Monday, October 10, 2011

Toy Storage

I know I've been quite absent lately but I have good reason. We've been in Spain for a while and before that I was in Chicago with some girlfriends. I'll share more about both of these a little later but right now I have a question. Do you have the perfect toy storage solution? I can't seem to figure out what I want and I've looked at tons of different choices. Do you have something that works? I'd love to see what you think!

Here are a few I've been considering.
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I like the idea of just using crates on casters. Simple, open top, easy to move and re-arrange. I'm worried about the floor space it will take up though. 
I have also considered Ikea's Trofast storage unit (or making my own with Ana White's plans) but I don't LOVE the way it looks. I do like the way you could add shelves once you don't need it for toy storage and then it would be a bookshelf. If I went this route I would add metal legs to the unit. I also don't love the plastic bins. I would prefer cloth, metal or wood. I understand they're lightweight but they aren't too pretty to look at. 
I also really like these from Land of Nod. They are stack-able, so you just buy however many you need. I also like that you can't dump a bin full of toys on the floor. You would have to take them out one by one instead. The down side to these is the price. They are a bit more than I would like to spend. 

So, what do you do with the toys? Or, what would you do with your toys if you could start over?


Christine said...

Our toy solution was one that I found worked extremely well for us. My linen closet was close to the area my children played in. In the closet the bottom shelf was approx. 30 inches from the floor. So we cut the closet door into 2 pieces and the bottom section with its own door and handle became the 'toy cupboard'. No one could see my linens because the upper door could remain shut. We didn't have to actually pick up the toys because they could be pushed into the cupboard.

Sherri said...

I love storage things! My favorite is the wagon style. Thanks for sharing!

sherri from SHERRI AMOUR

LuAnn said...

These are my favorite things about my toy storage. 1. Labels with pictures. Then both my husband and kids know where things go. 2. Some things up high. So the kids don't just dump all the toys out for the heck of it. 3. Varying bin sizes. I like to keep my toys in categories and sets and they all vary in size. Using a big box for a little set is inefficient. 4. My books have recently been moved into bins and they have never stayed tidier. Good luck! Can't wait to see what you pick. And can't wait to see your new place!


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