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Before Christmas, I knew we had to do something about the toy situation. After Christmas, I was desperate to do something about the toy situation. Previously, used an 8-cube organizer (love this one from Walmart), and several baskets around our house to store the girls’ toys but as Millie has gotten older and we’ve added more things it’s felt as though the toys were taking over!
Over the weekend, we tackled the toy clutter and got everything into shape. We don’t have a full functioning playroom to house toys so I came up with a few creative ideas for organizing toys and tamping down the clutter.
1. Storage System
First, we set up more organization space in the guest bedroom. I loved the organization provided by the 8 cube organizers [I’ve discussed how we used them in our living room at our old house for toy organization]. They are perfect for little ones because everything is at their level making toys easy to get out, and more importantly, put away. We ordered two more for a total of 16 cubbies and created a wall-o-organization. These cubbies house the majority of the girls’ toys and allowed me to eliminate the baskets of toys around our living room.
2. Label Label Label
We used bins and baskets to corral specific toys. My major complaint with the large baskets of toys we had in our living room was that during clean up, all toys were getting dumped in one or two baskets creating total chaos the next time she wanted to play My Little Pony and we couldn’t find Rainbow Dash. I bought four of these galvanized bins at a great price ($7.47), then labeled them with the specific categories like; MLP, cars, Trolls, play food.
3. Round Up Like Items
Additionally, we’ve been using drawers in our TV console to store craft supplies and things were getting misplaced. So I created a sort of art caddy for P [similar caddy here].
Another major challenge we had when we came to toy organization was how to organize her playsets. Peighton is really into Shopkins and they have multiple playsets like a kitchen or mini grocery store. The sizes are odd and each of them has multiple pieces. Tossing them into bins makes getting them out a challenge because you have to find the pieces for each playset.
4. Get Creative – Multipurpose
I had a light bulb moment in Walmart the other day when I saw this under the bed shoe organizer. It’s the perfect toy storage hack for these playsets and other toys!
It has multiple compartments that are the perfect size for playsets, Barbies, and other figurines.
It has a clear zippered top so it’s easy to see through. The best part is that is slides nicely under the bed!
I feel so much lighter now that we have a better handle on the toy situation in our home! Have you come up with any toy organization tricks lately? I’d love to hear in the comments!