Christmas has come and gone, and I'm sure Santa spoiled your little ones with everything they had on their wish list. Now it's January and you still have boxes of Legos, Barbies, and board games stacked all over the floor...
Where do you put it all??
I think I've tried every method possible to store my kid's toys, and this is hands-down the best way I've found!
When looking for storage solutions, I knew it had to meet certain criteria:
1. It had to get the toys up off the floor that were taking up precious floor space.
2. It had to make it easy for the boys to put their own toys away.
3. It had to be durable (remember, I have boys).
4. It had to be within our budget.
I ended up choosing two sets of white storage cube shelves (like these) and fabric drawers (like these) from Target. Many stores carry shelving units like these, so keep an eye out for sales!
I first went through their toys and purged anything that was broken, missing pieces, or no longer played with. Next I separated every single toy into categories to best see how to organize them. It made it really easy to divide everything into the drawers. Here's the categories I used:
Plastic Train Tracks
Wood Train Tracks
The Bey Blade craze hit my first grader this year, so those got their own drawer after Christmas. The electronics bin holds toy cameras, computers, and phones (did you have all that high-tech stuff when you were little?). Another bin holds my son's Leapster Explorer and Tag Reader and all the games that go with them. We got rid of our play kitchen last year to make more space, but we kept the play food and dishes since they liked playing with them so much. The rest of the drawers are pretty self-explanitory.
I left three cubes open on one side of the unit for some of the bigger trucks the boys have. This would also be a good place for books if you don't have extra room for a separate book shelf!
The drawers have held up nicely over the past year or so we've had them, and it makes putting toys away so easy! The boys know exactly where everything is supposed to go. It also keeps everything organized when they get new toys for Christmas or birthdays. If there isn't room for something new, something old has to go to make space. No more overflowing toy boxes!
I hope this helps you organize toys in your house! I'll show you more storage solutions for bigger toys coming soon!
What's your method for organizing toys? Do you have neatly labeled bins or do you use the shut-the-door-and-walk-away method? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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