All Fun and Games: Smart Storage Solutions for Toys, Games, and Books
Without regard to imagination, toys, books, and games are necessary for playtime, and every family knows that. However, one of the downside of these items is that they can be a hassle to store.
A lot of families turn to the traditional containers such as large plastic bins or tub, but these things can be too bulky and more hassling to deal with if compared to the actual items. To fix this, here are some alternative and creative ideas to solve your family’s storage problems.
As being suggested by famous websites such as Pinterest, Spoonful, and others, the use of small to medium-sized cartons with plastic and metal handles that can fit on shelves are a good idea. Kids in the family can reach and take an item from it whenever they want to play and put it back in the “zoo” when it’s time to tidy up.
Usually, fabric and discount store sells beanbag chair covers or pillowcases that are large enough for you to fill it with soft dolls and stuffed animals, and use it as a beanbag chair. With this, whenever your kids want to play with their toys, they can reach in the chair and grab the toys that they want to play with.
Dolls are toys that need extra care, and opting out to storing them in plastic bins might be a bad idea for these toys might end up having tangled hair, lost accessories, or missing body parts if the dolls are being stored carelessly. Having a “doll trunk” might be the fix for this.
A “doll trunk” allows you to have more storage space, and you can do this with a recycled or repurposed wooden shipping crate. Also, a sewing box with pull-out drawers can be used to store the tiny doll accessories such as hair decorations, and shoes. With this, you and your kids will have a great time organizing dolls.
Using old board games such as Monopoly, or Candy Land, are great to be used as a wall decoration. The board games can be hung and taken off from the wall whenever deemed by your kids, which makes it a very convenient option. Not only that it acts as a decoration, but it also serves a very practical idea for storage.
Token for Your Thoughts
Kids usually lost little items such as play money, tokens, and other small toy items as they forget to put them into the box every time they are finished playing with it. Making a “token jar” can solve this problem. Just like a jar for loose change, a clear plastic jar or a container can be placed on a shelf in the playroom. Play money can be kept safe organized using a rubber band.
If your child likes to read books in a window seat, then curtain bookcases are the best for him/her. This allows you to organize their books using curtains as divides. Drapings can be placed directly in front of any bookshelf that you have. This will also teach and encourage your kids to care for their books.
Do Double Duty
As suggested by Pinterest, doubling the purpose of a nightstand is a great idea. Placing or purchasing a nightstand with several cubby holes where you can stack books vertically allows you to organize your books. In this way, your kids can have easy access to the books that they read, and it would providing them the convenience of having their books close to them.
Storing things that are accumulated through time can be a problem, given that they’re things that are hard to throw away knowing that they are of importance and value. Even if you swap out old things, new ones are added. Identifying the most suitable storage idea and strategy would be the fix for these problems.