Toy Storage

Toy storage is not given enough time. It is the cornerstone of our play, the way we run our household and the kids pre-school education.

Yes I know that sounds dramatic but it isn’t. Without good toy storage, I would be lost. Rotating toys would be hard, finding parts and pieces would be hard and being aware of what we actually have would be almost impossible.

Before you start rotating, before you start on your play journey please please please think about storage, both in the play space and separate from it!

So what have I learned, what realisations have I had about storage?

Storage Space (Off-limits to the kids!)

Let’s start with the toy storage space, space where I keep all the toys, not on rotation.

Toy storage for toys not on rotation

We have a 4 x 4 cube shelf with pull out fabric drawers in it. Each drawer is a specific category

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Sensory
  • Tools
  • People and Animals
  • Road & Train tracks
  • Loose parts
  • Vehicles
  • Music
  • Containers
  • Blocks
  • Puzzles

Within each drawer, I have a combination of plastic containers, clip lock bags and calico bags full of goodies.

These storage boxes from Bunnings are great for keeping all my mini-figures organised.

I also use these to categorize small vehicles and loose parts. The lid locks and each space is really big so I can fit everything in.

In the effort to minimise waste I have replaced most of my clip lock bags with fabric bags. The downside is I can’t see through them so need to check the label to know what is inside but a big upside is that they don’t fall apart!

The calico bags I have are actually prospecting bags, they were just way cheaper and seem exactly the same! I have a couple of different sizes to cater for different objects!

Sometimes a clip lock bag is just necessary though, like for dry sensory bases!

With each drawer organised in this manner, I am able to quickly and easily find what I am looking for our browse our resources looking for inspiration.

This cube shelf is also great because it provides space on top to store our larger items!

But where do I put it? That is a question that has 100s of different answers. It all comes down to space you have available and what you are willing to give up for it.

I know of people converting their walk-in wardrobe to toy storage, their linen closet, the cupboard under their stairs, the back wall of their garage, their laundry, the list honestly goes on!

For us this cube shelf is in our guest bedroom, tucked in the corner.

So tell me, how do you store your toys?

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