After the holiday gift-giving bonanza, tired parents are facing an infiltration of new toys now scattered across their once-tidy homes. Fortunately, there’s a way to tame the toy tsunami while still keeping your home as stylish as ever. Check out our 10 favourite ways to organize toys around the home, without sacrificing design. We have a feeling you’re going to love these swoon-worthy toy organizer ideas!
If It Ain’t Broke
OK, let’s start with the granddaddy of all toy organizer systems — IKEA‘s modular Trofast series. It comes in various frame configurations and with a variety of basket colours and materials. Chances are it will work in your kid’s room no matter the current setup — and become an indispensable toy organizing workhorse.
Trofast, IKEA Canada, $168.
While this whimsical storage basket was designed with board books in mind, its toy organizer possibilities go beyond books. Turn it into a dinosaur figurine den or a Calico Critters’ house party — everything can have its place, but play is still the name of the game.
Braided Book Storage Unit, H&M Home, $55.
Play on Display
One of the simplest ways to tame the toy overflow is to limit the amount of items out at one time. Using trays to display a few sets, a game or a skill task on an eye-level shelf is not new (hello, Montessori!), but these game-changing trays are practical and beautiful.
OUI Lacquer Trays, Chapters Indigo, (various sizes) $13-$50.
The early literacy program “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” encourages parents to reach this reading goal and watch their kindergartener bloom. Libraries, book stores, secondhand sellers — no matter where the books come from, they’ll need to be housed. This minimalist multi-tiered spinning shelf keeps them neat and ready to read… and read… and read again.
3 Tier 360° Rotating Organizer, Amazon Canada, $99.
Up, Up and Away
To become a pro toy organizer, you’ll need to get really familiar with a drill, drywall plugs and a level — wall organizers are key to a clear floor. If you can put it up, do it. By limiting clutter on the ground and on table and desk surfaces, you open up the possibilities for full-body play that kids need.
Metal Hanging Organizer, Zara Home, $70.
Big (and Bigger) Bricks
Lego — the bright bastion of creative play and the bane of parents’ feet. Coming up with a thoughtful storage plan for (bordering on) thousands of tiny bricks can be tricky. Take out the pain and find peace of mind with Lego’s aesthetically pleasing answer — giant packable, stackable storage bricks in a variety of sizes and colours.
Lego Storage Box Set of 3, Amazon Canada, $98.
No matter how hard parents try to stem the flow of stuffed animals, children’s rooms always seem to end up looking like a menagerie. An over-the-door organizer with tons of pockets, lowered to the child’s height, is a simple, humane way to store these squishy soft friends.
OUI Over The Door Organizer, Chapters Indigo, $80.
Sit and Store
Any time a piece of kid’s furniture can perform the secondary function of providing much-needed storage, parents rejoice. This two-in-one chair and toy organizer set is the perfect example of utility and style. All four stools have built-in compartments to store various toys, books and more.
Nesting Charcoal Kids Play Chairs, Crate & Barrel, $300.
If you do have a bit of floor space to play with, a chic utility cart makes a versatile toy organizer. With its multiple shelves and caster wheels, adapt it to your kid’s changing interests as they grow from toddler to teenager.
Type A Momentum Steel 3-Tier Utility Cart, Canadian Tire, $50.
Caddy of Calm
Bedtime can be a chaotic period of brushing teeth, nighttime stories, big feelings and bone-weary parents. Help yourself by setting up all you’ll need beforehand in this chic bedside caddy — books, a water bottle and the patience of a saint will all be there waiting for you at lights out.
Kikkerland Felt Bedside Caddy, Well.ca, $27.