With today’s unique toys in all of their various shapes and sizes comes the need for creative methods for storage of these joy-bringing items.

There is no longer any need for constant nagging to clean up the toys, because with just a little creativity and for a small cost you can provide the solutions for your little one to store his or her toys easily and safely.  Consider the following DIY creative methods for storing children’s toys.

Hoist a Bag of Toys

You may not have realized it, but a laundry or hamper bag can be an excellent method for storing your child’s toys at home or an effective childcare toy storage article. By choosing one that has a snap or Velcro fastener rather than a cord, you can keep your toddler safe while you keep his toys organized and off the floor. Make sure and attach hooks or pegs to a wall and hang your toy storage bag. You will probably want to make sure that your toddler can reach the bag so hang it well within her reach. A laundry bag is also a viable option for animal toy storage and dog toy storage.

Try this tutorial for a toy bag from Make It Perfect!

DIY Toy Bag


A Storage Solution You May Not Have Considered – Under The Bed!

Remember to make use of the space underneath your child’s bed. Make sure your under-the-bed storage container has wheels so that your child can withdraw it easily and roll it back underneath the bed just as soon as she is finished. Typically, two large bins or baskets will fit underneath a twin bed or standard crib. Another advantage to using rolling baskets is that when they are rolled out from beneath the bed, your child’s toys can be easily seen. In other words, your son or daughter does not have to hunt through a toy chest to find the right toy. That makes for easy and neat toy storage.

We love these chalkboard toy storage bins for under the bed from R&R Workshop! Great tutorial. and inexpensive!

Chalkboard toy storage bins


Family Handyman has complete instructions for building this under bed storage box with just one sheet of plywood!

Under bed storage box


Here is a great dollar store idea from Southern Lovely, and here are the instructions for DIY storage bins.

Under bed storage bins


Storing Toys for the Tub

It is important that you find appropriate storage for bath toys. Bath toys can easily become laden with bacteria because of their frequent exposure to water. Storage bins, made specifically for bathtub toys, usually offer an effective way for your bath toys to dry out between washings.

Haberdashery Fun has a complete step by step tutorial for how to sew these cute DIY toy bath bags!



Make It & Love It shows you how to make this mesh bath toy bag, and it’s really easy! This is perfect for getting those drippy bath toys to dry all the way out.



A Good, Solid Child’s Toy Box

The classic toy chest or toy box has been a highly effective method for storing everything from stuffed animals to figurines and games for many years. It provides a one-stop storage solution so that you and your child can locate any toy within a matter of seconds. Your child’s toy box can add a very creative design element to her room while making finding a toy as easy as possible.

Make a simple, modern toy box with this tutorial from That’s My Letter!

toy box with lid

Article by Adam O’Connor.

Image Credits: Southern Lovely, Make It Perfect, R&R Workshop, Family Handyman, Haberdashery Fun, Make It Love It, Thats My Letter

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    1. Kathy Woodard February 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Marni! Thanks for such a great project!

  1. Molly February 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for all the ideas, and the links!

  2. Aliche February 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Greats projects! Thanks

  3. storageselhurst January 30, 2015 at 7:02 am

    The toy storage ideas are lovely! I will make a suggestion to my little ones to see which idea they like the most so I can make a toy storage for them!

  4. Maria April 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Very useful the Toy bath bag. I will do it one for my children. Thank you.


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