Toys are important for kids’ development, and they will be a part of your home life as long as you have children — and then when you have grandchildren, too. They’re cute and fun and a pleasure to look at, but they can also contribute to household chaos and even create dangers, as anyone who has stepped on a Lego while walking through a dark room can attest. How can you keep them from overrunning your house? Smart toy storage makes all the difference.
When your children are small, you can create pretty shelves with attractive vignettes of toys as part of the nursery decoration.
When your kids get big enough to reach those shelves, all bets are off.
This approach also works best with toys that happen to fit your decorating aesthetic. Your child’s beloved Paw Patrol collection might not fall into that category.
Decorative toy storage also requires a commitment on your part. Are you willing to keep those shelves in order and to move items to dust? If so, this is a charming way to decorate your child’s bedroom or playroom.
Sorted toy bins
Having one big toy box seems like a good idea, but in practice it often means that playtime involves dumping all the toys out of the box in order to find the one toy your child wants. Getting the kids to put the toys back in the toy box can be challenging. Sometimes kids will just quit playing with toys because they don’t have easy access and they don’t want to have to pick them up. That’s a self-defeating situation.
The process of pawing through the box and tossing toys in and out can also be rough on the toys and make them wear out faster than they otherwise would.
Sorted toy bins work better.
Freestadning containers on shelves or in cubbies can hold stuffed animals in one, sports gear in another, and so on. The toys are visible and your child can pull out one bin at a time. Putting the toys away after play is more manageable than with a single big toy box.
Books and puzzles can stand up in a basket or box and cars, blocks, and similar items can just be piled inside.
You can find many different kinds of containers to suit every style and budget. You can also group similar items into bags or boxes within a larger container. The general principle of sorting items into groups and containing each group keeps toys reasonably tidy.
Discreet toy storage
When you have toys in the living room, kitchen, or home office (or even in your office at work for times when kids are visiting), you may not want to have to look at the toys at all. In that case, you can opt for discreet storage.
Here, storage boxes with lids lined up neatly on a bookcase give no hint to the contents. When you use a system like this, labels are important.
You might use a combination of these approaches to create the perfect toy storage system.