Tame Your Toys: Playroom Organization that Works

March 24, 2020

One of the toughest things to keep tidy in a house is the kids’ area. These ideas for playroom organization will help you tame the toys and make it simple for the kids to keep it that way!

One of the things I get asked about ALL the time is playroom organization. Anyone out there that lives with children is nodding their head right now, I am sure of it! Kids' junk has a way of migrating all over the house. Sometimes I swear it crawls around when we aren't looking (I always felt like Toy Story could be true). Even though my girls are a little older, we still have our fair share of toys and stuff that we have to keep organized. Since we just redid their rooms, I was in the headspace of ORGANIZE ALL THE THINGS and went to Pinterest for the best ideas idea out there. I am sharing my favorites with y'all because you have made it pretty clear that toy organization is a universally serious problem! Hopefully, these will inspire you to get creative with your kid-friendly playroom storage.

Playroom Organization Ideas

Organize Lego Kits by The Homes I Have Made. Legos can be a SERIOUS headache, especially if your kids want to keep each lego kit together. Small stackable storage boxes with labels and pictures to keep each one separate is genius! 

Printable Labels and Playroom Storage Organization by Bless'er House. Open baskets are the simplest and most effective way for kids to dump out then pick up effectively. I love these woven baskets with hangtag labels that keep everything accessible but hidden!

Dress-up Rack by Small Fry. Play clothes get out of control quickly1! Whether you have a spaceman-cowboy-super hero problem or a princess-fairy-ballerina problem, or even more likely a mix of it all, creating a spot for easy hanging is a great idea.

Dress Up Storage by At Charlotte's House. It is so easy to lose all those precious dress-up accessories when you stuff them all away. Creating a dress-up wardrobe with space for hanging, baskets, and bins for all the fancy dress “extras” is a great idea to keep it tamed!

Wooden Doll Clothes Storage by At Charlotte's House. Do your kids come to you constantly that they can't find a tiny boot or the shirt to an outfit for their American Girl? Creating a mini storage wardrobe is a great toy organization solution for all the little bits and baubles that come along with loving a doll!

DIY Lego Table by Kaleidoscope Living. Our girls have always loved legos–and we hated seeing them spread out all over the place. Years ago, we created this super easy lego table (it's an IKEA hack!). We loved that it doubled as storage and a play surface!

DIY a Dresser into a Dress Up Closet by Rambling Renovators. Another clever storage idea for dress-up clothes–repurpose an old dresser into a dress-up closet! Then you have space for hanging and built-in drawers.

Nerf Gun Wall by Thrifty Nifty Mommy. I hear lots of my friends talk about Nerf guns and how they seem to multiply. Create a nerf Gun wall easily out of pegboard. Your Nerf soldier will LOVE this and you will love that they are all organized!

Closet Organization by Crate and Kids. This smart way to repurpose hanging closet storage is perfect for a playroom closet or any closet in your house that you are storing toys in!

Lego Minifigure Storage by Apartment Therapy (Image credit: flickr user Barron Fujimoto). Kids that collect Lego Minifigures are obsessed. Parents struggle with finding a cool way to display these tiny little buddies. This would also work great for Shopkins, LOLs, or any other tiny collectibles!

Organized Playroom Closet by Life by Leanna. If you are lucky enough to have a big closet in your playroom, use it smartly by optimizing your toy storage. This system that is labeled and easy for kids to use is playroom goals for sure!

Cool Tote Storage by Play Chic Interiors. Think outside of the box, literally! These classic tote bags with embroidered labels are genius and super cute!

Wall Mounted Book Shelf by The Ragged Wren. Are your kids' bookshelves overflowing? I love this idea because it allows you to see the beautiful covers and turns your children's books into decor! Not to mention it is really easy for kids to put them back up.

DIY Toy Hammock by Bowdenisms. Stuffed animals are hard to wrangle (anyone else have a beanie boo explosion on their hands?) I love this simple hammock with basket bins below it. What an easy fix to a huge toy problem!

Bean Bag Chair Pattern with Toy Storage by Sew Can She. I have seen these advertised, but you can easily make your own! This simple DIY makes an easy place to stash stuffed animals.

Wall Baskets Toy Storage by Crazy Wonderful. Create storage that doubles as decor! I love these baskets hanging on the wall for texture and easy storage.

Wall Mounted Toy Rack by Lesley Colvin for Design Mom. I have always thought these little animals are the cutest. At one point my girls had lots of them. Use simple small open shelves and line them all up to create your own cute little zoo display!

DIY Book Bin by Helen Milan. Tired of overstuffed bookcases? This book box is GENIUS. Simple to organize, it allows little hands to flip through their books quickly and easily. Bonus– it looks super cute and is so easy to customize!

Repurpose A Shoe Holder by Chatelaine. Barbies and other small dolls can get out of control very quickly. This is the easiest fix I have ever seen–pop a shoe rack up and let you kids do all the work!

Magnetic Bar Toy Storage by Keeping Up With The Souths. This IKEA hack is another genius idea. The magnetic strips for knives are perfect for metal cars! Smart and cute is my favorite kind of organization.

Toy Box With Cubbies by Ana White. Sometimes you need to just toss it all in and you need a spot that keeps it contained and looks great. This DIY has plans for a toy cubby that is great for playroom organization.

Aren't these ideas amazing? I wish I had known a lot of these when my girls were little. Even if you don't have a playroom, keeping the toys in your house organized is important (probably even more important actually!). Once you have them organized, make sure it is easy to keep it that way for little hands. You will be so thankful when they can find their toys and clean up with minimal supervision!

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