Looking for toy storage solutions?
I was finding little toy pieces everywhere and we needed a toy storage solution pronto!
Now don’t get me wrong. If you stop by our house on any given day, you may trip, slip, or step on something. I guarantee it. With three kids, it is just a given.
But over time, I have also found a promising toy storage solution to help our house function.
Now, when I am about to step on that lego, I say, Please go put this with the Legos. The Legos have a place, as do the gluesticks and dump trucks. Even my three-year-old can help with cleanup!
Furthermore, this toy storage post shares the secrets to making a playspace accessible for your children.
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Try not to overthink how to store toys in your home.
Toy storage should be:
- Easy to locate
- Properly fit what is being stored
- Have a designated spot in the room that your child can reach
If we keep these three key tips in mind, we can properly store our toys and allow play to be more accessible to our children.
Years ago, my toy storage solution was beautiful baskets.
Beautiful baskets looked beautiful until they got crushed. – Real-life with kids.
I now understand that a couple of baskets here and there add character, but the everyday storage needs to stay in a transparent container with a lid.
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I did not purchase everything we use in one day.
That’s right! To think I could walk into a store and purchase everything I need for our playspace is an expensive thought!
Instead, I start small and also look at online selling groups to see if someone has what I am searching for.
Many times, someone is ready to donate or sell what I desire for a fraction of the price.
Think about what needs to be contained first. What is not working?
- Do the Legos need a new home?
- How about games and puzzles?
- Maybe it is the art supplies?
Next, take a close look at our storage solutions and make a smaller purchase at a time.
Once the first category is organized, continue to build on it.
Here is how I begin to declutter the toys we own:
- Take everything out of your room.
- As you remove a toy, begin to sort them into categories.
- Add a box or bag for donations.
- Do not spend too much time on each toy. Ask yourself if it gets played with and if it encourages open-ended play. If yes, place it into a category. If no, place it directly into the donation bin.
- I like to put donations directly into my car so that they are eliminated from the new organization.
- Once everything is sorted, place it into its contained place.
- Create zones within your playroom or toy area. This will create a flow to smooth out playtime.
Let’s see the toy storage solutions that work!
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To make things really simple, everything I use and love is found in one spot.
We use the same storage bins in different sizes depending on what we are looking to contain.
Toys with small parts and pieces
The accessory box is constructed from clear, unbreakable polypropylene. It is transparent and has an easy-open, locking lid. The box stacks with the other Clear Storage Boxes listed in this post, making the most efficient use of your playspace.
The dimensions are 7-3/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ h.
What we keep inside the accessory box:
- Pom poms
- Letter cards
- Jumbo tweezers
- Wooden animals
- Math cubes and other math manipulatives
The shoe box is a lot like the accessory box, only a rectangle with the dimensions 13″ x 7-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ h.
Furthermore, you can securely stack the boxes for efficiency, yet access toys with ease. There is a discount on case-quantity purchases.
Toys we store in the shoebox:
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Store your bulky toys while keeping them contained. They’re constructed from clear, unbreakable polypropylene to provide uncompromised visibility and feature an easy-open, locking lid.
Items we store in the sweater box:
This is a lot like the sweater box, only deeper.
Toys we store in this storage box:
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Puzzles and Game Boards Organization
Finally, puzzles and games have finally found their home! I cut the picture off the box tops and place the puzzle or game pieces into the storage bag. Each bag is stored standing upright for easy access.
Like the other storage bins, we keep the puzzles and games where the boys can take out and put them away on thier own.
Toys that Go
In addition to trucks and Paw Patrol vehicles, we have a few planes and trains. I scoop them all up to store in a giant metal container from Home Depot.
Once set up, I add a transportation label to the front of the bin.
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Basket Toy Storage Solutions
Now that you are organized, let’s talk baskets.
Sprinkle storage baskets to add comfort to your playspace.
You know the BEST place to find great baskets? Goodwill. Every. Single. Time. Stop in and you will be amazed at what they have.
Toys we store in baskets:
I love these toy storage solutions
The transparent boxes listed above are reasonably priced, have a secure lid, and are of excellent quality. They are made in the USA and offer endless amounts of storage options for your toys.
Keep in mind, you do not have to buy 50 containers.
Start slow when organizing your toys.
Think about what absolutely needs to be contained.
Begin to find a few storage boxes within your budget, and build on your collection over time.
Which toys will you find a storage solution for first?