We all know about the pain of stepping on a rogue LEGO block, but you’re liable to break something if you happen to slip on one of your child’s toy cars.

I know I’ve done it! And my ankle will never be the same.

So I will be forever grateful to this clever mum who came up with a genius idea for storing Hot Wheels and its copycat cars.

On most days, my car-obsessed son scatters his mini-wheels all over the house. So this hack gets the cars off the floor and reduces the mess.

Kerry Whelpdale, mum of two boys, fixed two magnetic strips to the wall and then used these to stick her son’s toy car collection to the strips. Instant decluttering.

Ms Whelpdale, who is married to soccer player Chris Whelpdale, posted a tutorial on her YouTube channel, explaining: “My little boy Jamie is obsessed with cars so as you can imagine (there are lots) hanging around the house.

“So I decided to make a car yard type thing with magnets so he can stick them up on the wall.”

Image From Youtube / KERRY WHELPDALE


Cheap Solution

This is also a great budget-friendly hack as the magnetic strips only cost $11. And we think it’s actually a cool piece of interactive art.

Kerry used magnetic strips with a sticky back to easily attach these to the wall. She then snipped off small squares of the magnetic strips and attached them to the underside of the toy cars.

Kerry added: “He can see them really easily and he can pick them up and put them back on. You can’t really go wrong.”

And the very best outcome of this is that her son “loves tidying his cars away himself”.

Did we see this mum is a genius!

How do you store your kid’s toy cars? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Great idea!


  • Very clever and easy for the kids to put away!


  • What a ripper idea. So clever. I love this.


  • Brilliant!!


  • Such a great idea that way ghey can be on display when not in use and hopefully n o stepping on them


  • How wonderful that your son learnt to be tidy by this simple trick. Thanks for sharing.


  • This would have been perfect for me but my boys are adults now. Will certainly pass this on to friends though.


  • Well I’m off to buy some magnetic strips to line my stepsons room with!!!


  • Good idea… but my son would have 300+ so I don’t think we have enough wall space. I have seen some better hacks!


  • good idea but I’d spend a bloomin’ fortune buying enough magnetic strips for my little mister’s car collection


  • Great idea!


  • Cool idea. Might have to give a go for my little car loving boy.


  • What a great idea! Now I have to find a place that sell the stripes.


  • I use toy cubes. They can be picked up and taken to other peoples’ places to share with other children while we are there…or you can a storage tub with a lid.


  • Have made a couple of carriers shaped like a car by sewing.


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