We all know how quickly the mess of playroom can quickly spiral out of control, even more so when you have a small space to begin with. In this article we’re sharing the best toy storage ideas for small spaces to inspire your inner Marie Kondo.
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1. Use the Toy as Storage
This All 4 KIDS Veronica White Dollhouse Bookcase is a clever storage solution, as it doubles up as both a dollhouse for pretend play and can also be used for storing books and special toys.
2. Make Use of a Storage Bench
A storage bench when padded with a thick cushion and positioned against a corner makes for a great place to sit, as well a cosy reading nook. The drawers can be used to store bits and pieces of toys that are hard to organise. It’s all kept out of sight (looking decluttered and clean) and is still easily accessible by your children. We love the Smastad pictured above.
3. Maximise the Use of Wall Space with Floating Shelves
Too many wall shelves can make a space look cluttered, small and busy. However, a few well positioned floating shelves can be a great way to display seasonal items or books you are currently reading. Themed shelves (eg. Under the Sea display with a relevant book, some sea animal toys and perhaps a shell) can serve as great provocations. See our blog post on provocations here.
4. Use a Cart
Bar carts are great for small playrooms because they can be wheeled around! These are particularly well suited to be set up as Art Carts. Everything you need for your children’s Art projects at your fingertips and easy to tidy up too.
5. Woven Baskets for Toys
Woven or wicker baskets are a great storage solution because they look beautiful in any space. They can be moved around and tucked into corners or behind furniture with ease. They’re particularly a great option for high rotation toys that might get brought into various rooms.
6. Plastic Tubs with Lids for Stacking (Stored in Closets Out of Sight)
For those loose toy pieces (think puzzles, colouring items and paints!), purchasing multiple small plastic tubs which are stackable are a great option. Store them away in the closet out of sight, and bring them out when you need them. They can be purchased relatively inexpensively at local dollar stores.
7. Peek-A-Boo Toy Sacks
These little toy bags make toy organisation super easy because your child can throw his or her toys in a bag and then put the bag away (maybe even in a storage bench!) The brilliance lies in the little “window” in the bag which makes it easy for your child to identify which toys are in which bags.
8. Store Some Toys in Places Other Than the Toy Room
Balls and other outside play toys can easily be stored undercover or in a shed outside. This makes them easily accessible, close to the space where they’ll be used, and also frees up space in your playroom.
9. Try a Toy Hammock for Soft Toys
A toy hammock is great for small spaces because it takes up no floor space at all. Easy to hang across the corner of a room or on a wall, and easy for kids to work out that’s where all the soft toys and dolls live.
10. Mount a Magnetic Knife Rack to the Wall to store Matchbox Cars
A super easy hack to store all the little matchbox cars! (and other magnetic toys). Simply mount a magnetic knife rack to the wall.
We hope these ideas provide some fresh inspiration for how you can organise your playroom (even when space is limited). Don’t forget to regularly review your toys (perhaps with your child if you feel it’s suitable), and donate or sell the ones which your child hardly plays with anymore.
Having less toys not only means they’re easier to organise and store, but your child will also find more creative ways to engage with what they do have.