12 toy organization ideas for small spaces (on a budget)
Having kids in a small home does not mean that you automatically have to be surrounded with masses of toy clutter! If you are fed up with the disarray that your child brings on at play time (or all day) then you need toy organization ideas for small spaces. Of course, I always want to give the most affordable options too, because I love to live and shop on a budget.
I get it, (really, I do), kids need toys. But having too many toys and having a messy play space is not what they need. Have you ever noticed that your child will play with 1 toy for hours if there are no other distractions around? Yeah, this is why I love to declutter and to have some toy organization, especially since we have downsized our home.
Downsizing our home has been great for many reasons, but it has been a challenge to figure out how to make everything work. We have decluttered and gotten rid of so much stuff, but we also had to find ways to organize things. We also needed everything to be on a budget.
Toy storage is even more important in small spaces
I will admit, when we lived in our old home, we had way too many toys in Little Misters room. Nap times were a disaster because it typically meant a long clean up process afterwards. Now that we are in our townhouse, we realized that he needed less toys in general, but better organization.
When kids are trying to use their imagination, having so many toys out and around them is a play killer really. This is precisely why kids need not only less toys, but they need toy organization. Are you still struggling with getting rid of children’s toys? Check out this post first, before you organize!
With toy organization, your little one will be able to play with one “thing” or theme of toys at a time and their imaginations can flourish! So no matter if you need toy organization in living rooms, in the playroom, or in the child’s room, I have plenty of ideas for you!
Stylish toy organization in living room
I don’t know about you, but in my living room, I don’t really want bright primary colors and stacks of toys. Toy storage in living rooms should blend in with your current feel so that you still feel comfortable in your home. There are so many good products out there for living room toy storage furniture and bins/baskets, but not all of them are cheap enough for me to recommend. So here are my favorites and what we use in our own home.
Living room toy storage furniture
Furniture pieces that double as functional and easily accessible storage spaces are the best toy organization ideas for small spaces! Most of them don’t hold a lot, but after decluttering the toys, you shouldn’t need too much free space.
How to hide toys with bins and baskets
Shelving with fabric bins or baskets are by far my favorite living room toy storage furniture. They are easily accessible and you can make them as big or small as you need to. This is what we use in our own living room as it blends in, yet is kid friendly enough for Little Mister.
Toy storage on a budget tip— check out your local Big Lots, Tuesday Morning or discount store. I have found so many bins and baskets there for half the cost of Target and still the same exact quality!
Cheap toy storage in playrooms
Playrooms can be difficult to manage so if you have one, be sure that you do a good and thorough decluttering session using these rules for decluttering toys first, before organizing! You don’t want to organize stuff that your kids don’t use.
The good thing about toy storage in playrooms is that you can really personalize it to be a bit more fun or to the taste of your kids. To have a cohesive feel, you will still need to get matching bins and toy storage furniture.
Organizing toys in see through bins
I am a fan of organizing toys by category in plastic bins. Storing toys this way helps your kiddo see what is inside and grab the right bin (instead of digging through all of the bins…you know they would). Don’t forget to label the outside of the bin for even more organization and ease for clean up and play.
Book shelves and fun toy storage furniture
Books are one thing that I have a hard time getting rid of so as a result, we have many books and book shelves! The great thing about simplifying is that there are no rules, just whatever works for you. If you also are a book lover, using book shelves for toys and books works perfectly.
*Upcycling a piece of furniture is an even better way of organizing toys on a budget.
And some fun toy storage furniture ideas too for the more kid friendly playroom.
Toy storage ideas for a child’s room
A child’s room is a great place for them to play, but not such a great place to store toys. As I learned the hard way, when a kid can play behind a closed door, they tend to make big messes! Definitely go through this next part if you are struggling deciding what to keep in your child’s room.
Easy tips to help decide which toys to store in the child’s room
For kids older than 6, you may feel comfortable leaving toys in the room that are smaller especially if they are prized toys that they don’t need to share with siblings. Make sure that they are still safe for their age and that the toys are not easily breakable. Books should be available for all ages!
If your kiddo is younger than about 6, you will probably need to have less toys in their room. Give them lots of books and 1 or 2 of their absolute favorite toys. Do be careful to not give them toys that will make a huge mess. Personally, we have decided that Legos are just too small for the bedroom.
If your child is a toddler or younger, be sure that you only allow soft toys and toys without small pieces to stay in the room. So stuffed animals, books, and maybe even chunky puzzles or shape sorter type toys. Still only have a few toys in their room especially if they are mobile or not in a crib.
Easy storage ideas for small rooms
You may notice a trend, but I love clear containers or baskets for easy toy storage especially for small rooms. Small bins and baskets can fit under beds or on a book shelf with little problem and you can train your children to put toys away after playing with them.
For super young kids, having less toys and less storage containers will be best for easy clean up. As your kids get older, label bins for each category of toy for easy toy storage, but also for ease of playing.
Having a bookshelf in the room is a great idea for both book storage and for the baskets or bins of toys. Kids like to display creations too so it works perfectly! For an extra space saving tip, put the bookshelf in the closet. That way, the room looks more neat and tidy too!
I hope you found loads of tips for toy organization ideas for small spaces and tips for staying on a budget! There are so many options for toy organization in living rooms, toy storage in playrooms, and ideas for your child’s room that you can figure out how to make storage work in your space. Just remember, your home is your haven. Your child can have an organized play space that works for you and allows your child’s imagination to flourish!