The chaos that is a house with little children. Stepping on random lego is a serious parenting hazard! Before the boys were born I had this vision of a beautiful playroom and nursery, where everything matched, coordinating pillows and with all toys in pretty wicker baskets. HA. I laugh now as my living room floor looks like Toys R Us threw up all over it.
In the boys playroom we have a long Ikea Kallax unit, the one with a eight cubby holes. We used bright coloured baskets and that held extra toys for a long time. And somehow toys ended up scattered on the floor regardless. I wanted something transparent where the boys could see the toys inside instead of dumping a whole basket and realizing what they wanted wasn’t in there.
>> We used Hefty Brand plastic containers, linked here. But you can find 15 qt. and 66 qt. plastic totes in many different brands and retail locations.
We purchased really simple, plain ol’ plastic storage containers with lids. The large ones houses their train sets and one to consolidate their Paw Patrol collection. The smaller ones have toy cars, dinosaurs, kitchen and fake food items, lego duplo blocks, one for the Mega blocks and so on. There is nothing fancy or pretty about this way of organizing toys. But it’s effective and efficient. Everything has its own box which makes clean up easier and quicker. It also makes play time more enjoyable for both the kids and me. When the room is scattered with random bits and pieces of different toys, it gets overwhelming and the boys get bored easily. This way, they take one box and play, they then have to clean it up before opening the second box.
I’ll be buying even smaller storage boxes for their craft, sensory play items and playdoh collection next. Who knew that cleaning and organizing toys in a practical fashion would bring so much zen to my life. But I swear it has!