We use a shelf system that I got cheap at IKEA and some nice baskets to go in them so that you can't really see the 'mess' and everything stays orgainzed. I have since moved these things into our school room. Other stuff I keep in baskets that slide under our cofee tables or beds so that everything can go in and be hidden at any given time. I also use a nice basket in Odin's room to put his toys (1/2 my kitchen tool, his fav.) in. I am the queen of baskets!
These are our big shelves but we turned them on their side so they are short and long instead of skinny & tall.
We also have these same bookcases in 4 hole openings for smaller spaces.
We use these baskets with it. There are the tall ones we use on the bottom row of shelves and we have ones for the top row that are 1/2 as tall so you can see in them more.
Last edited by jolly11sd; 06-15-2011 at 02:32 AM.
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It started off when DS1 was this age as one toy box. It's now 3 big toy boxes, 2 small boxes FULL of cars and big things all piled up in the conservatory. When Tobey starts to out growing his little baby toys then I'm going to donate them and that is one less box Unfortunately the toys keep getting bigger and I'm running out of space. My house is only small with limited storage space, my house looks like a toy shop
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
Alexander-8 Dec 2008
Tobey-1st Oct 2010
All Natalies toys fit in a wicker basket so I keep them downstairs, but for my older two. Ds has 2 plastic toyboxes and my dd has a storage cubby with the cloth boxes.
Mom of 3 beautiful babes!
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DD1 has a wooden toy box and wooden cubby shelves with fabric boxes to contain the toys in our living area. I tried to choose things that would blend well with our decor. Now that we have DD2's toys, we have them in a basket, but we have already outgrown the basket. I'm not sure what we are going to do. I have to start thinking about segregating DD1's toys, as some are a choking hazard.
We have similar storage in their bedrooms, toy storage in the basement, and more in the dining room/empty formal living room. With every birthday and holiday, the toys keep coming. They multiply, get larger, and start to suffocate you. I SURRENDER TOYS, I SURRENDER!!!! Whew, sorry, I just got carried away.
I really haven't purchased many toys myself since relatives go nuts at Christmas and birthdays and I think they get too much already.
I like those bins janijanis posted!
We have this storage ottoman from overstock. If it doesn't fit in this, it doesn't get to stay in the living room! It holds an amazing amount of stuff and it's definitely sturdy enough for a 200lb adult to sit on it with no worries.
Currently in his bedroom is a metal bookshelf (it's actually from my college days). It houses a few stuffed toys, a container of blocks, board books, and one basket that holds a few loose toys. We also have his hanging toy stand in his bedroom with lots of toys hanging off of it. For now, everything fits quite well but I know it won't last. Plus the bookshelf isn't the sturdiest ever. I'm going to mount it to the wall soon, but I really want to replace it with something else that will grow with him. As soon as DH can leave Del Rio again, I want to drag him the 3 hours to Ikea and see what they have. I've seen their Trofast storage systems once and it intrigues me. I definitely want something where I can separate out toys, so that each toy has it's own place. Like stuffed animals goes in one bin, legos in another, etc.
I'll try to post pics later, but we have bookshelves in our LR and we did canvas bins on the 4 bottom shelves for loose toys. We dump them out every month or so to reorganize. They work really well and look good too. We also have a couple of the 3 drawer plastic dressers in our LR closet for random craft stuff.