Get your kids' bedrooms organised with Kelly McDonough's top storage solutions for families
Kids toys. They seem to breed overnight don’t they? From tiny dollhouse furniture to big bulky trucks, every plaything needs a home that can be easily accessed by little hands. However, the trick to great kids storage solutions is making them look fantastic too.
With all the amazing new products coming out, the hardest choice you’ll have to make is which ones you won’t be buying.
Washable Paper Bags
They might just be rated A for addictive. Honestly, these are one of the best things on the market right now. Adjust the size just by rolling the top up or down. Fold them up when you’re not using them. Customise the colour and design to suit your child’s space, or choose from the super cool designs around. Plus, no sharp edges means that they are a great option for littlies finding their balance.
Kids Clothing Racks
These are irresistible at the moment! I love them for the obvious choice of displaying the kids’ costumes. Pop a wire basket or two underneath for all the accessories. While you might think their use is limited to hanging clothes, you’ll be surprised how creative you can be with clothing racks. Use hanging storage bags for a clever option, or drape a sheet over for a makeshift tent.
Reusable Storage Bags
Fabric or woven slouchy bags are best friends with the little items. Small collectables, bits and pieces, matchbox cars – you name it, fabric bags can be your saviour. Line a few up next to each other and your storage solutions become an instantly styled shelf.
These are great for medium to large toys. Kids can easily see what is inside the basket, which may prevent the entire contents being tipped out during a search. They come in a range of sizes, shapes and colours so you can choose one that not only fits the toys, but also suits your décor.
No longer for the shed or garage - although you might be stealing more hooks from there once your child works out how fun hanging bits and pieces can be. Hang storage cups for art and craft items, pictures, artwork, jewellery and so on. Place it low for easy access for littlies, or higher for older kids, or just if you want to keep things out of reach. Hanging small wire baskets garage-storage style is a great way to keep clutter off the desktop.
A great way to make use of wall space! Opt for a traditional shelf, or discover some of the newest styles of shelving such as the Bride and Wolfe Mesh series for a real statement item. Whatever you choose, they make a great way to display your little one’s items, or to keep beautiful keepsakes safe. I’m loving the Ubabub Booksee Shelf for a shelf that can be used for years to come either by you or your child.
Great if you don’t have commitment issues. If you do, look for adhesive wall hooks as an alternative to the screw-in ones. Obviously, hooks are great for hanging bags, hats and dress ups. You could also hang a funky coat hanger from them to display jewellery or peg art pieces to them. Plus, a beautiful wall hook becomes part of the wall décor when it’s not in use.
DIY Storage Jars
Plastic jars with screw on lids are perfect for little bowerbirds! Remove the labels and sanitise any plastic food jars you have, give the lid a spray paint and you’ve found a solution to encourage your child to keep their treasures safe. These are also great for things like hair ties and clips, shell collections or craft items. Use adhesive chalkboard labels on the front with pictures of their contents to help littlies know what goes where.
Crates, boxes or baskets
Don’t forget about these. From wow items such as the Plyroom Pinketta cylindrical storage solution, to a fun and colourful Done by Deer Stacking Box, there are heaps of different styles and designs to choose from. If you’ve already got a great size storage container but want to try something different, think about adding some wheels to it so that your child can move it around easily.
Multipurpose systems are a great investment that can often suit your child’s needs for years to come. One of my favourites right now is the Oeuf Mini Library. With open shelves and the bonus of two closed compartments, your child can have fun storing all their goodies straight onto the shelves or in some funky little fabric storage bags. Don’t look past the Lilly and Lolly Ned Bookcase. Use different sized paper storage bags to keep small knick-knacks safe, line up figurine collections or Lego creations at the perfect height for little hands to access safely.
It’s a great idea to organise your child’s toys into groups (either practically or on paper!) and then see what storage systems you may already have around the house. Ultimately, your children’s storage solutions will have to suit your budget, your child’s development, your home and your décor. Oh, and if you choose wisely, there is every chance that you’ll be able to use many of the storage options listed above in other spaces around the home too.
Once you’ve determined what you need, then comes the fun part of shopping and then styling a beautiful, functional and tidy space for your child. You never know, toys might actually find their way back to their home! Fingers crossed, right?
Image Credits: Clothing Rack - @sophievine on Instagram, Jars - Torie Jane on Pinterest