Yesterday I gave a tour of our children’s playroom. Today, I wanted to show you how I store our toys. It’s evolved a bit from my last post on organizing children’s toys because we’re in a new space and I’m all about trying new methods of staying tidy!
We store their toys in a 2×4 and a 2×2 Ikea Expedit. (Ikea sells Kallax now, which is similar.) We added boards to the backs of both of them to fill in the space.
I use Ikea Drona baskets to contain the toys. I like that they’re inexpensive, they’re lightweight which makes it easy for little hands to access toys, and they’re pretty sturdy.
You’ll notice two spaces for books. They have more shelves in their own bedrooms for books and a basket in the family room. I love books and will support their book habit!
We keep a container of Tinker Toys along with a container of trains/cars (sandwiched between the green and pink baskets on the top row). The bottom right corner holds homemade pillow/cushions from our friends who moved away.
In the first basket we keep pieces of furniture and things that go with their dollhouse:
This one houses puzzles. I’ve found that storing puzzles and their pieces individually in 2 gallon size bags helps to keep everything together and less scattered everywhere. Those puzzle holders I’ve seen at stores would make it all so pretty, but I know it’ll just be a big mess of constantly trying to keep it organized:
Next is our Potato Head collection. I’ve collected them over the years from our trips to Disney:
This basket holds 4 sets of Duplos. We don’t plan to buy any more and I think we’ll eventually transition these out and incorporate Lego:
We keep a set of blocks in here, a stacking toy, a hammer/peg toy and a doodle toy here:
This drawer holds a magnetic wooden doll set (there is an unopened one below it for Nagini when she is a little older), a bag of marbles, and unopened fake coins and bills from their cash register. We’ve given them real coins to play with and I’m just trying to delay the flurry of paper around the playroom as long as possible!
The second drawer is our doctor kit. We have a mish mash of medical stuff in here, including a blood pressure cuff, dental mirror, stethoscope, along with lights and thermometers:
The third and fourth drawers are pretty much random pieces, including costume jewelry, or scarves (to turn into capes or dress-up).
There you have it! Each child has a basket of stuffed animals in her room. We store play food pieces in their play kitchen (there is a small basket in one of the cabinets). They also have a play tent that folds up and goes into our coat closet, a rocking horse that hangs out in the family room, and a wood cart thing that converts into a walker, a tricycle or a shopping basket. That piece usually hangs out in the hallway.
How do you store your children’s toys? I have found that keeping it all in one room definitely helps keep the big messes in one space rather than spread out all over the house!