Toy Storage Solution

toy storage solution

I’ve been looking for a good toy storage solution for a while, but everything was either too expensive or looked like the sort of decor our kids would outgrow within a few years. We found these nice shoe racks at Costco for $19.99 and I knew we had a winner. The bins are the same size as those used for Sue Patrick’s Workbox System, and I bought them in sets of five for $3.50 at Walmart. I love that they are clear so my kids can see what is inside. I’m also very happy that they have lids. My children occasionally go into Destructive Mode. Having to stop and remove a lid from each bin provides a pause to wonder if the destruction is worth the trouble – and keeps them busy for that many more minutes if they decide to continue. The lids require a certain level of dexterity to remove, so they should also keep Lily out of toys with small pieces for several months. The shelf heights are adjustable and the racks are stackable, so I see a lot of use from these units for many years.


  1. Susana says

    I love the way you’ve organized these toys/learning tools.

    Those racks from Costco look awesome!!

    We use Sue’s workbox system too and really like it.

  2. says

    what a fabulous idea! I keep looking at the wooden storage system with the open colored boxes for like $40 but because they are titled, they aren’t great for repurposing later.

  3. says

    Does your play area look like that on a regular basis? I am beyond jealous! Lids alone will not stop my daughters from pulling every toy out just for fun.

  4. says

    Great job Maryanne! Looks good! I spent about $115 on “storage” stuff for the toys – I got 2 of those 9 cube shelves at Target when they were on sale for $34.99 ea and 8 of the bins at $5 ea. Crazy…but whatever. I love storage bins!


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