How do you store your child's toys? Please include a link to a photo if you have one.
I try to teach them that everything has a home. I made these cute buckets to help them identify where things go and to make clean up more fun.
I think shelves with backs work the best. Shelves can be labeled with words and/or pictures so that the child knows where to put things back. I've found the baskets just become a dump all and pieces get lost.
WE HAVE A DOUBLE DUTY TOY BOX IN THE LIVING ROOM. THE COFFEE TABLE IS A TOY BOX THAT WAS MADE BY MY GRANDFATHER FOR MY UNCLE. IT WAS PASSED ON TO ME AND NOW SERVES AS A GREAT PLACE TO STASH TOYS IN THE LIVING ROOM. THE SIMPLE BOX HAS A FLAT TOP AND IS MADE OUT OF WOOD. IT HAS BEEN LEFT THE NATURAL WOOD COLOR AND LOOKS BEAUTIFUL IN THE LIVING ROOM.
Having been a preschool teacher and following a Highscope philosophy I feel having labeled bins is beneficial.
Allowing children to see toys organized with similar toys allows them to utilize the toys in appropriate ways.
Showing children where toys belong promote independence for the children to care for their own toys.
Having clean, organized areas encourages children to want to utilize the space and are therefor more creative.
Rotating toys is something I do at Christmas and on birthdays. I put away toys just opened, but hardly looked at away in our storage closet and brought back out when the kids seem bored. I also do this close to Christmas. I ask the kids now 8-7-5 to put toys they want to keep but don't play with in bins and I exchange them as their interests change.
All of the kids bins are labeled, as are their drawers. The kids know early on that my expectation is that they are responsible for taking care of their own toys. Because the boys share a room they have a bin that is for their own special toys that they do not want to share.
One of our main problems was kits with multiple pieces, so last year after Christmas I grabbed a bunch of decorative boxes on clearance and cleaned out a few shelves of our hallway closet for designated craft storage. It works great and looks great too!
We store toys in bins on shelves in a walk in closet dedicated to just toys. We call it the toy closet. It is easy to get in and out to access the toys and it can hold a lot. With 6 kids in the house, we have a lot of toys.
I absolutely LOVE the Lay and Go bags. I have one for legos and one for Lincoln Logs. These bags make playtime and clean up SUPER EASY!!!! And they are so convenient to travel with.
We store our children's toys in totes and rotate the toys so that there is a variety throughout the year. We also like to put more toys away during the school year than the summer. Sets are easier to use and keep track during the summer or Christmas break.
I use a rack of colorful bins to store not only toys, but clothes! My daughter chooses her outfits for the school week and carefully puts one outfit in each of the bins, in order of the days. It keeps things neat and saves a bunch of time on busy mornings.
This has been a biggie in our home. My sons' Legos were everywhere and it was so hard to find that "just right piece." So, we set to organizing and this is what we came up with. See Link
We do our best to try to keep things organized by type and also visible. It is a blend of the High/Scope method for preschool and Montessori. Accessible and logical makes sense!
We have a few clear bins on wheels that work really well for storage. I love them because they are the perfect size for my boys to help clean up. Plus, they're mobile, so my 20-month-old twins love pushing them around the room. A toy bin that doubles as a toy...what more can you ask for than that?
The link provided shows one of these bins that we use as our "instrument" bucket.
My type A personality can't get enough of my boys' labeled toy bins. http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/2012/02/03/labels-help-your-child-read/
We made a DIY Stuffed Animal Storage to keep our three girls' stuffed animals under control! http://www.teachingstars.com/2012/02/03/storing-all-those-stuffed-animals/
I stored my daughter's stuffed toys in tall nylon clothes hampers when she was younger. Now she has a new bed and has huge deep drawers underneath that she uses.
I store my kids toys in cute decorative bins.
We keep her room clean by storing toys in fun & colorful fabric bins! They're only $4.99 at Ikea, and you can customize them on your own!
We are lucky enough to have a playroom for my son's toys. I have a couple of shelving units to help keep the toys organized and put away. I have photographs as labels to remind my son where each toy gets put away. It really helps!
My favorite, and most effective solution, is large drawers built into my daughters' closets. the drawers are almost 3 feet deep and the perfect depth for tossing in stuffed animals and whatever else is littering the floor.
I try to buy storage containers that are bright and are good looking enough to stay out in the open so that the kids can find it easy to get toys out and put them away afterwards!! Our favorites are the lego shaped boxes - perfect for all kinds of small pieces!!
Kids toys need to be easily accessible; kids should be able to get there toys out when they want them and conversely be responsible for putting them away. I also buy/create storage pieces that I like to look at and that are purposeful additions to the decor of the room. I try to work a kids storage piece into every public room in our home so that we have a place to stash toys out of sight when necessary.
I use large baskets in general areas like the living room and kitchen to make clean-up a breeze, but in our playroom they are organized in clear plastic bins with labels. Puzzles are stored in a wire puzzle rack to keep pieces in place, and books in a large shallow basket so it's easy to see the covers. We also "weed" and clean them out every other month to get rid of outgrown, broken, or unused toys.
Less is more! Top tips to keep a bedroom tidy.
Baskets for each day: http://mummydeals.org/simplify-toy-clean-up-simplified/
In clear labeled plastic containers from The Container Stores.