It’s amazing how much difference getting some storage for your toy room can make! So I thought I would share with you in case you are in need of some toy room storage ideas.
We have a conservatory which we dedicate to a toy room for C, and if I’m honest it was becoming a bit unbearable with the number of toys he had and how we were storing them. It always looked messy even if it was tidied mainly due to bigger toys being stored on the floor or on top of the very little storage we did have.
For Christmas, the number of toys grew so I decided enough was enough. It was time for a de-clutter and a trip to Ikea was in order. Who doesn’t love a trip to Ikea anyway!!
I am pretty ashamed to show you the before photos, to be honest, but the reality is I’m sure most toys rooms look like this at some point don’t they? I think even C stopped playing with toys because he simply couldn’t see the wood for the trees! Anyway, here you go …..
We have to stick to floor storage seeing as we can’t have any on the wall, with it being a conservatory it’s all glass. As you can see from the photo we already had some Ikea Kallax storage units but they just weren’t enough. We had enough room for one more but getting the same again would have only gained another 4 new cubes, which still wouldn’t have really been sufficient, so we chose a bigger Kallax unit that would give us an extra 8 cubes and decided to use the Drona boxes which were plenty deep enough for his bigger toys. To save the smaller toys getting lost I then bought some Glis boxes and labelled them.
Lastly, we needed something for the huge toys – dump trucks, recycle lorries, paw patroller kind of toys. We choose the Stuva storage bench because I like how deep the drawers are and that they have little caster wheels on the bottom which are handy for opening and closing, especially for little hands. It also brings a little bit of colour into the room and if we wanted to we can add the little bench cushion on the top to make a little seating area. It’s just a shame they only come in those two colours and not the colour to match the drawers.
I waited until it was a Monday and C was at school before I started the de-clutter. There’s nothing worse than doing it with them around declaring they absolutely must keep this toy because it’s the best toy I’ve ever had .. even if he’s not looked at it in half a year and is well below his age group!
It took me best part of SIX hours to de-clutter, sort and organise. Six hours! Seriously! Anyway, the end result was amazing literally amazing. Life changing actually (maybe that’s a bit far but I’m sure you’ll understand! Haha) Its like looking at another room. I can now throw open my curtains in the living room of a morning and look into such a clean and tidy space rather than the sigh I used to do when I looked in there.
C is delighted, he really was so chuffed to come home and see it. It’s made such a difference to him as well. He will now pop in and choose something to actually play with. He will take out a cube of whatever takes his fancy AND he’s even been putting it all back as well!!!
He hasn’t even noticed the toys that are no longer in there… I’ve moved them to stage 2 of the process, (AKA the garage) for now until I am completely sure he’s not going to lose his mind something is missing. Obviously before I can be bothered with stage 3 of the process …. (the dump and charity shop runs). For now outta sight outta mind right?
I hope this has given you some toy storage ideas or some inspiration to get your toy rooms sorted and de-cluttered.