We all have wonderful intentions of our homes being organized and tidy, but you add kids to the mix and it usually goes to heck in a hand basket pretty quickly. The reason, kids are mess making machines with lots of stuff and we often don't have time to think through the tools we really need to make organization happen. So here are my top 4 toy organizers that are staples for every playroom.
1. Toy Tamer Bags
Ok, I may be biased but I absolutely love these wonders of the playroom because they really work!! The reason they work is because their functionality is different from just the typical plastic bin or toy box. Toy Tamer Bags are designed to capture those millions of small to medium sized toys invading our homes. A unique organizational design that fully contains those toys, is kid compatible, portable, has multiple ways to store and promotes organization really sets this this toy storage solution apart. Visit Kids' Clutter Tamers to get these must haves!
2. Activity Table with Toy Storage
Kids love to build so every playroom needs a good activity table, preferably one with built-in toy storage for all those Legos and trains. You can find these tables that will do double duty and have Lego plates on one side and then a flat surface on the other side for train set building. This one can be found at Toys R Us and is pretty reasonably priced.
Or if you already have a table that you are willing to donate to the cause you can purchase Lego plates and glue them to the table. Then attach baskets to the sides.
3. A Sturdy Shelving Unit
A good shelving unit is one of the first things I purchased when my kids were young and toys were infiltrating the house. The grandparents were working overtime to buy every possible toy to stimulate their play and creativity :) With a shelving unit in place you can get creative on how you want to organize it. Click these links for great options from IKEA and Wayfair.
4. Toy Box
A toy box is a tricky one because they can become black holes really fast where toys go in never to be seen again. The rule with toy boxes is that you have to limit them to your really large toys or collections and stick to it. For example, a collection of Nerf guns, dolls, stuffed animals. Just don't let small toys go into the toy box unless they're contained in Toy Tamer Bags or you will never see them again! This cute toy box is by Step 2 and had great prices at Walmart and comes in several colors.
Then finally, you can add fabric cubes and plastic bins to top things off. But remember, anything "boxlike" can quickly become a mess and add to the organization problem. Keep these types of storage devices under control and only use for larger toys...never small or micro toys. Hope this helps you get ahead of the toy chaos and sets you and your kids up for toy organization success.