12.30.2011

Organizing Kids Toys

If you have children, you understand the never ending process of trying to organize and store their toys. I am always in search of new ways to keep the toys together and keep my house looking somewhat tidy. I decided to do a complete redo of our toy storage the day after Christmas. Our little ones received lots of wonderful new toys for their birthday and Christmas and we needed a place to put them.

Operation Twin Town & Twin Gym was under way! A little history - we renamed our family room Twin Town shortly after they arrived and we realized our home would never be the same with the amount of stuff these little people required. A year later they claimed another room and that was named Twin Gym because of the foam mats, ball pit and slide. With two rooms to organize it was double the work but double the satisfaction when it was complete! 

My Top Three Tips for Organizing Kids Toys:
1. Keep toys easily accessible for the little ones. This way they can get the most out of their toys. Store toys in bins that are low and easy to reach. Same goes for books so they can reach them and read as much as they want.
2. Keep like items together. This gives the little ones a sense of order. They know when they pull out the doll bin, it will have all dolls and doll accessories. Or the train bin has all of the trains and train tracks. Plus it makes clean up a breeze!
3. Go through toys frequently and move out toys they no longer play with. It will be help keep things de cluttered and easier to play with because they won't have to weed through the items they no longer are interested in.

Twin Town Storage - You can purchase the storage container on the left at Target and Fred Meyer/Kroger. And you can usually find sales on the colored bins. The organizer on the right is from Target. My husband anchors the shelving into the wall so it cannot tip over on the kids.

I love having books easily accessible for them. They have another shelf in their room filled with books. I have always been an avid reader and we hope to instill that trait in them too.
There are a few shelves under our TV in the armoir and I use every bit of shelf space I can. These bins are from Container Store.
Twin Gym Storage - same shelf unit as in the other room. See below for more on the puzzle racks.
 These are pictures of some of the bins we have. Some items are easily grouped - cars, blocks, stuffed animals, trains and train tracks, pots and pans and cooking utensils. Other groups are a bit more random - view masters with cell phones and cameras, all Leap Frog items, small character figurines, etc.

Under the TV I have two bins filled with all of their musical toys. It makes it easy to pull out one type of toy and have a musical play time. Or pull out all of the play food and they play at their table and kitchen set.

Also, if you have small items like the little board books in the upper right corner of the collage, put them in their own container. It helps keep them together and it is easier to store that way.
I have seen a version of puzzle racks like this for sale from Melissa and Doug. These were from my scrap booking days. Not to say I have officially retired from scrap booking, it is just my need for 12 x 12 paper is not as important as it used to be. I felt like the kids weren't getting as much use out of their puzzles as they could be. They were in bins under their beds and were hardly ever touched. This way they are organized and easy to see and play with. I got these racks 10 years ago on EBay from a woman who was selling her scrap booking store. Here is a link to a place you can buy the Melissa and Doug racks.
I remove all of the puzzle pieces from each puzzle and put them in zip pouches. We store all of the pouches in one of our colored bins. I found the pouches at Office Max. This helps so we don't lose puzzle pieces and it makes it easy to grab a few puzzles and pouches and put them in the suitcase for travel or take them on the road with us.

Hope this gives you a little inspiration for your toy organization. If you have any great toy organizing tips, leave a comment. I would love to hear them! I am always looking for new ideas.

Happy Organizing!

112 comments:

  1. I love the puzzles in pouches! So smart!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow! This blogg is just packed with great ideas and wonderfull colours :D Found the link via Pinterest... Feel free to check my blog as well:) I am inspired :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Where did you get the zipper pouches?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can buy zippered pouches anywhere school supplies are sold, (aka- pencil pouches). They run about $1 each.

      Delete
  4. Where do you put the pictures of the puzzles?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Found your blog thru Pinterest, you have so many great ideas! =)
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I really love your idea of organizing kids Toys in such a great way! very nice! Memory foam pillows

    ReplyDelete
  7. I've found that most puzzles fit into a gallon ziptop bag. This keeps the puzzle pieces in the same container as the puzzle board. Any time I separate parts I end up losing them. And I can't even blame the kids.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi, I use the zip pencil cases, for my small electronic items. Mp3 player, cords, etc..especially when we are traveling. I have it in my purse grab it, pull out what ever zip and done. Love it...Also, for money especially for yard sale. Love those little pouches. That was awesome ideals for the kids toys....

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello ,
    I have read your all post on your blog,according to me this is one of best refrence to kids puzzle mats sites in web. I hope you will post more best articles in future.
    You can also read my articles posting related to kids puzzle mats

    http://www.fitnessmatsindia.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. I suppose this info is completely unique. Toy Piano

    ReplyDelete
  11. This blog is having very informational content, thanks for sharing. kids toys

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great work ! Thank you so much for sharing this blog with us.Please visit my blog funskool toys online to get some important information.

    ReplyDelete
  13. It's really annoying! I want that storage unit from target but I'm in the uk! :( such a shame. Really good website!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They sell similar units at Ikea. They're part of the EXPEDIT line.

      Delete
  14. Great post, I remember my closet that full of best developmental toys for 2 year olds, yes I use is as storage and it save more space. Thanks for posting this wonderful post.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love the way you've organized different types of toys, they just look beautiful and neat.
    Jumping Castle Hire

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wonderful ideas for organizing !! Can I give you a suggestion? I buy plastic dishpans that are very cheap - sometimes they are available in a color other than white. I use them to store the kids' books. They are easy to store and the kids can easily return books to the pan. I found that when I kept books on the shelf I was constantly trying to keep the shelves clean and it was hard for the kids to get the ones they wanted without all the books falling down.

    ReplyDelete
  17. When my kids were toddlers, I would assign each wooden puzzle a number and write it in permanent marker on the back of the board and the back of each piece then store them in 2 gallon ziplock baggies. That way when numerous puzzles were dumped out at the same time, we had some idea of which pieces went with which puzzle :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Nice Info! So be it your child is 3 or 12 years old--you will find a kids toy to his/her liking. It is also a fun experience to browse through so many kids toys and you will feel your own childish senses tingling!

    Online Toys Shopping | Buy Kids Toys | Toys Shop India

    ReplyDelete
  19. I decided to do a complete redo of our toy storage the day after Christmas. Our little ones received lots of wonderful new toys for their birthday ... itoystorage.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I decided to do a complete redo of our toy storage the day after ... istoragebins.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. Last year i got too many Barneprodukter but right now i am feeling that my barn is no more interested with all old stuffs.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Checkout Flipkart Coupons available at Discount Mantra and save huge on toys, Books, clothes and accessories

    ReplyDelete
  23. Now i am definitely content to uncover this page in addition to performed delight in examining practical articles or blog posts placed in this article. This thoughts on the article author seemed to be brilliant, appreciate it with the write about.
    Nerf Shooter

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thanks for sharing info. Keep up the good work...We hope you will visit our blog often as we discuss topics of interest to you
    family product review site

    ReplyDelete
  25. Online Toy Store In Bangalore - LittleBees India's fastest growing Online Shopping Store for kids and babies Located @ Sarjapur Road Bangalore . Buy baby care products, toys, games, diapers, clothes and more with online shopping, Cash on Delivery option.

    http://www.littlebees.com/index.php/toys-game/baby-toys-0-2-yrs.html

    ReplyDelete
  26. cutebabybuy.com has some amazing collection of Toys and Other Baby Accessories, Check out the range and shop at best Price.

    ReplyDelete
  27. It's not my very first time to visit this blog; I’m visiting this daily and acquire superb info from here day by day.link

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thanks for Sharing a Such Usefful Post. I am always looking that kind of blog post.
    Online Toys Store India

    ReplyDelete
  29. nice post to read and learn some things new about post.
    Best Prom Dresses

    ReplyDelete
  30. You have some honest ideas about the animal toys share here I really get many information and discovered most peoples will agree with your blog.
    animal toys

    ReplyDelete
  31. You have some honest ideas about the INTRO & OUTRO TEST share here I really get many information and discovered most peoples will agree with your blog.
    INTRO & OUTRO TEST

    ReplyDelete
  32. After putting puzzles in the pouches, cut out the picture (there is usually a small pic of the whole puzzle on the side of the box), and either put it inside the pouch, or tape it with clear packing tape to the outside back of the pouch

    ReplyDelete
  33. I really appreciate your work and very amazing and important information about the kids toys which have share in this blog.
    играчки за момчета

    ReplyDelete
  34. I appreciate your all information about the baby toys and clothing are very interesting well done.
    toys

    ReplyDelete
  35. Interesting blog and I really like your work and must appreciate you work for the Children toys well done.
    Children toys

    ReplyDelete
  36. faster bikes on our best dirt bike list for kids under 5 but still it comes up with the safety features dirt bikes for 8 year olds

    ReplyDelete
  37. anaokulu malzemeleri,eğitici oyuncaklar,kreş oyuncakları,anaokulu mobilyaları,anaokulu donanımları,eğitim araçları,okul öncesi eğitim araçları,eğitici oyunlar,toys,kindergarten materials,kindergarten toys,kreş malzemeleri,kreş mobilyaları,ahşap ve keçe oyuncaklar,akülü ve pedallı araçlar,akıllı tahta,robotik kodlama ve teknolojik oyuncaklar,galoşuk,yazı tahtaları,panolar,spor grupları,dolap ve kitaplıklar,masa ve sıralar,ilgi köşleri,ofis mobilyaları,macera parklar tıkla sepete ekle anaokulu ve kreş,yengeç eğitim araçları https://www.yengecegitim.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. Best Amazon Prime Day Kids Toys Deals 2019


    With the Prime Day Kids Toys Deals practically around the bend, we chose to present, as we did in 2019, the most in vogue amusements and toys for Best Amazon Prime Day Kids Toys Deals. So we have completed a great deal of research, regardless of whether in new toy indexes, for example, King Toy, Maxi Toys or Toy Club to discover the toys most mentioned by kids and they will appreciate them without a doubt!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I personally think this is one of the best toys of 2019!! We ordered this with a birthday gift card my daughter received and she absolutely loves it.

    The Baby Vine

    ReplyDelete
  40. Life changes significantly as we grow old and there are a plethora of things that we miss out. While we strive hard to shape our career and identify what exactly we want to be, an after-thirty phase is more challenging.
    a2z life style

    ReplyDelete
  41. I really like it! I'll always appreciate your brief sharing in this awesome stuffs sincerely,this discussion has put light on this topic.
    Modern African clothing

    ReplyDelete

  42. TopXListing is an independent firm which collects data from various companies and picks the best companies in web development, web design, app development and SEO field which can deliver efficient and effective results to clients.
    Topxlisting

    ReplyDelete
  43. This looks so cute. Thanks for the spreading such a cute blog and I really appreciate your blogs.
    Bullseye Electronic Shooting Target

    ReplyDelete
  44. Maileg Toys is very popular in the toy collecting world, not only because of the amazing line of toys, but also because of the incredibly high quality and realistic looking dolls that are made of. You can check this site to get more details about maileg toys.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I am glad to be here and read your very interesting article, it was very informative and helpful information for me. keep it up. Future Life is Good Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site
    Beth Dutton Orange Coat

    ReplyDelete
  47. Thank you for sharing this amazing piece of content. You are doing a great job, thanks for it.
    Sad Shayari with Hindi Images, Sad Shayari for Facebook Whatsapp in Hindi Sad Shayari in Hindi Best Sad Shayari Collection in Hindi

    ReplyDelete
  48. Our the purpose is to share the reviews about the latest Jackets,Coats and Vests also shre the related Movies,Gaming, Casual,Faux Leather and Leather materials available AOT Cape

    ReplyDelete
  49. I am a Staff Author at FieldEngineer.com a Marketplace for the On-Demand telecom workforce, extending from field engineers to high-level network engineers, project managers and Network Architects in 172 nations. I am an EC Engineer.

    network infrastructure

    ReplyDelete
  50. Pretty good post. I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.Any way Here I am Specialist in Manufacturing of Movies, Gaming, Casual, Faux Leather Jackets, Coats And Vests See Coming To America Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  51. Thanks for sharing a great article.
    You are providing wonderful information, it is very useful to us.
    Keep posting like this informative articles.
    Thank you.

    Get to know about [pii_email_11fe1b3b7ddac37a081f]

    ReplyDelete
  52. New Shiva Ringtone Mp3 Mahadev Ringtone Bholenath Ringtone

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thanks For Sharing Nice Content! Mp3 Telugu Ringtones Download New Mp3 Ringtone Download

    ReplyDelete
  54. This is definitely useful information if you want to keep your contacts update and organized. Thank you! MOSES BRINGS JACKET

    ReplyDelete
  55. |Thankyou for sharing this informative article. i will soon visit again. Yellowstone Rip Wheeler Vest

    ReplyDelete
  56. Very nice blog, Thanks for sharing great article.
    You are providing wonderful information, it is very useful to us.
    Keep posting like this informative articles.
    Thank you.

    Get to know about uk49s.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Get unlimited krishna Ringtone for free and download in one click no ads.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Best Collection of Rajasthani Ringtone for Android And Iphone.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Best Collection of Gujarati Ringtone for Gujarati ringtone lover.

    ReplyDelete
  60. The world has evenly distributed beauty, but Russia is much luckier than other countries in the matter of women. The country has got the most beautiful, confidant, and admirable women in the world. These women are not only beautiful but also sassy. They are independent, bold, and they speak for themselves.
    Beautiful russian women

    Top most bollywood actress in India

    Hollywood is worlds bigger and premium industry which adds many faces from all walks of lives each year. Hollywood industry is having very lengthy list, however we tried to bring you some of the very popular & world-famous Hollywood actress list.
    Beautiful Hollywood actress

    ReplyDelete
  61. Its always nice and i feel honored reading your Blog . Your Blogs always based on all basic concepts which anyone can understand so easily and relate to Pleasure to read your Blogs Sir.



    golden retriever puppies for sale
    golden retriever puppies for sale near me

    ReplyDelete
  62. download krishna mp3 ringtone and krishna flute ringtone for free.

    ReplyDelete
  63. download krishna mp3 ringtone and krishna flute ringtone for free.

    ReplyDelete
  64. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Download Trending Ringtones for Android or iPhone, Feel the World With Music, Ringtone Download That Best For You.

    ReplyDelete
  66. The term SD-WAN is an acronym that stands for Software-Defined Wide-Area Network. It is a term that relates to SDN(Software-Defined Networking) and is something that is used by thousands of companies across the country and further afield as they look to connect different parts of their business to a wireless network.

    sd-wan

    ReplyDelete