For some newbie parents, one added bonus to having a child is the number of toys you must amass to not just keep your child entertained but also help them develop their motor and various problem-solving skills.
After a while, however, you might end up stepping on a Lego block. Having a lot of toys will indeed help your child’s mind be occupied, but after collecting quite a lot of them, the next challenge most parents don’t get to expect is dealing with these toys all over the house. Once it gets to that point, you’ll be down on all fours picking up every piece of plastic every night before bedtime.
But thankfully, there’s a way to avoid this entirely.
Organizing these things in storage is clearly the most logical strategy for efficiency. But before you go straight to looking for kids toy storage ideas online, here are some of the easiest toy storage tips and ideas that will help you get organized.
There’s Always A Smart Way to Approach Things
For most problems in life, there will always be a smart way to solve them. If you cannot at the moment, buy shelves or boxes that are to be assigned as storage spaces for toys, you can train your child to assign a specific space in the house where they are to “dump” their toys at the end of the day.
This can be a walled-up part of the playing space that can double as storage space. Once you get to where dumping these toys in that specific space at the end of the day becomes a sort of fun activity, this also doubles as the kids themselves storing their toys by themselves at the end of the day.
It might not be completely “stored”, but the fact is that these toys are all in one place and are also stored there by the kids themselves.
Assign Existing Furniture As Toy Storage
Much like training your kids to store toys on a specific part of the house at the end of the day, you can use up the furniture already present in your home as storage and train them to help you place those there.
Making sure that they know where the toys are placed helps them remember this routine.
Old ottomans and benches can double as excellent spaces where these toys can be stored on. Other furniture like coffee tables and end tables, as well as old drawers that nobody is using at the moment, can be used as toy storage. These all depend on the size of the toy you would want to store. Like thin puzzles and games can be stashed right under the cupboards or the floor of the drawer.
Doing this helps you save up and not have to hassle yourself to buy another storage space that could also further eat up the already limited space in your home. Besides, doing this helps you redecorate and reuse those old drawers and shelf spaces.
Think About the Number of Toys You Already Have
Besides thinking of smart ways on how to store these toys safely and out of the way, you should also think about the number of toys present. Keep in mind that it isn’t really a requirement to have too many kinds of one toy. (You can allow toy collecting when they’re already in school.)
Having a limited set of toys can also help in actually making sure that there aren’t too many things to store up at the end of the day.
Most importantly, keep in mind that little children who are still developing that are surrounded by too many and too many toys all cluttered around, especially in a limited space, will only choose to place with one toy for a while and drop it mostly because they will get too overwhelmed. Too much stimulus is bad. Just like all things that are excessive are. Cognitively rewarding toys should be preferred, such as model trains with true to scale model buildings, puzzles, lego etc.
Throw Away or Repurpose the Toys’ Boxes
A definitely possible thing that most of us would disregard is the amount of packaging these toys will come with. The more toys we buy, the more boxes will need to stack up.
Having these things piling up all over the house will also eat up most of the space that’s already lacking. So, one tip here is to either throw these things away and just remove them from the house or repurpose them, of course. Recycle these things. Not as storage, but for other things like a box for small hand tools or even nuts and bolts.
Make sure that the child’s playpen has none of these boxes present. This will help free up some space. If however, you have a very large toy box, this can be recycled as THE toy box itself. This can be the assigned dumping box for toys once playtime is over.
Repurpose Some Old Baskets
Over time, woven baskets will also pile up. Why not utilize these things as toy storage spaces?
Doing this will not only be able to free up some space in your attic or storage, but these will also be a very useful toy container. Just don’t forget to clean these up and make sure that the baskets aren’t powdered with dirt or dust.
Keep in mind that growing kids will most likely place their toys in their mouths. If they don’t decide to do that, they may place their fingers in their mouths, transferring the dirt and germs all over the baskets.
Once these things are cleaned and all filled up with toys, the basket itself can be slipped under your child’s bed or at a corner on the playpen.
Organizing these things in baskets, repurposed boxes, and many storages helps you and your home not be overtaken by these toys. These are just some of the quickest and easy ideas you can pick from to help get the toy organizing ball rolling! We hope our tips help you out. Good luck!