Now that we’ve gone through the toys and decided what to keep and what to donate, it’s time to organize and keep them under control. In our house we’ve devoted the family room area to the kids. Just off the kitchen they have their own couches, tv, and place to play and keep all of the ‘kid stuff’. My absolute favorite type of storage for the kids’ toys are these cube style pieces.
These pieces range in price from the affordable to the expensive and most stores carry something similar. The ones pictured are these (canvas bins sold separately) Closet Made Cubicles in Espresso. We have two of them, one with 6 cubes and one with 9. I love these because I can label the bins so that the kids know exactly where everything goes and can find it when they are looking for it. They are great for keeping all of those itty bitty pieces together in one place.
To make the labels shown here you will need:
- 1/2 yard of material
- stiff felt
- adhesive velcro squares
- puffy paint
- fabric glue (I use spray adhesive)
All you need to do is cut out a pieces of felt to your size specification and glue the material on. Using puffy paint write your labels. once they are dry you can use the adhesive velcro to stick them to the baskets. My reason for using the velcro instead of gluing them on was so that I could later change the labels without having to buy new bins.
Another easy storage solution for some larger collections of toys are plastic tubs. We have a small alcove in the family room and I use it to store these bins.
I used simple paper labels here with clear packing tape, but I think a clear adhesive vellum may have worked better. I also want to note that these are not the large storage bins that you typically see, they are a smaller version. This is a great solution for the toys that aren’t used daily and if you didn’t want them out in the open they’d work great kept in a hall closet.