The internet claims that there is nothing comparable to the soul-crushing pain of stepping on a small piece of LEGO. While we strive to provide our readers with information that is backed up by scientific evidence, this is one experiment we’re not so eager to try out. That being said, we’re determined not to let down our dedicated parent readers, so we compiled a list of our favorite methods for organizing your kid’s toys. With these clever hacks, you’ll avoid having your floors cluttered with all kinds of toys and other small items kids tend to leave behind.
But before we get started, consider doing some spring cleaning and giving away toys that your kids have outgrown. Keep a few that have a special sentimental value and donate the rest. By getting rid of toys that are just gathering dust, you’ll have fewer items to deal with. Now we can move on to organizing the ones that are left.
Web pages such as Pinterest, blogs, and various video platforms are full of ingenious DIY storage solutions that can alleviate your headache caused by the mess of toys scattered everywhere. Not only are these clever storage options great for putting toys away, but like many other things found on Pinterest and similar pages, they are also aesthetically pleasing. Also, when considering what’s the best approach to storing away kids toys, you want to remember that your end goal should be to incentivize your own kids to organize their toys by themselves. Choosing simple and colorful solutions will probably yield the best results.
For example, if you live in a smaller apartment and lack space, an upright plastic toy organizer with color-coded drawers might be the perfect solution for the aforementioned LEGO blocks. It can fit almost anywhere and is a great and simple way to teach your child how to store his LEGOs.
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If you like the color-coding solution for LEGO blocks, you can apply a similar principle to the rest of the toys as well. Having designated drawers, bins, and boxes with different labels taped on the front is a great way to categorize your kid’s toys. It’s straightforward, colorful, and it looks clean.
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But what if there just isn’t enough space? Well, in that case, you need to think out of the box, or better said, you need to look to the skies for answers. Well, not literally to the skies but you need to take full advantage of your wall space. There are several ways to use your walls as storage options.some are more practical, others serve a more decorative purpose. You can go with basic shelves or make it more interesting. One creative solution we found especially interesting is this wall storage for toy vehicles. It looks great and is actually a DIY project. A more simple solution would be to take a couple of baskets and hang them on the wall with S-hooks.
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If there’s a big enough closet in your kid’s room, hang one of these nifty closet storages and fill them up with toys, board games, dolls, and many more items. By designating the closet as a storage space, the skills your kids pick up by organizing their toys by type and color can help them learn to organize their clothes later in life. This is an excellent method of teaching your kids to organize their closets.
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You can also get really creative and create storage options that require little effort but can give the room a unique decorative touch, aside from solving your toy clutter problems. Something like a sling bookshelf could be a perfect way to organize your storytelling and coloring books. You can make one yourself or buy one. The one from the picture can be found on Amazon.
Need more advice on how to organize toys? Are you especially struggling to find a place to put all the plush toys your child simply adores? Why not try this DIY Hammock project and solve your stuffed animal problem once and for all. You can find the entire tutorial online, and it’s pretty simple to make. Bonus points for style.
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Repurposing or buying a new toolbox is also a smart way to store small items such as figurines, doll accessories, and building blocks. These toolboxes were designed to keep your screws and nails from mixing with each other, so they’re more than capable of doing the same with small toys. If your child is a little girl, maybe you can dye it pink?
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You’ve probably been to a few family vacations in your lifetime, and by now you’re more than aware how much your kids love collecting souvenirs they find on the beach. These are usually washed up seashells and unique rocks that remind them of all the fun they had building sand castles all day long. The easiest way to store these small keepsakes is to put them in a see-through container such as a jar or a clear glass.
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Finally, if you just want to have a place where your kid can throw every piece of toy he owns when he’s done playing with them, consider getting a good, old fashioned toy chest. They come in all shapes and sizes so you can find one that fits your room and needs. We like this wooden one in particular because it brings out that old-school vibe. It probably reminds us of the time when we were children.
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Remember, having efficient storage options for toys has more benefits than just making your kid’s room look neat. Learning how to organize kids toys will allow your child to have more space to play while reducing the chance of an injury happening. This, in turn, means your kid is free to be more independent during playtime. Also, vacuuming the room becomes a much easier task. Of all the benefits, probably the most significant one will be that properly storing toys in their designated place will teach your kids the value of being organized and will reflect their organizational skills later in life.