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The Ultimate Guide to Organizing and Storing Kids' Toys

Lockaway Storage | May 13, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Keeping your child’s toys organized and clutter-free can sometimes feel like an impossible task. If you find yourself drowning in a sea of toys every time you step into the playroom or your little one’s bedroom, don’t worry! With a little strategy and creativity, you can transform chaos into order and reclaim your sanity. Here's your ultimate guide to organizing and storing your kids' toys.

1. Sort and Declutter

The first step in taming the toy chaos is to sort through all those toys. Divide everything into categories based on frequency of use – your kid’s favorite plushies that they never let go of, toys that see occasional use, and playsets that haven’t been touched in years. Identify which toys are favorites and which ones are just taking up space. Be ruthless in decluttering - if a toy is broken, missing pieces, or hasn’t left the shelf in a long time, it's time to bid it farewell. Consider setting up "throw away," "give away," and "put away" boxes to streamline the decluttering process. By donating your newer toys to local institutions like libraries or schools, they can continue to bring joy to others.

If at the end of this you still end up with more toys than available room, consider renting a storage unit for all those toys your little ones can’t bear to let go of. Lockaway Storage has units as small as 5x5’ – which equates to an extra closet (and who couldn’t use an extra closet?).

2. Choose the Right Containers

Once you've figured out what stays, what goes, and what should be given to new owners, it's time to find the perfect containers to house your remaining toys. Make sure to keep your kid’s space and needs in mind when you’re choosing a storage solution. Under-bed bins can help you take advantage of space you might not otherwise use, and will keep any mess out of sight. Cute baskets or bins that complement your playroom decor add a touch of style to your organizing efforts. Modular storage options like shelves and cabinets offer versatility, allowing you to rearrange them as needed as birthdays and holidays bring new toys into your family’s life.

Take advantage of wall space by using floating shelves or over-the-door hanging organizers to store toys without cluttering the floor. Vertical storage not only maximizes space but also makes toys more accessible for your little ones.

3. Rotate Toys Regularly

To keep things fresh and exciting, try using a toy rotation system. Periodically swap out toys, especially larger items like slides, jumbo blocks, and playhouses. Storing unused toys in rotation allows your child to rediscover them later – giving that “new toy” feeling without having to actually buy new toys. Self-storage units can be great for safely storing rotated toys, protecting them from stains and damage while also freeing up space in your home.

By following these simple yet effective strategies, you can conquer the toy clutter and create an organized, functional space for your child to play and explore. Remember, the key is to find a system that works for your family and to adapt it as your child's needs and interests evolve. With a little creativity and determination, you can transform chaos into calm and reclaim your home from the toy invasion. Happy organizing!

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