Living in a home without a play room can pose some storage issues. In our house, the majority of the boys’ toys are kept in the living room, since that is where they normally play. However, I do not like keeping toys all out in plain view. Read on for 5 of my best tips for toy storage.
1. Baskets, crates and boxes are your best friend!
Mega blocks are in that black basket, the crate (on the left with the check fabric) stores Thomas trains and tracks. We have a fabric basket stuffed with picture books and those two pretty storage boxes contain more toys. As well, the crate underneath holds all the boys’ John Deere tractors and farm animals.
Use containers that integrate well with your décor style. Different baskets etc. also aid in pick up because each type of toy has a specific place it is to be kept.
2. Another great tip for toy storage is to use furniture with storage
That washstand in the background holds more of our picture books and the sideboard our tv sits on houses numerous games and puzzles. An ottoman (like this one) with storage is a great alternative to a coffee table. Or… a coffee table with a shelf across the bottom is great for storage, too. I keep a blanket on mine right now, but you could also place a couple of baskets there instead.
3. Use furniture to shield your toys from main view
My boys’ toybox and a big container of Legos sit in front of a window and right behind that cream colored chair. However, you cannot see them when you come in our front door because the chair and table mostly block them from view.
4. Keep it curated!
Simply don’t let their toy collection grow out of hand by keeping it curated. For example, what little boy does not love toy dinosaurs? We have a plastic box in their toy bin just for those and it was overflowing. Recently I made my boys go through them and pick out a few to donate. Now the lid fits on again. The rule was they could only keep as many as would fit in their box.
If you have a lot of toys and can’t bear to part with any, you can also try rotating your toys. Only keep some of the toys in the living room while keeping the rest in storage. Then, switch them out from time to time. This helps old toys feel fresh again.
5. Don’t expect perfection
If you have kids, you will have toys and kids need to be able to play with their toys. Don’t expect all the toys to be kept tidy at all times. Kids need space to express themselves while playing. On the other hand, you don’t need to stand for a tornado situation. Not having a playroom presents a good opportunity to teach your kids to tidy up one thing before getting out another.
What solutions have you come up with? I would love to know some of your tips. Feel free to leave them in the comments. What are your 5 best tips for toy storage in living room?