Essentials for Organizing Toys + Kid Stuff

Kids and toys and stuff go hand in hand.  One of the most-asked questions I receive is how to contain toys and how to keep the toys clutter-free.  Is there such a thing?  Kids love toys and they love to play with them and leave them out and make messes and forget to pick them up.  If you have a love-hate relationship with your kids’ toys, you’re going to love this post.  You might not love everything I have to say and you might choose to store toys differently but hopefully you can grab a couple ideas for storing kid stuff in a way that makes it fun for kids to play with and easy for them to pick them up after themselves too.

Just remember – everything is a stage and as much as you despise those Legos being dumped on the floor yet again, they’ll soon move on to something different and you’ll miss those Legos.

Sources are linked up at the very bottom of the post.

I just walked through the house and snapped pics of some of the organizing tricks and products I use in our home – I hope it helps you get some ideas.


Group things together – this is just a scene from a bookshelf in my middle’s bedroom.  Nothing special but he knows where to put these puzzles when he’s done with them.

My middle guy’s bed – books and a basket to keep the smaller ones in.  He keeps trinkets in the drawer but this simple set-up works for him.

Everyone has books by their bed – this is my youngest’s – just a fabric basket stuffed with books.  We’ll eventually get him a nightstand but this set-up works for now.

Oh Legos, how I love thee.  The boxes below are filled with Legos and this table stays pretty much like this all the time in my youngest’s room.  He keeps small pieces in those little boxes so he can easily grab them.  The bins are pulled out from underneath the table as he’s building and playing and then the bins go back when he’s done.  It’s not a perfect solution but it’s perfect for him.  My other two kids had completely different set-ups for Legos.  One of which was sorted by color – that doesn’t work for him at all.

Small card games and small games go in small boxes in this basket in our living room.  The coffee table right next to this end table makes for the perfect card game spot.

See those lidded bins?  That’s where we keep our family board games – in the coat closet.  Pull down a bin and play a game.  Pieces are contained where they belong and games are still accessible.

I have to keep Xbox controllers in a cute container.  This works well because it won’t scratch any wood surfaces and it looks nice for me – ha!

We keep library books in a designated basket – this helps to keep them from under beds and intermingled with other books so we keep the fines to a minimum.

Bins on top of closet shelves are great for items that kids play with but not every day.  These store American Girl Doll stuff.

Backpacks and lunchboxes go in an open basket for simple reason that this keeps them off the floor. 

I love open baskets with handles for small books, trucks, animals, and other small toys.  So easy to grab, play with, dump out, and put away.

Furniture that closes its doors and conceals toys is aways a good idea!  

Here are a couple posts about kid stuff if you’re interested….

If you want your kids to clean you might want to put together a cleaning caddy to encourage them.  Here’s what’s in ours.

Contain art and school supplies – I keep this little caddy in our kitchen and its pulled out daily for homework and drawing.  It’s super simple for the kids to pick it up and put it away.

I read the book, Simplicity Parenting about a year ago and found it to be really helpful when thinking through how many toys everyone has and how we store them.  I highly recommend it!


Mason Jar Storage Solutions

I love using mason jars for just about anything – they are the perfect little vessel for all types of storage. I use them all over the house for storing food, craft items, cleaning supplies, etc.  Every month I share a post on as an @Home contributor.  This month I’m sharing 10 mason jar storage solutions that will change how you look at that canning jar again.  My favorite storage solution is #4 – come see what it is!   You can see all my @Home posts here.



Simple Tips for Organizing Bathrooms

8 Simple Tips for Organizing Bathrooms via Clean Mama The 2014 Start Here series has been a huge hit.  Every week, viagra buy we’ve tackled a small organizing task in our homes with the hopes of organizing our lives a little better.  As the year is nearing a close, troche every week in December I am highlighting an area in the home to work on.  This is a great time to finish up any missed tasks or take a couple minutes to get a specific area tidied up a bit.  This week take some time to straighten up areas in your BATHROOMS that need a little attention.  Here are some posts from this year to give you a little inspiration and help along the way.  Grab the FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for December to get you started!  Look for a BRAND NEW design for the 2015 FREE calendar and a new series!  Subscribe so you don’t miss a single post.

  • Bathroom counters can easily become a jumbled mess of supplies, order cosmetics and odds and ends. Clear off your bathroom counters for good with these tips.
  • Clean out the clutter and disorganization under your bathroom sink with these four tips.
  • Make your bathroom drawers easy to navigate when you implement an organization system that works.
  • Clear out the clutter in your bathroom shower with some quick and easy organizing tips.
  • Bathroom toiletries have a habit of multiplying and getting out of control in a hurry. Try out these simple suggestions to bring order to your toiletries.
  • You won’t believe what a difference it makes to go through your towels and linens in order to make more room in your linen closet.

Box Tops Storage Solution

Box Tops Storage Solution - Clean Mama

Anyone else have Box Tops in a zip top bag stashed in your pantry?  That’s how we stored them and then when the bag was sort of full or at the end of the month, my grade school-er brings them in to school so her class can win prizes like a bubble party or a pajama day.  (If you aren’t familiar with Box Tops, they are on boxes and containers of specific General Mills products and schools collect them, turn them in, and raise money for their schools.)  Our school makes a big deal out of the ol’ Box Top so we kind of had to join in on this venture.

Box Top Storage - Clean Mama

When I saw this pin and had an ‘I have to get that’ moment.  I found a 3 pack of these magnetic spice containers here (not an affiliate link) and popped one on the side of the refrigerator,  put the Box Tops in from the zip top bag and that was it.   Theses are spice containers so they already have the slot in the lid making this a super easy solution.   So…where are your Box Tops?  Have you come up with a great way to store them?

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Unique Bathroom Storage Ideas

 I’ve been re-working bathroom cabinet storage this past week.  I cleared everything out of the cabinets, tossed old/expired/not-used toiletries and supplies, wiped out cabinets and drawers and then put the good stuff back.  I didn’t purchase anything new, because I wanted to see what the space looked like all cleared and cleaned out.
Now that I can see what I’m working with, I’m looking for some unique bathroom storage ideas (you can find all of the ideas on my Pinterest boards).
I thought you might want to see what I found (click on the description for the source)…..
Have you pinned any great ideas lately?

Containers Week – Jars

Jars are a great organizing and decorating tool to use – they’re attractive, inexpensive, and great for all sorts of storage.  Here are a few of my favorite uses:
How do you use jars for organizing?

Containers Week – Crocks

Anyone else out there love crocks?  I have a crock collection (Red Wing are my favorite) – and use them for a variety of purposes. Blanket storage in the family room, decoration in the living room, potato and onion storage in the pantry, utensils in the kitchen….  They come in all different shapes and sizes, have a utilitarian look and are extremely durable and functional.  Here are a few ways to use crocks in your home.  (You can click through the description to the source.)

Red Wing crock – 2 gallon

utensil holder

Where can you find vintage crocks?  Flea markets, garage sales, Etsy, Ebay, Craigslist…..and if you just want to look at them, my Pinterest page.
Am I the only one with a crock obsession collection?

Containers Week – Baskets

This week I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite ways to contain and organize in my home.   I hope this will be a week of ideas and inspiration for you – hopefully you have some of these containers and just haven’t thought to use them in these ways.
I’m kicking it off with the ever-popular basket – how do you decorate or organize with baskets?  You can click on my description/comments for the sources.
So tell us, what’s your best basket solution in your home?

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