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richlyblest
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 Posted January 19th, 2011 11:01 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
What do you all use for toy storage? I am hoping to find a large toy chest or something. We have a very small one, and stuff just doesn't fit very well, and I have 1/2 the toys packed away! I do not have the option of having a separate room for toys, since our house is pretty small.

Where would one find a nice (I'm thinking wooden) toy chest that holds a nice amount of toys? I would like if I could find something reasonably cheap Sure, I could go to the nearest Amish woodworking place and custom order exactly what I want, but at this point, we can't really afford that.

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 Posted January 19th, 2011 11:13 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I don't know if this is really something you want to do, but I'm a big fan of plastic tubs (smaller size), and/or those plastic storage totes w/ drawers. Then I divide the toys, and categorize them, so that a whole toybox doesn't get emptied to find that little truck in the bottom!
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 Posted January 19th, 2011 01:37 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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I don't know if this is really something you want to do, but I'm a big fan of plastic tubs (smaller size), and/or those plastic storage totes w/ drawers. Then I divide the toys, and categorize them, so that a whole toybox doesn't get emptied to find that little truck in the bottom!


Same here! Plus they stack well on top of each other. I put little legos in one, cars in another, wooden blocks in another, etc. My boys got their "moods" for what to play with and it kept everything from being scattered all over the place. Once a year or so I go through the toys, throwing away broken ones, getting rid of ones they never play with or have "outgrown", and do any "re-sorting" that needs to be done.

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 Posted January 19th, 2011 01:56 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My only pet peeve of the storage things with drawers is that it seems whenever we have company every drawer gets pulled out and dumped! Then guess who has to go thru everything and organize and sort! I am almost ready to just get rid of all the little knick knack stuff because I am so tired of having to pick it all up and sorting it all.
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 Posted January 19th, 2011 03:11 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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I am almost ready to just get rid of all the little knick knack stuff because I am so tired of having to pick it all up and sorting it all.


I've done that. My children have never missed a single thing that I got rid of. And it was a great stress reliever for me!

Also, sometimes before company comes I will put away some of my toys. It's less mess to deal with when people are here and less mess to put away later!!

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 Posted January 19th, 2011 03:16 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
At this point our toys are in a large white laundry basket... It is not the most decorative way to store toys, but it works for now. It's what I used when I babysat before Taigen, and loved it because I could easily put them away over the wknd when the children weren't here. Now that they are out all the time it would be nice to have something a little more permanent. ...it's one of those things that hasn't bugged me bad enough yet i guess, and it get's shoved to the back burner.
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richlyblest
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 Posted January 19th, 2011 04:16 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I'm not really into the plastic storage things. I already have some, and don't care for the looks of them. See, we have such a small house that there is nowhere to put them besides the livingroom, and I don't love seeing a bunch of totes laying around. I would like something that looks more like furniture, that I can put everything in and close the lid, and have things look reasonably neat Maybe I have denial issues or something!

The plastic totes with drawers gives me an idea though- has anyone used a wooden toy chest that has drawers? Would that help keep things more organized while still blending in with the furniture?

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 Posted January 19th, 2011 04:35 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Use a small chest of drawers. It was at one time used for my daughter's clothes but then we transferred everything over to a dresser. Now I use it for puzzles, children's games, doll clothes, etc. I like it because yes, it does keep things organized and it looks nice.
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 Posted January 19th, 2011 04:57 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I bought an old fashioned trunk at a garage sale that I use for big toys. The tiny stuff I *organize* in under the bed totes that I store under the kids bunk beds.
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 Posted January 22nd, 2011 02:31 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
^^^^ Christy I have one of those for our "dress up clothes". My older childrens toys are in the basement but for the younger ones I just have a wooden basket in the corner in the Living Room.
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 Posted January 25th, 2011 04:31 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I've been toying () with the idea of getting storage ottomans from Target for toy storage. Placing 3 or 4 square ones together would make a nice bench.

For now we have toys in clear plastic storage tubs, in wire cubes, also found at Target. I like being able to sort some of the toys into tubs, (Lincoln logs, balls, trains and tracks, etc.) and wouldn't put all of them into the ottomans.

I do like the suggestion of re-purposing furniture as toy storage! I'll have to think some more about what I want to do.
   
lotz2njoy
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 Posted January 26th, 2011 08:25 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I have been eyeing those storage ottomans too. If someone uses them let me know how you like them.
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 Posted February 23rd, 2013 03:53 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I try to keep our toys to a minimum. We have a big-ish woven basket for toys in the living room, plus a wooden crate under the end table for doll stuff, plus a 3-tier shelf in their room for books, blocks, etc. Coloring stuff is in our living room armoire. And that's pretty much it! I do like that small dresser idea. Not sure if it would be an improvement over our current system, though.
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