Getting toys under control is a never ending battle, because they get out of control quickly – especially in the bedroom!
However, I’ve come up with a few mom hacks throughout the years to master bedroom toy storage.
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#1 Less is Best for Bedroom Toy Storage
Of course this is the most obvious suggestion, but in reality it’s often overlooked.
The less toys we have, the less bedroom toy storage ideas we need to find.
Take a look at each toy in your kids’ bedroom and ask yourself three questions before deciding if the toy should stay.
Should it be donated?
I frequently look through our toys and decide which ones I can donate. I know the difference between a toy my little ones will enjoy for a couple of days from the quality toys they will enjoy for years.
Trinkets, the occasional happy meal toy, prizes won at carnivals – these usually get the boot after a couple of weeks.
And guess what? My kids never know the difference.
Donate or sell what you can. Try to do this on a regular basis. This will help reduce toy clutter in the bedroom and throughout your home.
Can it be stored elsewhere?
Can larger toys that are played with infrequently be stored in the garage or basement?
Can you store certain toys in a play area or in hidden storage elsewhere?
Can it be placed in a toy rotation system?
I use a toy rotation system for my kids and it has been a game changer.
Half of my kid’s toys are packed away in our basement and I switch them out with their current toys every so often.
Since implementing this, I’ve found that my kids enjoy having less toys around. They play better. They’re more creative.
When I bring out the toys that have been packed away, they get so excited to see the toys they’ve forgotten all about.
So this way, you only need to worry about bedroom toy storage for half of the toys (or less if you store toys in other rooms as well).
It’s a win-win for everyone!
Bedroom Toy Storage Ideas
Now that we have that task out of the way, it’s time to talk about actual bedroom toy storage.
Over the years I’ve found several toy storage hacks for both small spaces and kid bedrooms.
I’ve found a way to keep the bedroom a place for sleep and relaxation, while keeping the toys stored away.
#2 Under the Bed Storage
Let’s be honest, the space under a kids bed is usually either a completely wasted space or it is a disaster of random toys thrown about.
So why not put this space to good use?
Try using this space by storing toys under the bed. This is a great option for small spaces, because storage space is usually limited.
You can use long, shallow storage containers like pictured above. I’ve also seen people use bins and baskets with handles, so they are easy to pull out. I have even seen creative ideas like using a repurposed dresser drawer or a roll out trundle frame.
The main goal when storing toys under a bed is to keep like toys sorted and stored together, so everything is easily accessed with a place for everything.
#3 Use Vertical Space
Using vertical space is one of my favorite toy organization ideas for the bedroom (and really any room in the house)!
When considering using vertical space for bedroom toy storage, think tall bookcases or open shelving, baskets or bins attached to walls, and using the back of closet and bedroom doors to store toys.
You can get so much use out of the huge space behind the back of a door by using a fabric over-the-door organizer.
#4 Storage Ottoman
I think a storage ottoman is the best type of toy box, because it also doubles as seating.
You can find smaller storage ottomans in bright, fun colors to store in a child’s bedroom.
I love the idea of using a longer storage ottoman, like pictured above, that can double as a bench for a reading nook in the bedroom.
#5 Storage Bean Bag
Moms everywhere know that stuffed animals are the worst type of toys to store and organize.
They just absolutely take over.
The thing is, my kids have a ton of stuffed animals that I don’t have the heart to donate – even though they never play with 90% of them.
I found the best mom hack for these little guys, however. This storage bean bag is ah-mazing.
The picture above is a before and after of my daughter’s personal stuffed animal collection. This bean bag stores an insane amount of stuffed animals and doubles as seating. I highly recommend it!
#6 Utilize Closet Space
Do you have any extra space in the bedroom closet? If so, it’s the perfect place to organize and store toys in the bedroom.
You can use a hanging closet organizer to store puzzles and games, as pictured above.
Consider using the back of the closet door for storage, making use out of the extra vertical space. If you have empty shelving, you can add bins or baskets to store and sort like toys.
If you have space on the floor, you can also add storage drawers for smaller toys.
There are so many opportunities for bedroom toy storage in a closet.
#7 Rolling Cart
I love using rolling carts for organization, like this one from The Container Store.
It’s a great idea for a bedroom, because it can hold a lot of smaller toy or arts and crafts. And I love that it can simply be rolled and tucked away when not in use.
We use ours for an art cart, but I’ve seen people use them to store small figurines and toys of that nature.
We use this rolling cart in our home and I love that it comes in various colors.
How do you organize your kids toys in the bedroom? Share you bedroom toy storage ideas with us in the comments!