Here's what to do when toddler toy storage must be brought under control. You'll be amazed at how much stuff your child accumulates as s/he grows older... and that includes toys, especially if you don't want to discover a stuffed toy on the kitchen counter, a squeaky toys on the couch and jigsaw pieces in your bed!
Ideally toy storage should keep playthings and other stuff organized, but it should still be easily accessible. You want your child to get to quickly and safely get to all toys... and put them away when old enough to do so. We look at some simple and creative ways to keep your toddler's seemingly innumerable toys organized.
Here are the 8 different kinds we'll be looking into:
Shelves can be the basic storage unit in any
child's room. They can be used for stacking books, board games, shoes, soft toys, and a whole lot besides. You can put up shelves by yourself in a simple DIY project or pick prefabricated shelves in a variety of materials - wood, particle board, plastic and more. Pick from various readymade ones such as this
Kids Tier Shelf, or a unit like the
Badger Basket Storage Cubby which also come with slide out drawers.
This type of toddler toy storage can be freestanding or can be attached to a wall. Get creative with a shelf grid with labels to help organize toys and other stuff, or a fun, wavy shelf or asymmetrical shelves to add some variety.
Another toddler toy storage idea is...
Simple wooden or plastic pegs can also great for helping organize all the paraphernalia that a toddler may need. Your child's shoes, coats, jump rope, stuffed toys, hula hoop, skates, can all get stowed away and out of the way.
Another affordable organizer that works well is the Toy Gang Toy Organizer... even a toy hammock will free up lots of cluttered space in any kid's room.
Pails and bins of different shapes, sizes and colors can be a fun means of toddler toy storage. You can create a row of matching toy bins or buckets or perhaps have
them in graded sizes to help your child differentiate between them. The
Lego Toy Stack Baskets, or
Koala Baby Canvas Bins, are inexpensive options that will help make a home for all those many odds and ends.
One can be for books, another for stuffed toys, yet another for board games, jigsaw puzzles and so on. These individual pails or bins can then be neatly lined in a corner or even stowed away on shelves. You can help your child understand at an early age, the concept of a place for everything and everything in its place.
This is another simple, DIY idea for toddler toy storage. You can use soda crates or other similar wooden objects and attach casters to the bottom. If you cannot be bothered with a DIY project, these Foldable Storage crates or these Lego Storage crates may be more your thing.
Several of these will help your child organize all her different stuff - dolls in one crate, the dolls clothes and accessories in another, books in yet another and so on. When she's done playing, the crates are easy for her to slide under her bed!
Wooden chests or even big sturdy plastic boxes can double as toddler toy storage space and as seating for your child's room. A vintage wooden chest or a plastic stool with a removable top lid can work really well for storage of toys and other stuff. It can help keep the unseemly clutter out of sight.
You can teach your child that he needs to remove only what he wants to play with, then return it to its box and only then pick out the next toy that he wants to play with. This Bookshelf Storage Chest is a good example of storage that doubles as bookshelf. The KidKraft Limited Edition Toy Box is another. These colorful Storage Container Stools are handy storage spaces while doubling as extra seating.
A chest of drawers can be put to good use as toddler toy storage. You can put to use that old set of drawers that has been gathering dust in the attic or buy a new set. Drawers are useful because they help organize things into sections and keep clutter out of sight. This simple Three Drawer Storage Unit could also work quite well.
There are plenty of organizers that you can buy online and elsewhere: the Honey-Can-Do Primary Colors Kids Storage Organizer is a great way to help your child understand organizing and sorting according to groups. The bright colors and angled shelves mean that putting toys away isn't that much of a chore.
If your toddler is a rather fashion conscious little girl, this Minnie Mouse Multi-Bin Organizer may be more her speed. The angled racks and pretty prints will offer a home for all her toys, books and more.
This Storage bookcase unit is not just for toddler toy storage; it is something that will grow along with your little one. Another option could be something like these KidKraft Puzzle bookshelfs which come in bright colors - these single, freestanding units could be stacked and can be a more flexible option.
Here's a small storage container with a removable cushion top that doubles as a fairly sturdy sitting area. They come as a red fire trucks or a yellow school bus.
Fisher Price fire truck
ride on storage box
Cute, sturdy storage box
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