Between Santa, the grandparents, and aunts and uncles, your kids just received a landslide of toys as holiday gifts. Which is strange, because all you’ve heard from them for the last several weeks is, “We’re bored.” So, how can kids with a plethora of toys be bored? Two reasons: they can’t find the pieces to their play sets or they are overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff.”
If your kids are constantly misplacing the tiny parts of their toy sets, they may give up trying to play with them all together. That’s a double loss because you’ve wasted money on toys they won’t enjoy, and they are missing out on important imaginative play.
We’re looking beyond the traditional toy bin and offering up a few ideas for wrangling those toys- and hopefully banish the “I’m bored” chorus.
1. Trading card cases. Keeping cards organized and in order couldn’t be any easier than this Trading Card Case. Built-in compartments are ideal for stashing baseball cards, Harry Potter trading cards, etc. A much better option than an old shoe box; who knows- you might have one worth some money someday.
2. Lego storage pieces. There’s no denying Legos are a hot item and are here to stay. Why not give them their own special space with Lego storage pieces modeled to look like the real thing? (How can you not smile when you see the big mini fig heads?)
3. Matchbox car storage. Whether you call them Hot Wheels cars or Matchbox cars at your house, this handy case will hold 48 of ‘em. It’s the perfect size to keep the engines humming.
4. Doll carrying case. This case is a must-have if you’ve got a kid on-the-go. Whether it’s to Grandma’s house for the weekend or a couple of hours to pass at her big brother’s soccer game, this handy case holds up to four dolls and is easy to tote thanks to the built-in handle.
5. Vinyl bags. So now we dive into the “Don’t limit yourself to products labeled as ‘Toy Storage’” part of the list. One of our favs: Clear vinyl blanket bags. These are great for board games or other larger toys that have a box that’s seen better days. You’ll not only have all of your pieces in one place, they’ll be easy to spot in minutes.
6. Drawers. When you think of storage drawers, you may think of those big plastic units that seem to fall apart the minute they are loaded down. Instead consider smaller drawers like this 18 Drawer Storage Chest. A bonus: once the toddlers turn to teens, turn this into a jewelry organizer, or a handy storage piece in a utility room, garage, etc.
7. Battery boxes. These are the perfect size for a range of smaller items, and the interior dividers offer an extra measure of organization. The best part is the hinged top that snaps closed- the best way to banish lost lids. Be sure to check out our photo storage boxes for another option.
8. Hanging shoe bag. What better way to keep those impossibly tiny Polly Pocket pieces in one place? Easily portable, it’s designed with a hanger top for storing in a closet, on a playroom hook, etc. when not in use. This one has 12 clear, see-through pockets: Shoe Bag.
9. Canvas storage. Got fragile toys or collectibles? Head to our kitchen section and consider a China/Crystal Cup Canvas Storage Bin. These worked great for my son’s collection of small model train pieces that couldn’t be jumbled all together in a big hard plastic box.
Have a unique idea for toy storage? Let us know- pictures are even better! You just might see your idea on the pages of this blog or on our SpaceSavers Facebook page!