put things in your toy room or another area. You’ll need to think of the ways you can store toys together. This project is going to change your life and home for the better.
Toy Storage Should Be Convenient
Toy storage should be convenient for the kids so they can easily find and reach their toys. It wouldn’t make sense if they had to climb to the top of the closet for the games they play the most or dig to the bottom of a bin every time they wanted a certain toy. These are some of the easiest things you can get to make your toys convenient so the kids can play whenever they want.
A shelf unit is a convenient way to get lots of different types of storage in one place. You can customize these with drawers, doors, and organizers of all kinds. They are easy to anchor to the wall so you don’t have to worry about the kids’ safety as well. You can usually get them with a different number of cubes. The cubes are large enough for all different kinds of toys. If you get something large enough, this could be all the storage you need for your playroom.
Similar Items Together
Always store similar items together. This could mean all of your dolls in one tote and all of your LEGOS in another tote. You don’t have to micro-organize your toys. Kids need things simple. If you keep all of your cars in two different totes, don’t worry about which cars go in which tote. It’s all about simplicity for the young kids.
Hang Up Dress Clothes
Play dress-up clothing should be in a location where kids can easily take them out and put them up. If you stash them all in a drawer, they get all tangled together. Hang up the dress clothing on a rack or a small area in the closet. This helps the kids be able to easily locate the clothing and gives them practice at hanging clothing back up. You can also easily keep an eye on the clothes so you know when they grow out of it or no longer play with it.
Labeling takes away the hassle of opening every bin or every drawer trying to find a certain toy as a child is screaming they can’t find something. Once you’ve figured out your storage system, it’s time to label. You’ll be amazed at the amount of time it will save all of you as you try to figure out which bin has Barbies and which bin has ponies. This also teaches children that every toy has a place. They shouldn’t just throw every toy in a random bin.
Plastic Storage Container For Puzzles And Games
Puzzles and games often come in flimsy cardboard boxes. After you’ve played a game a few times or gotten out the puzzle a few hundred times, you start to lose pieces and the box falls apart. You can combat this by moving these things into a plastic food storage container. It’s convenient because you can see the contents easily.
Make Sure Your Storage Is Enclosed
It’s best that your toy storage is enclosed. You can sore things in a crate without a top, but you risk bugs getting into it or toys spilling out of the top. It’ll be easy for the kids to get out enclosed storage and you can easily access it without fear of toys spilling on the floor when you pull it out.
Stuffed Animal Beanbag
The stuffed animal beanbag is a genius product. Stuffed animals are squishy and soft enough to fill beanbag-style piece. They look stylish, are easy to stuff with toys, and you can easily open them to find your preferred stuffed animal at any time. They can even double as ottomans. You can even have numerous beanbags in each room for decoration and storage.
Decorated Toy Chest
A toy box or toy chest is one of the most popular, iconic toy storage places. You can throw whatever you want in a toy box and easily find it later. From the bigger toys to the tiniest cars, everything fits in a toy chest. It’s fun to find ones that are decorated with the things your kids love. Whether it’s elephants and bears for the animal loves or Batman and Superman for the superhero lovers, kids will love stuffing their toy box with their items. After they’re done, they just put down the lid and everything looks nice and organized.
Legos and other tiny toys get lost and thrown everywhere. It’s best to get a Swoop Bag to pick things like this up. Most of these types of bags have an edge so the smaller pieces don’t fall out. You open the bag, dump the contents out, and they stay on top of the Swoop Bag lid. When you are finished, you just zip up the bag again. It’s compact, easy, shuts, and looks nice. You also have an easy pull-cord that can be used as a carrying strap.
Lego Storage Drawer
Legos are a tough thing to store. They get lost, they get mixed up, and you’ll scream if you step on one outside it’s “home.” A Lego storage drawer is a great solution for this type of toy storage. The extra-large storage drawers are shaped like Legos and made for this exact type of storage. It’s easy for the kids to remember where they go and easy to help organize all of the tiny pieces in one place. You can buy a few and stack them on top of one another. When the kids want to play with them, it’s easy to pull them out.
Zip It Up
Zippable pouches are the perfect solution for all of those small toys. If you have doll clothing, mini figurines or magnetic dress-up dolls, a zip pouch is a great way to organize them. You can easily label them and throw them in a bigger tote so the tiny pieces don’t get lose.
The concept of a paper bag storage might sound crazy, but it’s genius. You can build or buy recycled storage paper bags. You then place a paper lid on the top. These are easy to make, and even easier for all of the loose toys. You can paint labels on the front of them. Get the kids involved in the fun.
The Storage System Needs To Be Attractive
There’s no reason your toy storage needs to look like your grandmother’s attic. Your toy storage should be attractive and convenient at the same time. Storage that doubles as furniture is just one way to make an organization pleasing to the eye.
You can use a shoe organizer to store all kinds of toys. You just hang it on the back of a door so it doesn’t even take up floor space. This looks good, and it works perfectly for everything from Barbies to little tiny cars. It doesn’t look cluttered and hides behind a door.
Toy Furniture Organizer
There are specific pieces of furniture made to store toys. You can find decorative ottomans or benches that are actually perfect for toy storage. If you want to store your toys in the family room, but don’t want it to look like your playroom, this is the perfect solution for you. No one will know your gorgeous wooden ottoman is actually where your kids throw all of the board games and plastic dinosaurs.
Rolling Toy Box
Toy chests with wheels have a great look and are so easy to use. The best thing about one of these is that you can empty it out, roll it around, and play “train.” You can also pull it along the floor as you clean up. The rolling toy box is aesthetically pleasing as it looks like a statement piece or a nice chest.
Store Arts And Crafts In Plastic Jars
Art supplies are usually thrown in a drawer or a messy tote. You can organize them and make them look cute at the same time if you use a few plastic candy jars. You can line them up on top of your art table so you can see the art supplies and they make a neat little decoration.
Clean-Up Time Should Be A Routine
Make It A Fun Routine
Clean-up time should be something that your kids do without thinking much about it. The best way to approach this system is to make it fun. Sing a song or make up a game as you put things away. You can even offer them a simple little reward if you’re desperate to get their attention. Positively reinforce this behavior, and help them realize how important it is to clean everything up when they’re finishing playing.
Always Clean After Playing
Make it a habit to teach the kids that after independent playtime, it’s time to clean. Help them understand that you cannot leave things on the floor if you’re going to do something else. They can play with as many toys as they wish, as long as they clean up afterward. You can even instill the rule that they don’t come out of their room or play area until things are clean. They’ll eventually get into the habit of putting things away as they go.
Kids get bored with the same toys. It’ll be new and different for them to rotate visible toys on a normal basis. This will get everyone in the on the fun of this routine. The child stays interested in each toy, and you don’t have to buy a million new toys.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial about organizing your toy storage. Remember, the key is to keep it simple and convenient.
If you don’t want your home to look like a toy factory, you can keep it organized with these simple tips.
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