5 stylish storage ideas for your kids toys and books

Story by Stacie Gaetz


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Now that we are spending so much more time trying to entertain our kids at home, it seems toys and books have taken over.

Even if you haven’t stocked up on new games, toys and books to keep them from saying “Mom, I’m bored” every five minutes, it may seem like their stuff is multiplying by itself.

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, their toys and books will find their way into your adult living spaces, so how can you keep your children’s stuff handy without sacrificing your home’s style?

Kim Purvis, interior decorator and owner of Aurora Décor in Airdrie, said it is important to take an inventory of the toys that will be in the room you’re decorating.

“Keep these in mind as you’re making furniture decisions,” she said.

“Opt for closed storage options instead of glass doors or open concept. The more places to tuck stuff away the better.”

Top tips for toy and books storage (without looking like you are hiding something):

  1. Down Below – Many flat items like colouring books, sticker books, puzzles and board games can be tucked under furniture to keep them out of sight.
  2. Double Duty – Tables, ottomans, chests and even some chairs can include hidden storage. Purvis reminds parents to make sure if they are using these spaces for toy storage, that kids can access them safely.
  3. Up Top – Instead of using one large bin for small items like Lego, use a number of stackable boxes that will fit in the same spot. Then, simply label them and your little builder can easily find their princess castle or Star Wars Thai Fighter.
  4. Keep it Rollin’ – A quick visit to the local hardware store can help you create bins that are mobile and can be rolled into a nearby laundry room or closet.
  5. Blending Books – Bookshelves don’t have to be an eyesore. In fact, they can be a very stylish addition to a living space. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be incorporated in a number of different ways, including laying on their sides with storage bins tucked into the shelves.

Purvis added no matter how you hide your children’s toys, it is important to arrange many of the storage items at their height so they “can take part in putting their toys and books in the proper place.”

Once you have these storage ideas in place, don’t forget to make it fun – race to pick up toys the fastest, see who the best toy sorter is or who can put the books in the right order first.

After all, living rooms are for “living” in and that includes all members of the family.