If you’ve stepped on a rogue LEGO in the middle of the night on your way to the bathroom, you already know how important toy storage (that works!) is. Feel like you’ve tried everything—short of forbidding toys in your house F-O-R-E-V-E-R? Don’t worry. We’ve found what just might be the ultimate solution to your biggest toy storage dilemmas. Your tender toes can thank us later.


photo: Boon

Problem: Stuffies multiplying at an uncontrollable pace.

Solution: It’s been the default gift from relatives since your kid was a newborn. Now, all of those stuffed animals are gathering dust. A kiss here or a hug there is about as much playtime that these plushies get. But isn’t it funny how our littles know exactly when one is missing? To make everyone happy, try this stuffed animal storage bag by Boon. Instead of just taking up space, you can store tons of stuffed animals in this soft bag, which doubles as a comfy seat.

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-30-19-amphoto: Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

Problem: There are a bajillion toy cars strewn everywhere. Traffic jam!

Solution: Clearing the toy car traffic jam is a cinch with this brilliant solution from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. The parking garage, which doubles as a carrier and storage case is made from a wooden crate, cardboard, and poster size tube mailers. And, that’s it! Find out how to make your own here, then watch your little ones fill’r up and get to vroom-vrooming.

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-12-01-03-pmphoto: Lay-n-Go

Problem: Too many LEGO, not enough time to sort them all.

Solution: If we’re being honest with ourselves, we know that even the best laid out LEGO organization system is no match to a kid in a rush to clean up. It’s rare to find the mini blocks color-coded or grouped by type. Everything—eventually—winds up mixed all together. Lay-n-Go acts as activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one, and comes in three sizes— a lite 18-inch, a larger 44-inch and a large 5-foot size. Bonus: You can wash it and it comes with a shoulder strap for easy transport.

3b6770606f8e0cef4de3b56ab89062836dd1fc26photo: Apartment Therapy  

Problem: Action figures become nomads with no distinct home base.

Solution: Your mini will, once again, be able to locate Captain America or Barbie and her friends courtesy of this storage idea from Apartment Therapy. An Ikea peg board is outfitted with small hook strips. After the board is secured to the wall, kids can easily hang their favorites for independent retrieval anytime the force awakens.

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-1-01-10-pmphoto: Money Saving Sisters 

Problem: Flimsy cardboard puzzle boxes lead to lost and mismatched pieces.

Solution: We’re not sure why, but this hanging closet organizer, while great in theory, rarely gets used for it’s intended purpose. If that’s the case at your house, take a cue from the Money Saving Sisters and repurpose the space taker as a puzzle organizer–they’re in the box, they’re off the floor, and they’re easy to sort through. Bonus: You can also use the closet organizer to tame those boardgames.

box-crafts-5photo: How Stuff Works

Problem: Crayons are found all over, in various nooks and crannies.

Solution: Your coloring cutie may be a Picasso in the making, but all is for nought when a specific crayon color has gone missing. Help keep kiddo organizaed with this adorable DIY crayon caddy, explained by How Stuff Works. Simply cover a tissue or sandwich bag box with dot stickers and drop the crayon collection inside. The box is the perfect size for small hands and the perfect solution for frustrated parents.

underthetabletrainset_greatlittletradingco_playroomsolutions_playroom101_national_redtricycle photo: Great Little Trading Company

Problem: Between the wooden trains, track and train table, there’s just no room to actually play in the playroom.

Solution: Whether your kidlet is Team Thomas or Team Chuggington, this under-the-bed storage option from the Great Little Trading Company will hide all those wooden tracks, trains and scene-stealing accessories without needing its own zip code to do so. Plus, your tiny conductor can slide it out to set up her latest train town creation just as easily as she can slip it back into place when clean up time begins. It’s a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t winning solution to the storage wars.

6a00e55104c123883401310f9985bc970cphoto: Penny Carnival

Problem: Favorite bedtime reads are hard to find stuffed into a bookshelf.

Solution: Tots love books, and they love to pick out their own books during story time. Bookshelves can be too tall (and dangerous if you have a climber on your hands), so your best bet is to keep your little one’s literature at eye level. This easy to make book swing makes book selecting a walk in the park. For how-to instructions, visit the Penny Carnival blog.

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-3-49-09-pmphoto: Karen Mom of Three’s Craft Blog

Problem: The baby dolls have more clothes than you do.

Solution: Keeping kiddo’s doll clothes fresh and wrinkle free doesn’t work when they’re stuffed in the bottom of the toy bin (or in a plastic baggie). Store and display the cute threads by fitting a bamboo stick or wooden dowel through the side of a plastic laundry basket. Ta-da!

Do you have a favorite storage solution that’s worked well in your playroom? Share it in the Comments.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady