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Keeping toys tidy at home
Toys around the home can soon take over when you don’t have good storage solutions in place. Of course, the trick is then to get your children to enjoy tidying the toys away as much as playing with them!
The good news is, that whether you’re working with a small space, bedroom or a playroom for your child, there are some great solutions for toy storage ideas around the home that can help keep those toys tidied away easily.
1. Begin by sorting what you already have
One of the best ways to get started is to do a quick assessment of what you want to keep. As children grow, they can lose interest in toys from their younger years and periodic clear-outs and donations are a good way to stay on top of this.
2. Use all your space efficiently
One of the key areas here is to look for extra space from the shape of the room and find storage solutions to fit these areas. A great example is where you may have a recess or alcove in the wall. These spaces are ideal for fitting extra storage furniture such as shelves or cupboards.
3. Always use under bed storage space
Where you have toys stored in children’s bedrooms, under bed storage is a great way to squeeze in the extra organisation. This means the use of draws, purpose-built beds with storage, or even boxes with lids that you could then label to keep things organised. Some beds even come with extra storage in the steps too!
4. Storage containers
These could be a good old-fashioned toy box, baskets for cuddly toys or boxes that your children could decorate themselves. When you keep toys in storage containers another good trick is to rotate toys round each week so that your children don’t get bored with the same ones they have out!
5. Cube furniture and draws
These items are great as you can really brighten them up with your own storage insets. This way you can match to the colour scheme in your child’s room. The other great thing about these storage units is that you can add as many as you like together to form one larger storage area. Depending on the shape of the room this can be side by side or stacked one on top of the other. However, you should always pay attention to installation instructions with these items and ensure they are securely held in place with wall fittings before being used.
6. Keeping toys on shelves
The great thing about shelves is that if you child has favourite toys they can be displayed in the room and made easily accessible. Where you children of different ages sharing the same play space you can then keep the younger child’s toys to the lower shelves and the older to the ones above. This makes it easy to access for everyone. As noted above when fitting furniture, always ensure wall attachments are securely in place.
7. Use wardrobe space wisely
Whether you have built in wardrobes or not, using this extra space is another solution. You can add containers such as boxes to the bottom of wardrobe floors or put in extra shelves. You can even hang shoe organisers that make a great quick fix storage solution to post things into for safe keeping!
8. Wall storage solutions
Finally, in a bid to keep as much of the floor as possible, there are many ways to store toys on the walls. You can use toy hammocks in the corners of rooms and put up shelves to store books and other items. You could also add playful children’s coat hooks which you could then hang storage baskets from for even more off the floor organisation!
With so many easy solutions to keep those toys tidied away, getting organised will be a breeze and your rooms will look great too. To make it even easier we've put together a toy storage checklist for you. Just sign up with the form below to recieve your free toy storage checklist!
Making storage areas safe and accessible for young children is the first consideration when you’re planning your storage solutions. Other than that, get creative and have some fun!
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