Everyone is looking for playroom storage hacks — having small spaces to store many toys is a big problem — but it can be easily fixed! Here’s how with some easy playroom storage ideas — many perfect for small spaces!
Once upon a time I was a mom with many small children and I wanted to have things that interested them and engaged their mind, but we had a 1,100 square foot house, with about 50 square feet to hold all of our toys/playing. I needed LOTS of playroom storage and organization ideas and hacks!
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Toy Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Here’s my top 5 tips to having toys in a small space.
Quick side note about playroom storage:
When my kids were small, it was important to me that toys not be in their room. It made for a non-sleeping naptime once they could get out of their crib. I had much happier children if they had a nap, so that prevented me from putting too many toys in their room (I still used the top shelf in their closet for toys in bins).
I also have a podcast on organizing your playroom for kids under 3:
5 Playroom Ideas for your organization:
Use toy rotation to cut down toys in small spaces
The idea isn’t brain surgery, it’s just about holding back a portion of toys and rotating them out as your kids get bored with what’s out. This has a variety of benefits including:
- Fewer toys to clean up
- VERY happy days when new toys come out
- It allows you to REALLY clean/organize the toys every so often
You can use a variety of spots to put the toys you’re not using:
- Top shelf in closets
I always made sure to put them in bins that made it difficult to see what was inside. I don’t need little climbers putting their skills to use.
Yes, toy rotation can be painful — but in the end the sweet freedom/quiet of when I brought out the “new” toys, it was totally worth it!
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Use cabinet storage for toy organization in small spaces
We used a cabinet we had gotten at a local big box store. You want to try to use as much vertical space as you can.
Be sure to put smaller items up top. That way no little faces get smashed as they take out the bins.
Combine as much as you can
All the action figures go together, no need to separate super heroes and soldiers.
That allows for bins to take up less room and be fuller for kids to enjoy.
Use the corners for family room toy storage
I had bins stacked in the corner. My kids needed my help to get them out — but I also was able to control how many toys they had out at once.
Clean up those toys before you get out new toys — that is a valuable lesson to learn!
Paring down toys is important for small spaces
That’s right — the golden rule of organizing is to have less to organize. If a toy is annoying or not getting played with…
I don’t care of grandma gave it to you. Until she gives you a larger house, you only have room for the 5 star toys!
Having organized toys helps your kids learn organization skills early on, and by having less toys you can all stress less.
Toddler Playroom Organization
I swear toddlers have the BIGGEST TOYS!!!! Make sure that you only have a few (and frankly, I think my parents bought the biggest ones — so I finally had a word about how we’d still like to have beds in our house, instead of giant (loud) toys).
Toddlers are a GREAT one to use toy rotation with because they aren’t great at putting things away.
Playroom Organization on a Budget
There are easy ways to organize on a budget — ideas include:
- Using boxes from Amazon, etc to put toys in
- Finding storage items at Goodwill
- The dollar store also has a lot of good organization items!
If you liked this post — I have a whole course ALL about home organization
The Organized Home Course helps prove that families can be organized and enjoy their home and time together.
I just launched a whole section on Playroom organization. Lots more ideas like what you see in this post to make toy storage easily doable! You can see all that is included here.
In fact, I spend more time with my family because I spend less time taking care of my house. I think you’ll love it!
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