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Finding ways to organize toys – a never ending battle. We’ve all been there, right moms? Been in that place where all you can see are scattered toys. Toys in the kitchen, toys in the dining room, toys in the bedroom, toys in the bathroom and everywhere! Sometimes it drives us crazy. Most of the time it complicates things. The most painful part? Stepping on one of them.  So, to help our fellow moms keep their sanity, we’ve collected some of the most awesome and clever ways to organize toys.

fun and clever ways to organize toys - photo of books and stuffed animals in hanging baskets on walls, clear plastic bins, and pull out tubs in desk drawers.

“Play is the work of childhood” ~ Jean Piaget

Clever Ways to Organize Toys

1. Organize and Save Space by Ditching the Boxes

  • Puzzles – Downsize bulky boxes and save space by placing all puzzle pieces in a zipper pouch. Be sure to label them or cut the picture of the puzzle and tape it in front of the pouch says The Navy Stripe. Another hack – use a sharpie to draw a shape on the back of each piece in a puzzle (circle, triangle, square etc.)  to quickly know which pieces belong together so you’ll be able to easily sort and store.

ways to organize toys using fabric box filled with zipper pouches to put puzzle pieces in

  • Playing Cards – I know I am not the only one frustrated with flimsy card game boxes!  Here’s a cool way to store up those playing cards from Style and Dwell. Label each set, or tape the front of the box to the container to know which is which.

ways to organize toy playing cards - a photo organizer with labels on the different clear plastic nesting boxes

  • Board Games – Turn your usable game board games into a beautiful piece of colorful wall art.   Infarrantly Creative gives full instructions on how to make this DIY storage hack turned art work to not only organize your toys but create art work at the same time. Keep playing pieces and spinners organized with a plastic hooked on the back!

 

ways to organize toy board games by framing them and hanging them on the wall with a black frame.

Related: More board game storage ideas that really work

2. Organizing Toys with Clear Containers Makes Finding What You Want a Cinch!

Totes, Bins, and shoe organizers – oh my!! These clever ways to organize toys using clear containers help keep the toy clutter at bay while letting you and your kids quickly and easily find what you want at a glance. What makes this even better?  Less dumping and hunting during play time!

clear stacking storage containers for organizing toys

  • Stacking Clear Plastic Containers- Project Nursery used clear storage containers from the container store to know what’s inside with just a quick peek. These stacking containers make it easy to group toys and supplies together to keep things tidy!
  • Clear Drawstring Bags – No Bins? Try making this clear storage bag by Make It Love It. Having the right sized container makes it convenient for kids to take down, carry around, and put away on their own – and the clear panel makes it easy to know what’s inside!
  • Clear Hanging Shoe Organizer This idea from Parents is brilliant – no more dolls piled in the doll house! Use an old hanging shoe organizer for storing those Barbie’s and action figures, it makes it quick and easy to find, sort, and replace dolls and accessories.ways to organize toys using clear storage bags with drawstring closures

organizing toys using a clear shoe organizer hanging on the back of a door with dolls and accessories

3. Lego Organization Hacks

Transform an old train table into a Lego table – tutorial from i can teach my child.  If you have a train table laying around, you can easily repurpose it into a great Lego storage and play table. Pick up a piece of wood, cut to size, so it fits snugly on the top of the table. Paint the wood a matching color and let dry, then grab some adhesive to attach the Lego base plates to the top! What is brilliant about this –  the Lego top acts as a  removeable insert, so your table can still be used as a train table if needed. Plus, the storage drawers are perfect for holding all the loose Lego pieces underneath!

Create a building center from plastic drawer units – DIY from our wee family! Create a great building center using plastic storage towers and a piece of wood from the hardwood store. The top is made from a piece of wood with base plates glued to one side. The best part? It is completely removeable so you can build on the floor or even flip it over for a great blank slate. This building center is completely versatile and has many functions. The plastic drawer units are great for storing Legos and has a place for everything. The center bin can be removed to wheel to another area or even create a space underneath for stools.

organizing toy legos using a lego table made of clear storage drawer towers with a removable piece of wood on top for building

IKEA Trofast Storage Solution –  No time to build your own? This IKEA find is perfect for sorting and storing Legos! Sturdy and strong with removable trays so kids can take what they need with them and easily return them when finished. We love this idea of sorting by color from.  I Heart Organizing.

organizing toy legos using Ikea shelves with removable drawers used to sort lego pieces by color

Related: More LEGO storage ideas that really work

4. Ways to Organize Stuffed Animal Toys

  • Hammocks–  This is a cute storage idea from Lemon Squeezy Home for those stuffed animals just lying around the corner! This easy DIY lets you quickly create a hammock that can free up floor space and keep things organized at the same time, win-win in our book!

 

organizing toy stuffed animals using a hammock hanging in the corner of a room

  • Hanging Baskets – No time to create your own hammock? We love this idea from Centsational Girl to use hanging baskets for stuffed animals and other toys. This is a great way to create off the floor storage without shelving – and you can place it at the perfect playing height for your kids to make it easy to access and clean up on their own. ways to organize stuffed animals using hanging baskets on the wall

 

  • Animal Swing – What a fun idea for those stuffed animals, you gotta love this DIY stuffed animal swing from It’s Always Autumn. Great option if you don’t have a corner of the room available for a hammock, and easy enough that the kids can help with the construction!

 

ways to organize stuffed animals using a swing

  • Clever Clotheslines – Another option we love  for organizing stuffed animals is sweet and simple from attemptingaloha. Just attach a clothesline and pin stuffed animals along the length with clothespins and voila!

way to organize stuffed animals using a vertical clothesline in the corner of a room and attaching animals with clothespins

5. Hacks for Organizing Toy Cars

  • Portable Car Caddy Organization –  for organization on the go, here’s a fun car caddy tutorial at Homemade by Jill. The spacing make it easy for little hands to stow and go!

poratble hot wheels caddy with numbered slots for storing cars

  • Car Organization for the house – Display those hot wheels and other car collections with this slanted display shelf by LumberJocks. The slanted shelving make aye catching way to organize toy cars, and the lip at the front keeps them from slipping off!

 

display shelf for toy cars

  • Magnetic Toy Car Organization –  Magnetic Knife holder for cars? Why not? This simple solution for style-files makes and easy way to organize to cars by attach them to the walls, no shelving needed!

magnetic knife holder used to store toy cars along the wall

6. Under Table Toy Organization

  • Play Table – Another way to organize toys and save space is to create storage under the play table. Visit Land of Nod and have a peek at this craft table topped with a replaceable roll of craft paper for kids to create on!

under table storage for toys with a coloring pad on top

  • Cube Coffee Tables – These DIY cube tables can work alone as end tables or together as a work table. What’s the perk? They can be separated so each child can have his/her personal storage and work space. For this creative tutorial on ways to organize toys under the table visit Lowes.

         Related post: Having pets at home is fun! If you have a cat at your home, try these DIY cat toys.

toy storage under the coffee table in cubes

7. Space Saving Ways to Organize Books

  • Wagon Transformation – Have a book worm at home? Transform your child’s wagon to this cute book storage on the go! Visit Cory Connor Designs for the transformation.

old wagon repurposed into a book holder full of books

  • Spice Racks – Keep books organized and easy to grab by using spice racks to corral them. The Sweetest Digs uses Ikea Spice racks to make this cool book shelf to keep books tidy and title visible!

spice racks mounted to walls used to display books

  • Hanging Bucket – Store books and magazines with a bucket hung from the wall like this one at Coisas da Orlas. You can easily place these in book nooks, by reading chairs, or wherever you want to cozy up and read to make clean up a breeze.

hanging bucket with books and magazines mounted on the wall next to a chair

  • Book Sling – Another cool and fun way to store up books is to put them in a DIY book sling such as this one at  Penny Carnival. The fabric bottom means less corners for little heads to knock into!

fabric sling with books

7. Ways to Organize Toys for the Yard and Garage

  • Metal Buckets – Toys always seem to find their way outside, don’t they? And let’s face it, some toys like bubbles and chalk are meant for outside use. We love this quick and easy ways to organize toys using metal buckets from  Domestic Charm

outside toy organization with metal pails on a metal shelf.

  • Bungee Ball Cage – Balls take up so much space and if they’re not put together you can see them all around the house the house and yard. A simple organization hack is to create a ball cage with bungee cords to keep them corralled in the garage like  designed to dwell did. The cords make for easy access and clean up!

ball cage made of bungee cords in the garage

8. Maximize Closet Space

You can easily organize the playroom and clean up the bedroom with this hanging closet storage at Land of Nod. This storage solution makes the most of that vertical space by breaking it up into smaller spaces without breaking the bank! Tighter spaces make for easier accessibility, less sorting, and easier clean up.

hanging storage in closet for organizing toys and clothes

 

Where to Start With Toy Organization?

Feeling lost? Just remember to begin with the end in mind.

  1. When coming up with ways to organize toys –  you want to start by identifying where your problem areas are – where do your kids spend the most time? Where are the hot spots where toys usually end up? How many toys do you want easily accessible to little hands, and which toys do you want them to have access to with your help?
  2. Then – decide if you want to downsize any toys – no sense in organizing toys you don’t have a need of! Toys that your kids have outgrown or no longer use can be donated.
  3. Next, think of what space you have available – don’t forget to look up and around! A lot of toys can be stowed in nooks and crannies without needing traditional shelving!

Then, you are ready to settle on the right ways to organize toys for your family and dive right in!

Essentials For Organizing Toys From the Dollar Store

Here is a list of budget-friendly organizing essentials to have on hand from the dollar store to make tackling your tor organization job a breeze:

  • Clear Plastic Shoe Boxes
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Photo Organizers
  • Spice Racks
  • Nesting Boxes
  • Hanging Pails
  • Drawstring bags

More ideas for Organizing Toys

 

fun and clever ways to organize toys collage - barbies hanging behind door, buckets of books, etc.