Toy Storage Ideas

by Beth Belloise 08/30/2019

It’s amazing how much stuff those little ones have. Between the multiple outfits required each day, the toys they love but are growing out of and the ones they aren’t quite into yet, a small home soon overflows with kids’ things. Add to that the required equipment (high chairs, boosters, car seats, strollers, walkers, swings, and a plethora of others) required by modern living, you’re hard-pressed to find room for the family sofa.

For some, just finding space is enough. But for others, swapping out their carefully curated home design for playroom staples causes underlying stress, so here are both decorative and straightforward solutions you can use. 

Portable storage ideas

If you live in an apartment or rental home, you likely don’t want to spend money on cabinets or other types of built-ins. And, if you’re planning on moving into a new home soon, you need them to be as portable as possible. Consider using large laundry baskets to hold stuffed animals and other large playthings. Find smaller plastic buckets at the dollar store to keep blocks and other building toys. Stacking bins with lids work well for smaller objects or those with many pieces. You often find these at discount stores for less, although you can get matching pieces (bins, baskets, etc.) from larger stores, and even decorative ones from specialty organization stores.

Stack your storage in a corner, behind the sofa, or in a closet and pull it out one at a time for your child’s pleasure. If you stack toy bins on shelves, make sure to keep them out of your child’s reach so that they cannot pull down the container and end up with a lump on the head.

Cube storage solutions

Most post-college adults probably still have their Ikea cubes or similar ones from Target. Cube storage has undeniable appeal since you can go for plain foldable cubby bins or fancy baskets. Oblong cube storage (two by four, three by five) works two ways, vertically or horizontally. Most cube storage solutions originally came with wall mounts. If you did not keep the wall mount (what college student does?), you could order a replacement from the manufacturer. When placing children’s toys in cubbies, the shelving must be securely attached to the wall to avoid tip-overs that could result in serious injury to your child.

To make your cubbies decorative, paint the outside of the boxes to match your décor or purchase containers in complementary styles, textures, and hues.

If you’re brave, you can find online instructions to paint your cube shelving to match your décor. To add portability, consider attaching locking wheels to the bottom of the unit.

Built-in storage options

If your budget allows for it, built-in storage supplies ongoing organizational space to your home. Lower cabinets in the family room offer a place for games and toys, and later, when the kids are grown and gone, a place to store all your crafting supplies.

No matter which storage solution you choose, take care to secure it from little hands, or little climbers. To find a home with more place space, talk to your real estate agent today.

About the Author
Author

Beth Belloise

Beth has been a Florida resident for more than 40 years and knows the Tampa Bay area intimately. She began her career in real estate in 2001, obtained her broker’s license in 2007 and started Belloise Realty Tropical, Inc. in 2008. Beth recently formed Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a service driven, innovative brokerage geared towards selling the Florida Tropical Lifestyle. Though serving all the West Pasco and Northern Pinellas area, Beth and her team specialize in waterfront properties. She has been a resident of the Gulf Harbors waterfront community since 2000 and is passionate about the west coast of Florida & Gulf Harbors tropical lifestyle, incredible sunsets, and wonderful community. If you were to ask Beth just what she loves about living in the area, her reply would be quite simple, everything. As a person who is naturally drawn to the water and sun, Beth takes full advantage of all the amenities the Florida coast area offers. From boating and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to watching the dolphins swim in her back yard, it’s rare to find this nature lover indoors. For Beth, every aspect of her home, the picturesque sunsets, sparkling gulf waters, natural wildlife and the genuine people, allow her to stay grounded and focused on what really matters. The west coast of Florida is a place like no other to live, vacation or retire.   

Beth has a passion for being the very best at what she does. She and her agents stay up to date daily on what new homes have gone on the market and what the market value is for home sellers. Tropical Life Realty is committed to the philosophies of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Their business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based upon commitment and trust. Clients appreciate their down-to-earth style, which gives them a high degree of confidence and trust knowing that Tropical Life Realty always has the client’s best interest at heart. Beth’s years of experience, combined with hers and her agent’s genuine approach, make Tropical Life Realty uniquely qualified to connect extraordinary people with the extraordinary tropical lifestyle. Beth and her agents “live and breathes real estate” 365 days a year, they are all very passionate about their neighbors and the community.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in this area, give Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a call today. Tropical Life Realty provides a higher level of service that is a breath of fresh air during your important transaction to a new home or selling yours. Call Tropical Life Realty today — you’ll be glad you did so that you can start living the Tropical Life! 

Real Estate Experience
• Broker
• Listing Agent
• Buyer’s Agent
• Short Sales
• HUD homes
• New home construction
• Investment properties
• Land
• Re-Sale homes
• For sale by owner homes
• Bank-owned properties
• Commercial property
• Property management

Beth is also a licensed Notary.