Toys may look innocent enough, but give that cute clutter a chance to start piling up, and you’ll soon find yourself battling a hostile toy takeover! Need reinforcements? These clever toy storage ideas are ready and willing to join you in your never-ending cleaning quest to see the carpet.
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Organize Crafting Supplies With Wooden Ruler Crates
Wooden crates are an attractive and inexpensive way to store your little one’s arts and crafts supplies, especially if you make them yourself.
Not so handy with a power tool? Leave the pallet repurposing to the pros, and cut your woodworking teeth on this simple project from Seven Sisters: A beautiful, slatted crate created from scrap wood and a handful of 69-cent yardsticks from Lowes. Leave the rule markings exposed for a “school house” theme, or paint and sand down the edges for a softer, rustic look.Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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Rolling Under-The-Bed Toy Storage
Need more storage space? Conquer the under-the-bed realm of dust bunnies and lost toys in the name of sensible storage.
Repurposed from an old thrifted dresser, these attractive storage drawers seen on Idea Room fit neatly under the bed and roll out for easy access. Use them to store toys or tuck away winter clothing, extra blankets, and other items not currently in everyday use.Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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Create a Washtub Ottoman for Hidden Toy Storage
A galvanized wash bucket turned cozy ottoman is the ultimate in farmhouse chic—not to mention a pretty nifty place to stash your toddler’s toys when you’re expecting company.
This rustic beauty spotted on Red Wind Studio, took one afternoon and only $40 to make!Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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Create Kid-Friendly Storage Jars
Marbles, dice, and other small toys have a way of disappearing. Looking for an easy and affordable way to keep track of your little one’s tiny treasures? Try this adorable idea from The Sister’s Guild.
All you need is a couple of mason jars, a can of spray paint, and a few tiny plastic victims, and voila: Beautiful new storage jars!Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Make Fabric-Covered Storage Bins
We all love fabric storage bins. It’s the price tags that are a little hard to swallow.
Save that hard-earned cash by using inexpensive fabric to transform Dollar Store storage bins into swanky new storage baskets. No sewing required! Just grab a pair of scissors and a can of spray adhesive, and follow these simple directions from Tales from a Cottage.Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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DIY a Costume Closet
This adorable DIY costume closet, seen on Rambling Renovators, underwent a striking rehaul, transforming from a tattered old tallboy dresser into a neat and perfectly organized wardrobe fit for a dress-up princess.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Double Your Storage With a Milk-Crate Storage Ottoman
Portable, stackable, and relatively inexpensive, milk crates make for great toy storage. This classic storage staple receives a quick and easy makeover, courtesy of Caroline of Tupelo Honey, allowing it to double as attractive seating for her daughter’s playroom.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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DIY These Felt Storage Bins
These beautiful crafting felt storage baskets, spotted on Cozy Little Nest, cost very little and take just minutes to make. Lightweight and flexible, they could even be hung from a row of hooks and mounted above a desk for easy-to-reach craft or Lego storage.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Craft This Amazing Grab-And-Go Drawstring Storage Bag
Open the pouch to spread out the Legos. When it’s time to pick up, simply pull the drawstring and boom: You’re done!Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Use an Over-The-Door Shoe Storage Rack to Organize Legos
If your kids are older, you may need a more sophisticated solution to the Lego problem. This clever hack shared on Kid’s Activities Blog, allows you to separate your building blocks by color or even by individual set.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Use a Hanging Closet Organizer to Store Board Games
Stacking board games often leads to Jenga-like messes. Pull out one, and they all come tumbling down!
Need a smarter solution? Try this clever storage hack featured on Fennel Seeds. The cubby separators prevent your game stack from toppling while the built-it hangers keep the whole mess off of the floor.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Replace Bulky Board Game Boxes Envelopes
Can’t spare the closet space? Try swapping those bulky boxes for something a little slimmer.
These 12-by-12 scrapbook envelopes, featured on Pink Daisy Girl, are the perfect size for game boards and all the trimmings, and the wide bottoms make them easy stack in a bookshelf or filing cabinet.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Turn Your Board Games Into Playroom Art
Classic game boards, mounted in an inexpensive box frame, make for excellent playroom décor. Store the pieces in the back of the box frame. When you're ready to play, just pop the frame off the wall.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Keep Your Puzzle Collection in One Handy Case
The trickiest part of any puzzle is holding on to the pieces. Lose even one, and the game is ruined. Need a big-picture solution? Take note of this storage idea from Between 3 Sisters.
The "IRIS" clear crafting case set, available on Amazon, is actually the perfect tool for the job. Just paste the picture from the box to the inside of each interior case.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Create a Stuffed Animal Hammock
Running out of space for all of your little one’s furry friends? This adorable and easy-to- recreate storage hammock, featured on Lemon Squeezy Home, is a great way to display stuffies while making excellent use of vertical space.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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DIY Beanbag Chair That Doubles as Stuffie Storage
You can also put those stuffed animals to good use by creating your very own storage S.A.C (a.k.a. Stuffed Animal Chair). This brilliant idea, featured by Thread Riding Hood, comes with free templates and a step-by-step tutorial, so get ready to get your DIY on!Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Create an “Art Cart” for Crafting Supplies
Tired of crayons and crafting supplies turning up where they don’t belong? This aptly named “Art Cart,” featured by Fun with Mama, is the perfect way to organize your kids’ art supplies. Simply roll it to wherever your little ones are working. When they're done, tuck the entire cart into a closet.Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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Organize Bath Toys With Dollar Store Finds
Get your bathroom in ship shape with this simple Dollar Store hack for organizing bath toys spotted on Cleverly Simple. A low-mounted shower rod keeps toys at arms reach while self-draining baskets ensure everything stays dry and mold-free.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Turn a Crib Rail Into a Toddler-Friendly Book Rack
This cleverly repurposed crib rail featured on Makely makes it easy for toddlers to find their favorite storybooks. Simply set your old crib rail against the wall, secure the top, and drape your kiddo's books over the bars.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Use Dollar Store Ice Cube Trays to Display Shopkins
Living in the land of miniatures? Whether your kids are collecting “Shopkins,” “Num Nums,” or “Hatchimal Minis,” this easy ice-cube tray hack, shared by About Kids Toys via Pinterest, is a "cool" way to display your little one’s ever-growing army of miniature collectibles.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Store and Organize Doll Clothes in This Handy Box
A wooden dowel cut to fit inside of a Tupperware storage box makes storing doll clothes a breeze. This awesome storage idea, shared by Becky Kay on Pinterest, allows you to preserve all of those trendy little outfits, wrinkle-free while reserving space at the bottom for shoe and other accessories.