Storage Ideas For Your Child's Toys
Adequate storage space for toys makes the job of toy clean-up much easier
for both you and your child. Here are some ideas to try:
Hang It Up
- Laundry bags can make excellent hide outs. Snaps or velcro fasteners
are safer choices than cords. Attach hooks or pegs to the wall and
hang the bag. Make sure it's within your child's reach.
- Use your imagination -- a hammock can be suspended from two walls
and be used to hold stuffed animals.
- A shoe or garment bag that hangs over the back of the door has lots
of pockets or shelves that will hold all kinds of toys.
- Ice cream buckets with lids can hold several small toys together and
be hung on pegs.
Put It on a Shelf
Pack It Up
- Buy some shelves that slip over the back of the door. They can hold
- Book shelves or storage shelves can be very helpful. Make sure shelves
are sturdy and won't tip over. Label the toys and the shelves so that
your child knows what toys go on what shelves, (the blue toys on blue
shelf, or all cars on the car shelf).
- A plastic dish drainer is the perfect item for the storage of books
- Use milk crates, stackable vegetable bins, plastic storage boxes or
cardboard boxes to keep toys together.
- Oatmeal "boxes", ice cream containers, and large plastic
containers are ideal for small items. Zip top plastic bags keep puzzle
pieces together, but keep plastic bags away from infants and toddlers.
- Use a suitcase to pack away toys. Slide it under the bed for storage.
- A large plastic garbage can with a lid works great for large items
as an outdoor or indoor toy box. Keep in mind small items can get lost
or broken in the bottom.
Move It Around
- Use a laundry basket to store toys. It's easy to carry from room to
- Store toys in a rolling cart. The cart can then be rolled into another
Prepared by Nancy Gartner, Extension
Educator, Family Life.
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