Oh, to be able to organize your child's
toys and store them neatly! You are not alone. Every parent
has dealt with this dilemma at one time or another. Many
possibilities for toy storage are available, so don't despair.
Before we discuss some possibilities for
toy storage, you might consider some suggestions for controlling the toy
population in your home. By applying some simple principles, you
can reduce both your stress and needed storage.
Rotate toys by removing some of the
lesser used toys from your child's room. After a few months,
remove others, and replace the first group. That way, your child
will have "new" toys with which to play and will not be bored
with their toys.
Eliminate some toys by going through your
child's toys, and removing any that your he does not play with on a regular
basis. You could store them temporarily in the garage to see if
they are requested. If not, give them to a homeless or domestic
violence shelter for the children who are there.
Don't buy so many toys to begin
with. No child needs three dollhouses or four sets of farm
animals! Consider something besides toys for gifting occasions.
There are many types of toy storage
equipment. Choosing the right kind, can make a big
difference. You can choose from toy boxes, toy chests, boy bins,
closet organizers, toy hammocks, and toy carts. You can purchase
these, or in some cases you can build them.
boxes and toy chests come in a variety of styles, so you can easily
find a style that will fit with the decor of your child's
room. You can get everything from castles to spaceships to
sports related shapes, so it is simply a matter of choosing the one fits
your needs. Make sure it is large enough to hold toys, stuffed
animals, crafts, etc.
Be sure the toy box you choose has safety
hinges to avoid unintentional closure of the lid on little fingers,
hands, or heads. Toy boxes should never have latches, and if they
are large enough for your child to climb in, should have ventilation
holes to allow adequate ventilation should your child be inside it with
the lid closed.
Another possibility is to use toy
storage bins. Generally, these are open on the top or side for
easy access, and can be used to hold a variety of toys, games and other
kid stuff! By using a unit with a number of smaller bins, it is
possible to sort and organize similar toys to make them easier to find.
A rolling toy cart with a handle and
wheels would allow your child to take their toys to other areas and also
to take the cart to the toys for clean up.
Shelves with inexpensive plastic boxes or
lined baskets are another popular choice. Again, using the smaller
containers allows toys to be sorted which makes them easier to find
without taking all the toys out of the toy box to find the one on
bottom! These can be purchased, or you can build your own
|We found several toy storage