It’s the week after Christmas, and all through the house… your kids’ stuff is piling up and driving you absolutely nuts. All those cool new toys and presents under the tree are now posing a GIANT logistical problem: you simply have no. more. room. (What, Santa didn’t bring you a bigger house, Mom and Dad? We wish.)
Sure, you can make a “one toy in, one toy out” rule, and use this opportunity to teach your kids to Marie Kondo their clutter away. But what sparks joy in your five-year-old (Lego! Shopkins! A million stuffies collecting dust!) doesn’t always work with the realities of living in a home with limited space.
You’re just going to have to get crafty about storage. Here are seven ideas for better toy organization in the New Year.
Don’t let toy trains and tracks take over your living room
Instead, maximize your under-bed storage. The IKEA SKUBB storage case ($13) is an easy way to keep Lego, trains tracks and racetracks completely organized and out of sight under the couch or neatly stored under your child’s bed. This space saver comes in a variety of colours, you can get six divider insert boxes for $10, and it’s super light, making it easy for your child to pull out and put away all on his own. (Bonus: no more swearing under your breath every time you step on a train or piece of track that was left out.)