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Try as you might, keeping toys organised can be a tough job. Kids love their toys in easy reach and are often quick to make a mess so soon after we tidy. It can be the most frustrating thing in the world as a parent, attempting to get control of the toy clutter! Finding easy toy storage ideas that also look great can be the challenge too, as there is nothing worse than an overflowing toy box that won’t even shut!
There are so many cool toy storage ideas that may make the organisation a little easier for all of us.
Getting Toys Under Control
The battle against toys has been a long one for us, and one that prompted a few changes around the house!
Personally, my lounge room floor would often end up being toy storage. No matter how many times I picked them up. It’s no longer my job though.
By teaching my kids the responsibility of picking their own toys up is getting them quicker at the pack away tasks these days, especially when we have plenty of easy to access toy storage solutions for them. Minimising the number of toys in our home has also helped!
The other thing that has helped reduce out toy load is by giving gifts that aren’t toys for our kids for special occasions. You can find more than 100 ideas for non-toy gifts here.
Although what most prompted me to put this collection of kids room inspiration together was a need for soft toy storage ideas when my girls were younger.
38 AWESOME TOY STORAGE IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME
To help inspire you to get your kids toys neat and tidy, I have done some of the hard work for you. These unique toy storage ideas can be incorporated into your own home, either in your children’s bedrooms, playrooms or lounge storage solutions.
These kids storage ideas are mostly easy to set up and look great too, as a functional yet fun way to keep the toys under control!
1. CUBE BOOKSHELVES
I really love this idea, as it looks great and is so easy. In fact, we have a similar set up in our playroom these days, although with tubs in each cube. This is easy to reach for younger kids and the baskets hide away the unsightly mess.
Scroll down to number 29 to see the IKEA Kallax shelves used as a doll house, each cube a different room so this could be incorporated into the top shelves. Source
These baskets are similar to the ones used:
2. STUFFED TOY SWING
This is so freaking cute! Anyone who knows me knows I am a little anti-stuffed toy since becoming a mum. They are cute and all but seriously, how many does one kid need. My daughter got so many from birth through her first year and they just take up so much room.
About once a year I do a soft toy cull, however, we still have a pretty significant collection! Some are too cute to part with so this is one of my favourite teddy bear storage ideas. Tutorial
3. BENCH SEAT STORAGE
This is another super cool IKEA hack, using shelving and adding bench seat cushions on top so the storage tubs are in easy access for kids, the mess is hidden away and you get some comfy chairs to sit on too.
This would work in other areas of the home too, like lounge storage ideas for extra places to hide the fun stuff.
4. DRESS UP RACK
Do you have a little actor or actress in the making? How about a dress up rack to keep all those costumes neat and orderly? This is really cute and a great way to keep dress up outfits organised and easily accessible. Check out number 35 for another costume hanging idea.
We currently store our kid’s costumes in one of the tubs in our Kallax shelving which is getting a bit full. Source
5. PEEK A BOO SACKS
Bag up different types of toys and still know what is in them with this peek a boo bag storage idea. I love this as a DIY toy storage solution that you can make at home if you are skilled with a sewing machine too.
6. MATCHBOX CAR STORAGE
This has to be one of the best car storage ideas to keep those cars in one place. This not only gets them organised and off the floor but also looks really cool as a decoration piece in a kids room or playroom.
It would not be difficult to make similar DIY toy car storage ideas like this either. Source
Here’s an alternative you can buy online:
7. STUFFED ANIMAL HAMMOCK
If you are looking for other ideas for storing teddy bears and stuffed toys, this is super cute! Plus gets them up off the floor and out of the way as a really simple teddy organiser. It’s a great way to display them as a bedroom feature too. Source
Here is a stuffed toy hammock you can purchase online:
8. BOOK STORAGE
Books can take up quite a lot of room if you have an avid reader in your life. It’s great to promote the young ones to foster a love of reading so keeping them in easy reach is a perfect option for this.
We have an inflatable chair in the corner of our my eldest daughter’s room which is her reading nook. A beanbag would be even better!
9. MATCHBOX HANGER
Another simple idea for keeping those matchbox cars organised. You could even hang it in the wardrobe with the clothes for one of the most easy toy storage ideas possible!
10. STORAGE COFFEE TABLE
Want toy storage ideas that can be camouflaged in your living room… this coffee table is a super awesome idea! This would make a great upcycling project with the right piece of pre-loved furniture too! Or simply get one ready to go! We have a coffee table with a shelf and drawer where we hide colouring books and pencils for the kids. Source
11. ZOO STORAGE
Want another stylish way to display and control those stuffed animals before they get out of control. How about a zoo display?
These can be made to order via the website, however there are sure to be plenty of tutorials online on how to make the zoo stuffed animal storage. You could even convert an old bookshelf with a couple of bar-type add ons! Source
This one is available to purchase online:
12. WALL STORAGE
If you have the room, this wall lined with containers is a great visible way of seeing toys and keeping them sorted into their separate categories. Perfect if you have a touch of OCD going on too ;)
13. LEGO STORAGE
Another one for the OCD at heart… colour sorted lego drawers. Looks good but probably only useful if your kids have a lot of Lego. Source
Check out loads of LEGO play and learning ideas for keeping kids entertained at home.
14. HANGING BEDSIDE ORGANISER
These bed hanging pockets are a great way of storing a couple of favourite toys or books close to the bed for easy access. Source
15. UNDER BED TOY STORAGE
Under the bed is a great space to utilise for kids toys storage,if you are able. This is a handy tutorial for cute under bed toy storage ideas. Source
16. BARBIE ORGANISER
Need a home for all the Barbie dolls your child is collecting? This is a nice space-saving option of hanging toy storage and Barbie organizer idea. Behind the door and out of sight once it is open and pushed back towards the wall. Source
Here is a Barbie storage hanger you can purchase online:
17. LEGO TABLE & STORAGE
This is a great idea for keeping those Lego in one spot, plus giving the kids a place to actually play with their Lego. Functional and fun.
18. HIDEAWAY STORAGE
Toy storage ideas that keep the mess out of sight can be great. This is a simple option. A bookshelf with a curtain essentially.
19. STUFFED TOY BEANBAG
We tried this one and I didn’t love it as far as comfort goes. Some soft toys are not that soft really, with hard noses and eyes. But it keeps them hidden and can double as a chair as well, making it a simple and inexpensive teddy storage solution.
Here is one you can purchase online:
20. BUNK BED SOFT TOY STORAGE
We got our daughter a bunk bed with storage in mind. I looked up a lot of different storage ideas for teddy bears when she was younger, but her room is quite small. They take up so much room and while my previous storage idea was okay, there were a few really oversized stuffed toys that didn’t really fit.
While she’s still little and wants to keep them all, they can have their own home on the top bunk. You can see miss 2’s toddler bedroom makeover here.
Update: Now that she is older, the teddy bear collection has downsized a lot! She now shares her bunks with her little sister so they have only kept a few of their favourite teddy bears and soft toys that tend to share the bed with them. A spare top bunk can be an easy solution as storage ideas for teddy bears.
We got our bed from Ebay for really cheap, brand new. It was flat packed and much cheaper than any of the local stores.
21. CLEAR TUBS
Clear storage tubs are a great way of being able to see what is in each tub, yet still keeping the clutter organised and orderly. This toy storage organiser is great with how each drawer is labelled too.
22. GARAGE STORAGE FOR OUTDOOR TOYS
While they are not in the bedroom or playroom, outdoor toys are much better organised too so this is a great outdoor toy storage idea. Outdoor toy storage ideas are trickier as they often tend to be larger than indoor toys, so having a nook in your garage like this is a great option, or if you have a suitable garden shed.
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23. LEGO MANUALS
This is something a lot of us may overlook as an important toy storage solution, but it would be great to keep all those instruction manuals for building Lego creations handy.
24. CAR TABLE
Okay so this one is more fun than storage but it still has some storage involved. How cool is it? I want one.
25. PLAY N WRAP HOBBY MAT
This thing is the best. We still have toddler blocks since we aren’t at Lego stage yet, and we keep them in the hobby mat, so they are tied in a bag when not in use but easy to pull out and play. Also super easy to take on holiday when you only want to take a couple of things to entertain the little ones, which is what we did for our recent trip to the coast for the weekend.
It may also be one of the many great ideas for storing teddies, since you can bag them up and keep them out of the way. Get your own wrap and play mat.
26. STORAGE BED
I love these all in one bed set ups. So great to have not only a bed, a desk but storage too all incorporated into the one space.
You need reasonably high ceilings for most of them though, which is something to be mindful of. A kids storage bed is definitely one of my favourite kids storage ideas because it also turns into a perfect teen study nook as they grow older too.
27. HANGING BASKETS
How great do these look? This is a stylish look to store toys, books and even big kid/teenage knick-knacks to keep them orderly.
While it doesn’t hold a lot of things, this is a seriously cute toy storage option and it would be perfect in a nursery. It would also be another option for favourite teddy storage ideas. Source
28. LEGO TOOLBOX STORAGE
This has to be one of the best toy storage ideas in terms of upcycling. What a great way to repurpose an unwanted tool box, or just a great storage idea in general for keeping those Lego’s under control and off the floor. We all know the pain of stepping on a Lego piece! Such a cool alternative to toy box ideas.
This LEGO storage tool box would be perfect:
29. DOLL HOUSE EXPEDIT
I mentioned earlier about the doll house Ikea Kallax. This is a really cool idea using cube toy storage.
The toys are still on display but it keeps the mess vertical instead of horizontal I suppose. Need more soft toy storage ideas? This could work just as well for soft toy storage solutions as well!
30. STUFFED TOY HANGER
This is a creative kids toy organiser hack. This stuffed animal storage ideas is one we used previously and up until purchasing the bunk bed, this was how I stored my daughters smaller stuffed toys.
It works well for a teddy bear storage and minimises the space they take up but no good for the giant teddy bear my parents so kindly got my daughter when she was born… sigh!
Find this soft toy hanger online here:
31. DIY TUB FRAME
Grab this tutorial for easy to follow instructions to make this IKEA tub storage system. The tubs are inexpensive to purchase so overall, a budget friendly project for toy room storage. Source
32. SCOOP DRAWERS
Kids are visual and like to see what they have. Sure this means they may want to pull everything out, and it makes the toys easy to see.
However this awesome toy storage ideas give easy access to their toys and make for a quick pack up.
33. LIBRARY WALL
If your kids have a stack of books, there are many kids room storage ideas aimed at organising books but this one is really cool.
Make use of little space, keep their books in easy view and they look funky. A great way to encourage young readers too. Source
34. BEHIND THE DOOR STORAGE BAGS
Some toys come in collections or sets and storing them together can be tricky. These behind the door bags are a cool way to grab one set at a time, without having pieces go astray at the bottom of the toy box.
It’s a simple matter of hanging the bag back up at the end and grabbing a different bag.
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35. DRESS UPS CLOSET
36. BOOK WAGON
Another super cool way to display kids books is in a vintage style cart. They will love being able to take their books for a roll around the house too. You may be able to pick up a vintage wagon like this at a yard sale, or make one of your own!
37. STORAGE OTTOMAN
A place for toys and a seat or footrest as well, a storage ottoman makes a fantastic living room toy storage idea that doubles as a functional piece of furniture too. The best thing about these type of kids storage solutions is that they are functional even after the kids grow up too! Buy online
38. BATH TOY HANGING STORAGE
Bath toys can be a hassle to organise. Not only do they end up making a soggy mess all over the place, they can be hard to find a storage system for. If you have a hanging shower curtain rack, this hanging basket is perfect for letting the toys drip dry and out of the way.
The basket used is a hanging fruit basket which you can find online:
So there you have it! 38 totally awesome kids toy storage ideas for your home that not only look good but are completely functional as well!
These handy storage ideas will have you rethinking the way you currently have the toy collection stored and hopefully even get the toy clutter completely under control.
Best of all, most of these toy storage products are actually really inexpensive items purchase or create in your home too!
Make sure you pop on over to my Kids bedroom declutter to grab the free printable to help you get your kids bedroom under control once and for all!
If you need organisation ideas for the rest of your home, check out what you can do with a 3 tier Ikea Raskog cart:
Love these ideas? You will find some of my favourite storage solutions and products here.
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