If your kids are anything like mine, they have a crazy amount of toys and if you are anything like me, you are drowning in them. In our last place, I couldn’t control the toys and my little girl’s room was always a crazy mess. When we moved here, I swore that I wouldn’t let my life be overrun by toys anymore.
My solution to the problem was 24 plastic containers and a high shelf. I bought containers based on how many of each particular toy we had and the size of the toys. I bought nine large plastic boxes and 15 plastic show box containers. I bought big boxes for things like Barbies and Mr. Potato Heads and smaller boxes for thinks like her doctor kit, toy cars and Polly Pockets. It really depends on the size of the toy, for instance she has a ton of Polly Pockets, but they are so little they can fit in a small box. We have far fewer Mr. Potato Heads, but they are much larger so they need a bigger box.
We do have some toys down in a toy organizer on the ground that she can reach by herself. These are the toys with large pieces that she can easily keep separate and clean up by herself include her building blocks and doll house pieces. Her kitchen is located just outside of the closet and we use it to store her dishes and such.
I have drawn arrows to everything in the closet. Toys with large pieces that are easy for her to pick up by herself are in the toy organizer on the ground. The pink hamper in the middle is for dirty clothes. The gray bins on the side have her dress-ups in them. Small toys or toys with lots of small pieces are up top on the shelf.
Yenta Mary says
Oh, my word, *I* need this for MY closet!!!
Heidi Totten says
I'm going to get to work on this right away!
what a great system! it makes so much sense. Thanks for sharing
Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
So many boxes–that's awesome!