Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Toy organization tips

We don’t own a toy box.

Actually, that’s not true — we do own one, and I commandeered it for fabric storage in my office/sewing room. The idea of having the kids “clean up” by chucking dozens of different toys into one huge bin to make toy soup actually gives me a cold chill.

So how do we organize our many, many playthings? You're in luck because toy organization tips is a favourite topic of mine!


Large collections of tiny toys:

Lego and Playmobil sets come with about a trillion itty-bitty pieces that need to be stored, but they also need dedicated flat surfaces for building and playing. I enlisted my handy husband to build a Lego table with storage below, and we also recycled an old train table into a Playmobil table. We recently turned a third table into a dedicated Shopkins station because I really needed to stop stepping on miniature banana breads and moccasins.

One-off sets:

Not every toy needs its own table, of course. I buy (and label) plastic shoeboxes for what I call “one-off toys” — things that aren’t part of a large collection, but do need their own dedicated spot. Paw Patrol figurines in one, Ninja Turtle action figures in another, Polly Pockets in a third, etc. Even larger toys like the Lite Brite (and its zillions of pegs) have their own larger plastic bin, and every bin fits on the IKEA Expedit shelves in our toyroom. For really huge one-off sets, like our wooden train set that no longer has a table to call home, I use a heavy-duty plastic tote bag that can be lugged from room to room.

Barbies:

Right now we have ...

Continue reading how we store Barbies, art supplies, play food/dishes, and puzzles in my weekly parent column, The Mom Scene ...

3 comments:

Chantal Pelham-Edwards said...

I saw your blog in the Chronicle Herald in Halifax and will be implementing many of your toy organization suggestions. We have given up our formal dining room for a playroom, until the kids are a bit older, and it's always a mess. It's not well organized, and now that my 4.5 year old son is getting into Lego, there are tiny pieces everywhere! Thanks for the tips.

Chantal Pelham-Edwards said...

I saw your blog in the Chronicle Herald in Halifax and will be implementing many of your toy organization suggestions. We have given up our formal dining room for a playroom, until the kids are a bit older, and it's always a mess. It's not well organized, and now that my 4.5 year old son is getting into Lego, there are tiny pieces everywhere! Thanks for the tips.

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Thanks, Chantal! Our neighbours did the same thing to their dining room and it's worked out so well. (Our main level is all open concept or we would have done the same!)