I had a question about toy storage and how I do that, so, here is a post on it!
"Are most toys stored in your children's bedrooms or in a more common space like the family room or a playroom?"
In my ideal world, there would be a toy room where most toys were located. Now, for me this 'ideal' isn't high enough to trump other ideals. We have a 6 bedroom house. Each child has their own room. My husband and I have a room. I have a craft room. And we have an office/guest room. So, if we had a 7th bedroom, it would be a toy room. But we don't...
So, toys are stored bedrooms.
We also have some toys in various other locations. We have some toys in my craft room for McKenna's blanket time. We have a small tote of toys in our family room closet that we can pull out for the family room. We have some fridge toys in the kitchen.
We also have a family room closet with puzzles, games, coloring stuff, etc.
"What about toys that are shared (like a play kitchen or basic blocks)?"
If we had designed the space in this house, there would be a 7th bedroom and it would be a toy room. Brayden's room is ridiculously large. I mean, really big. His room has most of the toys we own in it.
Each girl has some toys in her room. The "baby" toys are in McKenna's room. Kaitlyn has some of her favorite toys and the most "girly" toys in her room. But everything else is in Brayden's room. He has toys in there that are "his," "Kaitlyn's," and "McKenna's"--but I prefer that everyone pretty much think of all toys as everyone's. Anyway, not the point. 85-90% of the toys we own are in Brayden's room.
This actually works out nicely. Brayden and Kaitlyn both typically have independent playtime in Brayden's room (not at the same time). It is nice to have most of the toys in one location for that purpose. It is also nice because the girls' rooms are in a separate part of the house. It is hard to explain exactly, but I can keep that part quiet and people out of it for nap times.
Brayden's room is closer to the main living space. The kids can play and play even with someone napping in the sleeping part of the house.
It is also nice because it keeps most toys in one location. That makes clean-up easier.
Speaking of toys...how do you handle toy storage in your home?
The "where" you store your toys is going to be quite unique to your house layout, number of rooms, and number of children. But storage ideas can be applied no matter where the exact location of your toys. Here are some storage solutions I love, complete with pictures of my stuff:
I think this is fairly well-known and often used. A bookcase is a great place to store books :). There are lots of styles available. This bookcase above is a traditional type. We got it at an antique shop.
This one (above) is a more contemporary look. Don't mind it--it is new and not decorated officially yet. This is from IKEA.
In most cases, we aren't big child-proofers here, but we do bolt our bookcases to the wall.
You could also use bookcases to store toys on. Kaitlyn has a bookcase in her room with dolls, her diaper bag, and her Fisher Price House.
You can also put baskets on shelves to hold things. On my IKEA bookshelf, I plan to get a couple of the boxes that fit in the cubes to put hats, gloves, and sunglasses in.
We use various baskets to hold various items.
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