The 7 Best Toy Storage Solutions to Buy in 2018

Keep the chaos at bay with smart space-saving ideas

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Toys are so much fun… until playtime is over. Then they become virtual landmines, strewn about the house in every imaginable corner just waiting for mom or dad’s shoeless foot to come down on them. The collection grows exponentially and can start to take over your entire home if you don’t have a game plan.

Fortunately, today there are tons of great toy storage solutions on the market that can make managing your kids’ toys easy and even fun in some cases. From plastic to wood, baskets and more, here are seven of our favorite toy storage solutions.

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    Best Plastic Toy Storage: Tot Tutors Kids' Toy Storage Organizer

    Perfect for playrooms, this bright and cheerful toy storage organizer can hold books, art supplies, blocks, dolls and more. With 12 plastic bins, it’s easy to keep everything sorted and organized, and the open tops make finding what kids want to play with easy too (i.e. no rummaging through a big box, throwing things out as they go).

    There are four large bins (11.5" x 16.5" x 5.5") and eight smaller bins (8" x 11.5" x 5.5"), all of which sit in a sturdy wooden frame. Each is removable, so kids can take down the toys they want, then put them back (in theory anyway), and they can be cleaned easily.

    Recommended for kids ages three to eight, the organizer comes in several different color options including natural wood with primary colored baskets, white wood with pastel baskets and espresso-finished wood with white bins — something to match any decor.

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    Best Wooden Toy Storage: KidKraft Bookcase with Reading Nook Toy

    This toy storage solution also serves as a great piece of furniture that will encourage little readers to curl up with a good book. It has six compartments to hold toys, stuffed animals, and, of course, books, but up top is a cozy, cushioned reading nook. Shelves on either side of the nook make a great place for a reading lamp or other decor.

    It measures 40.1" x 11.8" x 24", which is just right for little ones (recommended for ages two to five years), and parents say it’s sturdy and easy to assemble. Made of composite wooden materials, it’s comes in white, natural or espresso color.

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    Best Toy Storage for Your Living Room: KidKraft Limited Edition Toy Box

    When you want toys nearby, but you’re not going for that toys-have-overtaken-our-lives look, this wooden storage box is a great option for your living room or other space you want to keep looking a little bit more adult. It has plenty of room (33" x 28.75" x 17.25")  to hold favorite games, stuffed animals and other fun items, but it can be easily tucked into a corner or other out-of-the-way space.

    The lid has a safety hinge to prevent little fingers from getting pinched, and it has wheels (removable if you choose) to make moving it from place to place easy. Simple in design, it comes in several finishes (white, black, natural, cherry and honey), to blend in with any decor. It also doubles as a bench for extra seating, which can come in handy.

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    Best Toy Car Storage Solution: JackCubeDesign Hot Wheels Display Case Storage

    They zoom, they zip, they race and provide hours of revved-up fun, but if you’ve ever stepped barefoot onto one of those little toy cars (ouch!), you know just how important it is to find a neat storage solution for them. This case not only gets them up and off the floor, but it puts them on display. It has 56 individual slots for their favorite cars, and it comes with a wall mount so they can proudly show them off in their room or play room.

    The front opens so they can easily get out their favorites to play with, and then (more importantly) put them back. It measures 24.61" x 13.78" x 2.05" and is made of acrylic. The cars are not included.

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    Best Toy Storage for Toddlers: Step2 2-in-1 Art Toy Box

    Step2 2-in-1 Art Toy Box, Red
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    This plastic toy box does double duty, not only storing their toys and treasures, but it also serves as an art station where they can let out their inner artist. It has an easel on the front of the lid, and bins that sit on the top for paintbrushes, crayons and other tools they use to make masterpieces.

    Inside, there’s plenty of space (4.5 cubic feet of interior storage space to be exact) for dress-up clothes, games and other goodies galore. Recommended for ages two to eight, it’s made of durable plastic, so it’s toddler tough, and can be used indoors or out. It’s also light enough (13.8 pounds) to move around easily.

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    Best Toy Storage Basket: Gimars Newest Well Standing 22x12x11" Toy Chest Baskets

    If your kids’ toys are making you a basket case, there’s a case to be made for this basket. Made of burlap, it’s sturdy and has two carrying handles, so it’s easy to take wherever playing is going to happen. It measures 22" L x 12" W x 11" H and is great for storing on dressers, in closets or just on the floor. Labeled “toys,” there’s no question as to what kids should do when they’re done playing with theirs.

    The inside is waterproof, which means it’s easy to clean, and it has a wire frame to make it stand up on its own and hold its shape. However, it’s also easy to fold up and store for times it’s not in use. It’s an easy, inexpensive toy storage solution that looks cute in any room.

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    Best Storage for Stuffed Animals: Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair - 2 in 1

    Now you see them, now you don’t. While this looks and acts like a beanbag, perfect for sitting on to watch TV, read or play with toys, it’s really a creative toy storage solution. The “stuffing” is actually your kids’ stuffed toys. You simply scoop them up, put them in the bag, and all their favorite friends have a cozy place to rest when playtime is over. Cute and clever, it takes care of one of the biggest challenges: What to do when your kid’s room is being overtaken by stuffed animals.

    It holds up to 50 stuffed toys (yes, 50!), and it closes with an extra-long zipper, which makes both putting them in and finding the ones they want to take out, easy. The bag is made of cotton, and the zig-zag pattern comes in red, blue or grey. No stuffed animals are included, which is for the best, because you probably already have too many anyway.