Toy storage solutions? Reader Q+A Part 2: Bins and Baskets
Yesterday a reader wrote to us about her toy storage woes, and we loaded her up with toy storage solution possibilities. Today we continue the organizational help with some of our favorite boxes, bins, and baskets.
While I love putting things away where they can't be seen, I'm also a fan of
open-storage baskets, bins and boxes for many of our bulkier toys, and
for things like blocks which need to be placed right next to where the
building is happening.
Even at their youngest, my kids knew which bins
were for play food versus blocks. Plus, I could then sit in the middle
of the room and just toss the toys into the bins rather than constantly
get up and down (I have the dings in my walls to prove it).
Some great options for open storage containers can be found at 3 Sprouts
, whose animal bins are the cutest, JJ Cole
for more sophisticated bins, and Dwell Studio
's fabric bins. I love their transportation theme in a bedroom, but they have some more graphic options too.
You can also find baskets at IKEA for as low as $3.99. But the Knipsa basket
will look terrific if your toy storage is in a living room or other public space.
closed-top toy box is great for those toys you'd rather keep
out-of-site but still have accessible to the kids.The many-sized boxes
from Australia's Fiona Kate
solve a lot of your storage needs, they're extremely durable, and I
like how the lid on this "monster box" can double as a play space.
I think this soft-yet-sturdy felt Wooli toy box
by Baby's Breath is brilliant for little kids---no pinched fingers! (But skip the felt and wool if you have pets.)
also designs several bright options for both smaller and larger items. I like their soft round storage ottoman
around early walkers, and think it's a great piece that will fit in to
even an older kids' room. After all, they do outgrow the play food one
OK, mamas, feel free to chime in here
and let us know your favorite toy storage solutions. If you are still
looking for more ideas, see our first post on toy storage solutions or check back in our archives using the search term "storage."
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