Out with the old and in with the new—a known phrase with strong applicability to the toys your children hold dear.
With the holidays just around the corner, it will soon be time to make room for a few new favorites. As you prepare for the invasion of holiday gifts, it is important to implement a storage plan for your existing toy collection.
Below, we share a few tips to store away today’s toys to keep for future fun.
1. Put Away in Containers and Canisters
One way to organize and store old toys is with containers and canisters. Utilize those you have around the house, or purchase new ones to fit your specific set of toys. This will keep items secured and organized until you are ready to use them again.
Example containers include:
- Canvas baskets
- Coffee canisters
- Laundry baskets
- Lidded bins
- Shoe boxes
2. Select Designated Areas for Old Toys
Designate a specific area in your home for old toys to remain over the years. If you do not have a basement or attic to keep these items safely hidden away, utilize other spaces throughout your house, such as:
- Underneath beds
- Excess shelving space in your garage
Quick Storage Tip: Look for ways to keep toys out of sight, even if it means getting a little creative! Consider this: Hang a spring-loaded rod with a curtain in front of your boxes and bins. This will allow you to easily access your old toys whenever you need them, but hidden for only you to see until you are ready to make them reappear.
3. Label and Color Code Stored Items
Remain organized and eliminate confusion when it’s time to pull out your old toys again. Label or color code storage containers in a system you will always recognize.
For example, select specific colored bins to hold specific toy types, such as:
- Dolls (pink bin)
- LEGOS (green bin)
- Matchbox Cars (red bin)
- Puzzles (purple)
Consider a Self-Storage Solution
Sometimes the best answer may be to completely move old toys out of your home until you are ready to use them again. This may be the only way to assure your toys are safe, organized and hidden away.
Consider self-storage as an alternate solution to storing in your home.
Do you have creative toy storage tips of your own? Share with us in the comment section below.
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