Products That Help Control the Kid Clutter

I am always trying to refine and minimize the clutter around our home. While we live in a nice, average – sized home, there is never enough storage. And with two kids, the toys seem to multiply quickly! I have actively been on the hunt for some great products that help control the kid clutter. As it’s a typical New Year’s resolution to organize and clean house, I know I am not alone in this. Today, I want to share some great strategies and products I have found and use to control the kid clutter.

Hidden Storage

There is one main thing that keeps our house from looking like it is overrun with kid clutter. That is having a proper place to store it all. This will look different for each house, obviously, so it is important to shop around and find what works.

We use our finished basement as a playroom, so there are lots of toys down there. But there are certainly many toys in our main living spaces as well! It is important to me to find storage options for our living and family rooms that fit into the style of the room. While the giant plastic toy boxes are quite functional, they don’t exactly match our existing furniture.

One of my favorite pieces of furniture is an upholstered storage ottoman. There are tons of options out there to match nearly any budget or style! We are able to store a ton of toys in it, and it fits in well with our existing furniture. This is similar to mine:

ottoman storage ottoman

Another option is cube storage. Nearly every major chain store carries their own version of these (Ikea, Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc). The Kallax is popular in my house!

kallax

I also love this one because it looks a bit more like real furniture.

tomnas

Stuffed Animal Storage

Stuffed animals multiply in the middle of the night, correct? That’s the only explanation I have as to why we seem to get more every day. And I can assure you I do not buy them myself! Here are a few of my favorite stuffed animal storage ideas.

Wall planters attached low to the floor – love this!

hanging planters

This giant bean bag is filled with stuffed animals – genius.

bean bag

Over the door shoe storage doubles for smaller stuffed animals.

shoe storage

 

Small Items

Why do toys and kits come with, like, 4,200 pieces? If you are looking to organize the clutter of many little pieces, check these options out.

Small, stylish boxes look great on any bookshelf.

shoe boxes

Open storage can be useful in certain situations, especially when children are very young.

open storage

This carousel hanging storage organizer would work great in a bedroom or playroom closet!

organizer

The Trofast storage organization system from Ikea is quite popular to manage small toys.

trofast

Here’s hoping you can find something to manage all that kid clutter!

 

 

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Tom and Lauren Tate met each other in college and fell in love (there may or may not have been alcohol involved). Years later, they got married, had a baby and now live happily in Southeastern PA with their little boy. Lauren manages the home, while Tom manages projects at a software company. While their interests range from cooking and working out (her) and playing guitar and video games (him), together they manage to maintain a blog, Little Old Home (www.littleoldhome.com).

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