When it comes to keeping your kids’ bedrooms under control, one of the biggest pain points is keeping everything neat and tidy. To help you stay on top of the inevitable clutter, we share nine of our favorite genius toy storage hacks that every parent needs.
As any parent knows, the trauma of stepping on a stray piece of Lego is up there with not having any wine in the fridge at 5 pm on a Friday. The answer, of course, is not to toss out every piece of Lego your kid owns, but to figure out a better way to store their stuff.
Here’s what you need to know…
For a kid’s storage solution that’s as pretty as it is practical, store your kids’ Lego in a transparent plastic vase or jar (preferably one that’s wide, rather than tall). Kids can easily pop the Lego back in when they’re done playing.
Under The Bed
An often under-utilized space that can store myriad odds and ends, pick a tub or trundle that slides in and out easily to avoid strain, or, choose a bed base that incorporates drawers into the design.
This low-lying option is best for holding heavier items that pose a risk – both to furniture and your back – when stored up high.
Don’t confine this style-meets-utility storage hack to the shed – pegboard sare perfect or holding stationery, toiletries and baskets, and other small accessories in kids’ rooms. They also make a great art display board.
Puzzle Piece Pouch
Puzzle pieces are notorious for getting lost, so pop each puzzle into a zippered pouch that you can then pack away. Pencil cases work really well here.
Maximize wall space with mounted floating shelving.
A great way to display treasured books and photographs, palettes and spice racks are a thrifty DIY option – just remember to keep them low enough for little people to reach their favorite read.
Shoe organizers (like this one) that hang over the door are great for stashing away craft accessories, soft toys and more, while hook racks can keep bags, hats and other miscellaneous items.
As with all storage solutions, the key in kids’ bedrooms is to get stuff off the floor. Hanging planters can hold stuffed toys and a wall-mounted trellis can be used to hang dress-ups.
Repeat after us: toy boxes are not storage solutions. Actually, they’re kind of storage nightmares. Usually, toy boxes are deep, so it’s hard to organize within them, and generally, everything gets dumped in… and is rarely played with.
So rethink the dress-up box, or toy box, with old suitcases. Easily opened and not too deep, they’re much better solutions. For safety, remove any locks, just in case you have curious little ones who like the idea of climbing inside…
When it comes to kids’ storage, we’re all for more. So skip the “kid-size” wardrobes and shelves, and just buy adult furniture for them. They’ll grow into it, and you’ll have more storage space.
Also, as much as possible, try to invest in double-duty furniture that acts as storage, too. Beds with drawers underneath, desks with drawers and stools with storage compartments are all excellent choices.
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