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Toys are a lot easier to manage when everything has its place. Whether you're dealing with stuffed animals, LEGOs, building blocks, or all of the above, here are the best storage solutions for your space:
Best Overall: Humble Crew Toy Storage Organizer with 12 Plastic Bins
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 inches) and eight smaller bins (8 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches), 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.
Best for LEGOs: iDesign + The Spruce 8.3-in x 6.3-in Plastic Multi-Use Insert Drawer Organizer
If you've ever stepped on a LEGO in the middle of the floor, you know how important it is to keep them well contained in bins. We love these clear bins from The Spruce Organization Collection, which make it easy to see exactly what's inside and keep things organized while your kids play.
The clear sides and dividing wall make it easy to sort LEGOs by shape and size, and the containers are stackable, so you can get a few of them and store them on a shelf or in a closet. We especially like that the individual bins are pretty portable, so they can be carried to a table, a desk, or the living room floor, then easily put back wherever they belong.
The containers measure 8.3 x 6.3 inches, which will hold a good number of LEGOs. Each one comes with a lid and a removable divider, so your child can keep different block sizes or colors separate.
Best Wooden: KidKraft Children's Bookcase with Reading Nook and Cushions
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 inches, 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.
Best for Living Rooms: 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 inches) 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.
Best for Toy Cars: DisplayGifts 1:64 Scale Toy Cars Diecast Display Case
They zoom, they zip, they race and provide hours of revved-up fun, but if you’ve ever been stuck searching for a lost favorite, 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.
There is no door covering the case, so they can easily get out their favorites to play with, and then (more importantly) put them back. It measures 23.5 X 15 X 2 inches and is made of acrylic. The cars are not included.
Best for Toddlers: Step2 2-in-1 Art Toy Box
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. At just under 14 pounds, it’s also light enough to move around easily.
Best Basket: Gimars Upgrade Larger 22 Inch Well Standing Collapsible Canvas Toy Chest
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 x 12 x 11 inches 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.
Best for Stuffed Animals: Posh Stuffable Kids Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair Cover
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.
Available in three different sizes (medium, large, and extra-large), you can customize the firmness and size of your bean bag with the amount of stuffed animals. The largest size holds more than 95 stuffed toys (yes, you read that right!), 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 comes in a variety of fun patterns and colors. We're particularly partial to the Coloring pattern, which lets kiddos customize their chair even further.
No stuffed animals are included, which is for the best, because you probably have too many already.