Our home often looks like a scene from Twister- Toys strewn across couches, beds and rugs. Between birthdays, holidays and trips to the dollar store my two kids seem to acquire quite a collection. I recently decided enough-is-enough, it’s time to take back at least a few rooms in my house and get this clutter under control.
For me, this will be a work in progress, maybe I will have things under control before the next Christmas influx of toys and clutter so for now I am sharing 10 of the best, most clever ideas from the wonderful world wide web. If you have toys multiplying while you sleep too.. what are your best tips for reigning in the mess?
1) Bath toy storage. I am constantly throwing away and buying new bath toys for the kids and with 1 tub for 4 people it makes storing bath toys around the tub pretty difficult. I love the serene, clutter- free look of a bathroom but with two small children that seems impossible. I am excited to try this tension rod and basket storage solution from blue i style. The neat part is you can easily switch out the toy baskets for rags and sponges making it a storage solution for the whole family.
2) Toy bin DIY. I see post after post this time of year looking for toy box ideas and when I came across this post I was amazed at how easy, creative and CHEAP this was to make. This creative blogger,The Creative Dominican, took an ordinary Tupperware tote and turned it into a beautiful toy box with just some wrapping paper, fence posts and roping.
3) Board game storage. My son is 4 and this year he has developed a true love of board games so Santa left him quite a few under the tree. I just don’t have enough shelf space (and away from little fingers that like to dump things) to store everything. I am LOVING this idea from infarrantlycreative.net!
4) Stuffed animal zoo. Pinterest is filled with fun ideas for storing stuffed animals from hammocks hung from the ceiling to stuffing bean bag chairs. How cute is this stuffed animal zoo from The Keeper of the Cheerios!
5) Create a library wall. I cannot pass up a book sale or better yet a donation from a friend. We have more books taking up precious shelf space than I know what to do with. I love the idea of going vertical with the display and creating an awesome library wall! You can use plastic rain cutters found at any home improvement store like seen here! LOVE!
6) Lego storage. We acquired a few small sets for Christmas this year but I can already see all of these little pieces becoming a problem. Spotted this super cute DIY storage container from obseussed.com and fell in love! Not only great for legos, I wonder what else can be made out of these plastic containers for storing little pieces!
7) Dress up clothes. I do have boys, but we still have quite a collection of dress up costumes, fire hats, tool belts, etc. I love the idea of re-purposing a small dresser into a dress- up clothes closet like this one from brooklynlimestone.com
8) A car garage. I am thinking it might be a good idea to get the kids involved in this organizational resolution of mine too. Maybe, just maybe they will be more inclined to put their own toys away if they help create the spaces for them. I love this toy car garage found on Pinterest (source unknown) made out of either toilet paper rolls or PVC pipes!
9) Kids art supplies. I find crayons in sock drawers and markers behind doors. The kids arts and crafts supplies is something that needs a home (for sake of my furniture and sanity) but I have never found a good solution in our small space. I am loving this idea from abowlfulloflemons.net. Markers, pencils, crayons and scissors are conveniently stored out of reach of little fingers and out of the way of the rest of the house.
10) kids paper clutter. Not toys but I have to include this one because we are halfway through the school year and we have accumulated an artwork/ preschool papers pile that tops Mt. Rushmore. I need to find better ways to store and organize the chaos. Two of my favorite ideas I found are a scanned and printed photo book like the one found here on The Shutterfly Blog and the file folder organization like this one found on allthingsformom.com