Friday, November 18, 2011

Stylish Toy Storage Ideas

Hi there. First, I wanted to mention the awesome throw pillow giveaway I have happening here. Go on and enter! Now, let's chat toys :)


Not too long ago I told you all about the antique market we visited (here). One of the things we picked up while there was this great antique wooden crate. We decided that it would make the perfect toy box for our living room to hold Benjamin's ever-increasing stash of play things (and to keep them from taking over our living room). 

Here is how it looks (although it has just moved so that it sits next to the window - I'll snap a picture soon):
And here is where we found it (more on that here):
In Ben's room, we also have some cute soft baskets for holding toys. The great thing about them is they are soft braided wool so nothing snags (unlike an actual basket). 
With both (the box and baskets), as Benjamin grows he will be able to easily help with clean-up and neither option is fussy or time-consuming. Plus, neither is overly "baby." We chose ivory and grey in the nursery for the longevity of those neutral colours. I don't think it makes sense to buy really baby-ish toy storage - it should grow with your little man (or little lady).

Here's a few toy box/basket options that I think are beautiful.

Grey and ivory chevron? Yes please. (Anthropologie)
Vintage boxes (actually, fruit crates in this case) on castor wheels? Brilliant. We could do this to ours one day... This creation belongs to Door Sixteen.
And this one goes against the don't buy something too baby-ish philosophy but I love it. We affectionately call Benjamin "Benjamonkey." (Land of Nod)
As Benjamonkey gets bigger, our toy storage needs will change. Here are some ideas I've made note of that I think are great.

I love the idea of taking a magnetic ikea strip (intended to hold your knives in the kitchen) and use it for cars. This idea comes from the Style Files
I also like things to be labelled. Look at my closet. Labels are not just for kids. But labels are especially great for kids, in my opinion. 
DaNita at Delightful Order uses these great labelled Pottery Barn Kids buckets to house toys. You can get them to say virtually anything. So cute!
And Jen at I Heart Organizing used picture labels in her kids' awesome playroom. This is especially great for littler ones who can't read so that they can easily find (and, theoretically, put away) their things. 
And here's some more outside-the-(toy)-box ideas for you. 
One crafty mama used trash cans affixed to the walls for stylish and functional storage.
From my pinterest here (and originally found here).

Buckets also do the trick(found here).

This book storage idea from Cory Connor Designs is one of my absolute favourites. I will totally be trying to replicate this in the future.
More book storage abound. 
This gorgeous display is from Birch & Lily.
Britt from Gus & Lula used rain gutters to create cute book display shelves. 
And when you display your books like these ideas, they become art. The ceiling here kicks it up to a whole new level for me, too. (from here, originally from House of Turquoise). 
And this is an Ikea ad and not intended to be a serious design idea, but I think it is actually very cool. Use books to create a bookshelf. Has anyone tried this for real?
And for just a little more inspiration, here's some pretty, organized play spaces. 
via (from YHL)

And here's the playroom at my parents' house (more on that here).

Got a great storage idea or kids' room to share? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

Jenny 
xo

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33 comments:

  1. Hi, and thanks for coming by my blog! It has been quite some time since I've had a need for toy storage but you have some great ideas. I love your crate, I have a few of them that I use here and there, for plant stands, storage, etc. so even if your little guy outgrows it you can still use it. I had to laugh at the bookcase made of books - what a cool idea!

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  2. Such a lot of great ideas for stylish storage!

    Thanks so much for the heads up on the great etsy shop for pillows! Going to order from them RIGHT NOW!

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  3. The crate is fabulous! Thanks so much for visiting L'Heure Bleue At Home.

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  4. Hi Jenny, I fell head over hills in love with your home in your guest post at A Little Knick Knack! I'm pleased to feature it in my Fab Friday Favorites tonight. Here's the link: http://michellelunt.blogspot.com/2011/11/fab-friday-favorites.html Feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you'd like. And please stop by & link a project/post next Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  5. Such great ideas for toy storage! Thanks so much for visiting, sure hope I'll see more of you.
    Hope your weekend is wonderful...ehading over to see your feature of Fab Friday's :)

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  6. I love your blog! This post has so many great storage ideas.
    Krista
    krista-artista.blogspot.com

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  7. How wonderful this ideas for toy storage! I will tell my daughter as sometimes there's no more space for the girls's toys! Really great and thanks for sharing. See you later. Happy Thanksgiving. FABBY

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  8. That box is just too cute; love this idea. Thanks for sharing all the storage ideas also; my favorite is the wagon with all the books. Wish I had thought of that when my boys were young.

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  9. Hi Jenny,
    Love your crate toy storage. There are so many wonderfully creative storage ideas out there. I love using any kind of container for storage. Thanks for your sweet comment about my laundry room. Now following you.

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  10. I'm always on the hunt for stylish toy storage. With 3 little girls (well, one is not due until March) there are so many toys around! Great ideas you gave us!

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  11. quick reminder about my christmas/holiday series, i still need your post! thanks!

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/11/holiday-series-update.html

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  12. Some cute ideas! Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday!!

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  13. I'm a sucker for old wood crates, and good organization/storage ideas - great post! Visiting from Boogie Board Cottage.
    -Jill

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  14. What a great find --- I absolutely love the crate!
    Blessings, Becky
    www.fromgentogen.com

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  15. How cute! Wonderful idea!Now... Where can I find one of these...

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  16. Wow, great ideas!! I love all the different storage options!! I would love for you to come share this at our link party...junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-4.html

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  17. Such great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Awesome crate! What a fun find! And those ideas are very inspiring! Thank you for sharing @ Show & Share, I am happy to have you!

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  19. I love, love, love organization. I had labeled bins, baskets, trunks, etc. for my kiddos when they were growing up. At the end of each day, they were required to put their own toys away...starting as soon as they could walk. Of course, in those early years I assisted. Now they both are on their own and very organized. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  20. Oh, I can't tell you how much I love that wagon full of books and the bookshelf made of books! I've never had my act that polished when it comes to toy and book storage.

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  21. What a great find, I love crates! My favorite has to be magnetic knife storage for hotwheel cars. My son has a ridiculous number of them.

    I'd love to invite you to share this project at my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now.

    Alida
    radcrafter.com

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  22. These are GREAT ideas! I am hosting my first ever link party this weekend and I would love it if you popped over to link up some of your cutie stuff!

    Thanks, Kim

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/get-schooled-saturday-1.html

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  23. Thank you so much for linking up your lovely project at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  24. These are awesome ideas! The toy box reminds me of when I was a kid and how my favorite toy used to be yoyos. I loved doing tricks with them!

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