Searching for simple ideas for toy storage? Look no further! See how I streamlined our daughter’s room with affordable storage pieces in one day.
Well y’all, its week five of the One Room Challenge and I’m two weeks behind. (You can find week one here and week two here.) Oy. Micah was out of town the last two weeks, and while I had the best of intentions to work on Ava’s room and update the blog, real life got the best of me. I’m talking survival mode. So, I decided to give myself a heaping amount of grace and not worry about the things I couldn’t get done. However, I’m back with a huge update that has made all of the difference in Ava’s room and improved this mama’s sanity tenfold.
I’m talking toy storage.
Storage that is actually functional and easy on the wallet, while also being easy on the eyes.
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Since we don’t have a designated playroom, the majority of the girls’ toys are stored in their rooms. At our rental, we purchased two cube storage units and white bins from Walmart to put in Ava’s closet for their toys. That system worked so well, we decided to carry it over to this house. However, there were a few areas that were lacking in Ava’s room.
The main problems were Barbie storage, a place for her million stuffed animals, and easily accessible dress up clothing storage.
I learned quickly, that if the Barbies had to go in her closet or under her bed, Ava wouldn’t put them up. In my head both of those spots seemed like reasonable homes for all three thousand (kidding) Barbies, but Ava disagreed.
So I ended up dumping them all into a basket that previously housed stuff animals and, y’all a miracle happened.
Now the Barbies and clothes and accessories and all.the.things get put right back into the basket when she’s done playing. A miracle, I tell ya! Apparently having them out where she can still see them made all the difference.
The stuffed animals got a fancy new house in the form of this mesh cubby that hangs in her closet. There’s room for all of her stuffed friends and even her baby’s blankets and other random dolls.
Ava’s princess dresses were previously hanging in her closet, but she couldn’t reach them without help. This left me running up and down the stairs twenty times a day just to switch her Elsa dress for Merida.
Now, thanks to a $10 hook from Hobby Lobby, she can get them down and put them up herself, giving her some independence and mama’s legs a break.
A few more basic white storage bins house out of season clothes, shoes, and random things while keeping the top of her closet looking streamlined.
Command hooks stuck to the back of her door hold purses and such. The rest of her toys are housed in the storage cube itself, divvied up by type of toy.
The rest of her accessories are being stored in the drawers beside her bed. Once again, she can get them out and put them up herself, taking me out of the equation!
Its been a week since I implemented these storage changes and I’m happy to report that things are staying neat and tidy. Ava is so happy that she can actually find all of her toys easily and change princess dresses ten times an hour. Be sure to check back next week for the final reveal of her pink, girly room!
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