Welcome back to the third week of our playroom organization blog series! Last week I rounded up some of my favorite ways to keep your little one’s books from taking over the house! This week, we are talking all about TOYS! If you’re anything like most moms I work with, you have two goals: less toys, more storage! Oh, and you’d also LOVE it if your kids could clean up the toys all.by.themselves. Think that all sounds too good to be true? I’m here to show you otherwise 🙂 Today I’m sharing 5 tips to create kid-friendly toy storage for your playroom. Ready?! Let’s go!
I don’t suggest color-coding your entire playroom, but for certain toys this strategy works really well. And by certain toys, I mean Legos. Ahhhh, all of those little teeny-tiny pieces! 🙂 Organizing them by color makes it easy for your kids to not only find the pieces they need when building, but it also makes it super simple for them to clean up when they are done creating.
Image Source: I Heart Organizing
Jen from I Heart Organizing shares how she uses IKEA’s “Trofast” system to keep her boys’ Legos in check. She says, “We now have a place that the boys can build and create and the storage is both functional, yet dressed up to blend in and become part of the decor.” Now, organizing all of those Lego instruction books…sorry, but that’s going to need it’s own blog post! 🙂
I think all parents want to instill a sense of independence and responsibility in their children – I don’t have any kids yet, but I know that this will certainly be something we teach ours beginning at young age. One way to do this is by creating a toy storage system that is easy enough for your children to figure out independently (after some coaching, of course). For toy storage, this means finding age-appropriate ways to sort toys. Labeling bins with pictures is one way to accomplish this goal. Jen does this fabulously here in her boys’ playroom.
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As your children get older, you’ll want to update the labels to include words. I highly recommend using chalkboard labels to make it easier to change out the labels as your children outgrow toys and get new ones. In the below image, Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic uses chalkboard contact paper to create adorable toy bin labels.
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When organizing the playroom, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:
1. Child Height: Choose storage systems that are low to the ground, especially for younger children. This will make it easier for your kids to reach their toys, pull out bins, and clean up.
2. Adult Supervision: If you have toys or games you only want your child to use when an adult is present, plan for it to be placed up high or in a closet.
3. Toy Size: Larger toys are probably not going to fit into containers. Think about having a designated area for larger toys.
Image Source: Angelica Henry Design
Angelica Henry Design does a lovely job with this, utilizing a tall built-in with open shelving at the top and closed cabinetry at the bottom. Children could easily access the closed cabinets as well as the first few shelves, and there’s plenty of space to put things out-of-reach for the little ones.
Yes, we want to pick toy bins that are cute and match the theme of our playrooms, but it’s so important to keep in mind the following when shopping for those bins, baskets, and containers. Ask yourself these questions: Will my child be able to easily take out and put back this bin? and Will the toys that I intent to store in this bin actually fit in it? Remember, we want our children to be able to gain a sense of independence in their playroom. So, buying a prickly wicker bin may not be the best option for the playroom. Likewise, using a flimsy fabric bin for train tracks doesn’t make all that much sense. Just think it through and make smart container selections.
Image Source: Freckles Chick
Freckles Chick chooses light-weight fabric bins in her daughter’s playroom, placed in a low Ikea Expedit Shelf. These bins are perfect for stuffed animals and other light-weight toys. Not to mention, they come in many different colors to match your playroom theme!
My last tip for the day is to keep the playroom simple. Having less toys to choose from means less cleanup and more creative playtime. You can accomplish this two ways. First, by going through every toy & book and purging. Throw away broken toys and ripped books and donate or sell those your children have outgrown. In addition to purging, keeping some toys in storage and rotating them every month or so simplifies playtime. Trust me, they will be thrilled when you unexpectedly bring out those toys they’ve forgotten all about. You’re welcome 🙂
I hope these tips help you create kid-friendly toy storage solutions for your children’s playroom – let me know if you have any questions along the way!
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