Sick of seeing your kids' toys strewn across the house or stepping on Lego wherever you go? It's no secret that children are experts at making a mess, but rather than getting overwhelmed by it, get on top of things with some clever storage ideas that not only contain toy clutter but encourage your children to put away toys themselves (a girl can dream!).
Successfully organizing your kids' toys starts with the concept of limits. As the parent, it's up to you to decide the amount of space you want to allocate to toys. Be clear about this in your mind. Having toys in every room of the house is not the answer; toys need a home. Next, provide the designated area with a couple of toy bins and organizers, or try one of these simple yet effective ideas.
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Mix it up.
Try mixing up the way you store toys on shelves by displaying current favorites and packing others away in colored boxes. Take advantage of structural features like unused fireplaces — a great place to store toys!
Stacked Boxes and Crates
Think beyond traditional closets and dressers and opt for crates and boxes to create a stacked storage unit. This is flexible storage solution that can be easily reconfigured or moved as needed.
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Make a designated 'toy area.'
Create a designated area with a couple of toy bins and organizers to keep "toy chaos" contained.
Get a floor-to-ceiling unit.
A floor-to-ceiling storage unit makes the most of the vertical space in a playroom, while a small table can be used to store pencils and art supplies.
Traditional Toy Chests or Baskets
A chest or wicker basket at the foot of the bed is ideal for storing toys or extra bedding. A simple and accessible storage solution like this should make packing away toys a breeze.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.