Does your home look at little too well lived in because your kids’ toys are strewn all over the place? While providing appropriate places for toy storage won’t guarantee that your offspring will always use them, not providing such storage guarantees those toys will remain strewn!
Here are five ways to create easy, attractive toy storage:
Put casters on a wooden fruit crate: If you can’t find a wooden crate at the grocery store, check out thrift shops, flea markets and high-end gourmet shops. Buy four casters, attach them to the bottom of the crate, and you’ve got a rolling toy container!
Use wooden wine crates without casters: For more stationary toy storage, pick up some wooden wine crates from a specialty wine store, make a template for each child’s name and spray paint them on the crates so kids have their own storage units.
Create a window seat: Build a window seat, top it with a comfy foam mattress and a couple of throw pillows and put storage drawers underneath. Kids can curl up on the seat to read and put books and toys in the drawers when they’re done.
Invest in a storage ottoman: For quick toy stashing in the living room, nothing beats a storage ottoman, especially when guests arrive unannounced.
Paint an old dresser or low cupboard: This works well in an entry hall, family or casual dining room, and provides shelves and drawers for holding toys and games out of sight.
Employ any one or all of these ideas, and your toy storage problem will be solved!