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“Hi, I’m just wondering how other mums store their children’s toys? Bub just turned one and we have limited space. I have a couple of tubs which are great for soft toys but she just got given lots of toys with pieces (like puzzles and sorting blocks) that will go everywhere if they go in the tubs. We haven’t really got room for another bookcase so was wondering what other mums do with limited space. Thanks!” Do you have any toy storage recommendations?

Posted by Mel, 01/05/13

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  • IKEA! Best place for affordable storage solutions! And do a Pinterest search to see what you like before you head in store :) good luck!

  • The big plastic bags – sandwich style bags, but the larger sizes – work well for us. But we have slightly older kids and plastic bags aren’t that dangerous. You could also try shoeboxes, though they’re bulkier.

  • I would put them in plastic tubs with lids so that you can stack them and see what’s inside each of the tubs.

  • Storage under the bed is always a good idea. There are rollways that can go under the bed for storage and some have compartments.

  • I put them all in tubs, the ones that can slide under the bed. Doesn’t matter if there’s pieces if they all go together in one tub

  • Like the suggestions! There are some really interesting comments on this!

  • Storage has always been an issue in our home too ….. thanks for some great ideas

  • The ikea cube storage shelves are our favourites. Most day to day toys go in storage cubes down low, and things with lots of bit go on high shelves to be played with under supervision.

  • i have gotten tupperware and ziploc bags etc. The thing is you have to make sure that they go back into these things though and that can be repetitive. You have many open storage options that make it easier just to chuck things into.

  • My cousin makes drawstring bags which are really handy. They were created specifically for kid’s lego and toys, but in fact I have some that I use for storing makeup in my handbag too. The clear window in the front helps you see what is inside. https://www.madeit.com.au/Main/Store?storeId=10424&userId=69543

  • My childs room is 4m sqaured with high ceilings & we still struggle to find homes for her toys.
    We got the Storage Cube shelves to lift things off the floor a few months ago which really helped. The rest that she didn’t use went into a box into the shed for the next one.

  • We have 2 kids & live in a unit, so I understand having limited space. I use pencil cases for puzzle pieces & have sewn drawstring bags for blocks, Duplo, plastic animals, any toys with lots of parts. You can fit a lot more in a toy chest if the toys are in bags instead of boxes or tubs.

  • One oof the best ideas I’ve seen is a circular playmat with eyelets around the side threaded with cord. When the child has finished playing just pull the cord and the mat closes up into a bag that can be hung on a hook on the wall.

  • Tubs are great but I find with legos and puzzles or things it is good to put them into zip lock bags in the tubs. It still keeps things sorted and you can still see what is what.

  • Using the child size wheelie bins. But an easy way to keep the pieces and puzzles together is to use snap lock bags (with the pieces in) taped to the back of the puzzles. You can also put a few in a pillow case and knot the top.

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