Toy Storage Ideas

by Bienek Properties of Sonoma 04/15/2019

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

Bienek Properties of Sonoma

Vince and Mary are well-respected by their REALTOR peers in Sonoma's Wine County for their hard work, dedication and integrity. They are passionate about real estate and have a proven track record of exceeding the needs and goals of their clientele. Vince and Mary work as a team. Together, they make up one of the most successful teams in Sonoma County. They specialize in applying their expertise and market knowledge to consistently meet and exceed the needs and goals of their clients. Vince and Mary work with sellers, buyers and investors in both residential and commercial markets.

They have built a reputation for tenacity and protecting the interests and investments of their clients. Vince attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, where he studied Business Administration. As a collegiate baseball player, Vince helped lead Oral Roberts University to their only appearance in the College World Series in 1978. After college, Vince played professional baseball for five years in the Chicago White Sox Organization. Vince has a strong background in sales, sales management and the building products industry. As part of his sales management experience, Vince successfully negotiated national contracts with the top 20 builders in the United States. These skill sets have enabled him to be a strong asset for his clients. Mary attended college at the University of Kentucky before completing her BS in Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino.

Mary has been in the business of helping people make the "move" to their next landing place for many years. Be it a home across town or across the country, Mary has paved the way for many buyers and sellers to transition into the next phase of their lives. Vince and Mary are also active volunteers in the Sonoma Valley. They volunteer at Relay for Life, Vintage Festival, Sonoma Film Festival, as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley. They have a passion for the community they live and work in.