25+ Cool Toy Storage Ideas for Your Kids

Yes, it is possible to have kids and a clean house — and these genius storage solutions are proof. Give your existing walls and furniture an update to help them work harder and keep clutter at bay. Plus get more designer-approved ideas for kids rooms!

Get Some Wicker Baskets

David Tsay

Not only are wicker baskets practical, but they also aren’t total eyesores in a room. Use them to corral toys, books, or even clothing accessories.

Utilize Built-Ins

Tessa Neustadt

Built-in shelves = a storage lifesaver. In a small room, they can be used as book shelves, or a place to hold tiny toys.

Don’t Ignore The Bottom Bunk

Veneer Designs

If you have leftover bunkbeds after your kids graduate from sharing a room, but the unused bottom bunk to work. Use it to keep toys out of the center of the room.

DIY A Book Bin

This Little Street

Not only is this book bin functional, but it’s super chic. It’s also easy to DIY, so we promise you can handle it.

Go Industrial

Beneath My Heart

Industrial style pipes will win you all the cool mom points. Bonus? If he grows out of it, you’ll totally want to use them one day.

Have Fun With Color

Tessa Neustadt

Choose a fun color for storage baskets and it’ll look more like decor and less like a place to stow away toys. This room matches the baskets to the sea foam green chairs.

Cubbies Are Your Best Friend

Young House Love

This accent piece with individual storage cubbies makes separating toys, books, and stuffed animals super easy. To make sure it doesn’t look cluttered, add in some baskets instead of stuffing the cubes with toys.

Combine Storage With Play

Hello Baby Brown

The best way to get kids to pick up their toys: Make your storage part of their play area. Here, roomy standing baskets (painted a stylish copper) functions as a display for the pretend food used in the adorable play kitchen.

Designate A Stuffed Animal Bin

David Tsay

In order to make sure stuffed animals aren’t strewn around the room at random, get a large bin to contain them all in. That way, your kiddo won’t feel bad having to stuff his other favorites away in the closet or a drawer.

Use Whimsical Bins

Lark & Linen

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t actually want this cat bin in our rooms.

Search For Not-Boring Shelving

Veneer Designs

A plain set of shelves is just that—plain. Look for fun pieces that’ll add a little bit of interest to storage, like this asymmetrical shelving unit.

Spice Shelves To The Rescue

The Sweetest Digs

Who knew spice shelves could be so handy? This one is super easy—and cheap—to DIY yourself.

Add A Hutch

Young House Love

Choose a dresser with a hutch. That way, you can store clothes in the drawers, and toys up top.

Get Your Paint On

Project Nursery

Get creative with a basic dresser. This DIY ombré dresser gives the white room an extra pop of color, and looks stylish enough to grow with your little girl.

Ladder Up

Just A Girl And Her Blog

Rest a ladder against the wall and use it as an alternative bookshelf/storage unit. It adds character, and each shelf can be designated for something different.

Put It In The Closet

TwoTwentyOne

Take advantage of the extra closet room while your kids are young enough not to care about clothes and put a small bookcase in the closet. You can use it to keep their toys out of sight.

Use Crates

I Heart Organizing

Attaching crates the wall is a way to store books and add farmhouse charm all in one. Joanna Gaines would totally approve.

Try Clear Boxes

Sunny Side Up

Here, teeny toys are categorized into clear shoe boxes. Though you can see each type of toy in a glance, labels also help make things even easier to find.

Label Every Drawer

Project Nursery

Help your child get dressed in the morning by labeling drawers or baskets. Since everything has its own specific spot, you’ll never run late because you couldn’t find the striped socks your daughter needed to wear.

Try Floating Frames

Daffodil Designs

Take advantage of awkward wall space by turning it into a mini-library. Install short picture ledges that keep bedtime reads within reach.

Make Under-Bed Drawers

Jenna Burger Design

Everyone knows under the bed is a great storage spot, but often the space becomes a disorganized mess full of storage bins and dust bunnies. Make your own storage carts with wheels to solve this dilemma. Now, items are organized and easily accessible.

Display Dress-Up Clothes On A Rack

Little Green Notebook

Instead of stowing away dress-up costumes in plastic storage bins or trunks, put them on display. Create a DIY garment rack to make playtime a little more special.

Repurpose Bookshelves

I Heart Organizing

Create smart seating and storage in your kids’ playroom by turning two Expedit bookcases from IKEA on their sides and adding a foam cushion and an eye-catching fabric. Green baskets placed inside each shelf help sort and hold toys.

Add A Pegboard

Paper Dolls Design

Pegboards aren’t just for hardware or craft storage. Hang one up in your child’s room and use caddies to store diapers, toiletries or socks and other accessories.

Rethink The Closet

Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Every kid loves little hiding spots to play in. Transform a lackluster closet into a space that’s part reading nook, part storage space.

Create A Play Table

Centstational Girl

If you’re replacing your old coffee table with a newer one, don’t throw the old one away: Transform it into a play table for your kids. This budget-friendly IKEA piece was turned into an organized spot for kids legos.

Attach Crates

Love Chic Living

Recycle old wooden crates or boxes and hang them on your child’s bedroom walls to hold toys, books, and other accessories. You can give them new life by painting or wallpapering them.

Creative Ways to Organize Things with S-Hooks

By using s-hooks to hang items that would otherwise be in a drawer, box or shelf (or on the floor… cough cough*), drawer space is freed up, the items are given a bit more breathing room, and they’re even more accessible. We have found that hanging items that are used frequently or don’t store well in drawers or shelves is the best bet for creating a functional space.

Entryway Rack

Adding these simple hooks to a rustic branch for entryway storage is such a clever idea! This is a perfect example of how versatile these hooks are because they can be mixed and matched with a huge variety of rails. Every home is a bit happier with some hooks by the front door for holding those current hats, coats and bags.

Garage Gadgets

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Design Sponge

By storing small gadgets and tools at eye-level, it makes accessing these items during a project so much more convenient! We can imagine this being a perfect organization trick for someone who’s always toiling away at their projects.

Craft & Office Supplies

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eHow

Whether you’re an avid crafter or you’re looking to maximize your office storage space, this solution is for you! Installing one small rod above a desk or bookshelf is a fantastic idea for keeping items off the desk surface so there’s more room to spread out your project!

Spare Closet Items

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I’m a big believer that every closet needs at least a few s-hooks to hang those extra purses and umbrellas. HGTV shows us that a coat closet is the perfect location to add a few hooks for these items. Grabbing a tote and umbrella on the way out the door seems so much easier when they’re right at eye-level!

Pots & Pans

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Using s-hooks to hang posts and pans overhead is a kitchen organizing classic, but we “oohed and aaahed” at this super clever alternative of using a ladder instead! Pots and pans are very difficult to store in kitchen cabinets because of their awkward size and weight. Add s-hooks to a sturdy rod, above-head pot-rack or even a ladder to get those pots and pans where you want them!

Necklace & Bracelets

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Kitchn

Since s-hooks come in such a variety of sizes, using a small variety for delicate necklaces and bracelets is another option! If you’re not the crafty type, simply install a thin rod on a free closet wall and add small s-hooks to create adjustable necklace and bracelet storage.

Gardening Supplies

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Using rods and s-hooks in a shed, side of the house, or wall of the garage is a super efficient storage solution for garden supplies. Even a bulky, heavy hose can withstand the s-hook test!

Hats

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The Cavender Diary

Storing hats so that they don’t get smushed is super important! Hanging them rather than stacking them is the best bet for preserving your beautiful brimmed hats for as long as possible!

Mugs & Tea Cups

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They All Hate Us

How adorable is this coffee station idea? Here s-hooks look so chic as a pretty decor item in the kitchen. This storage solution can help with any type of mug or tea cup.

Belts

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Like a Saturday

Belts can certainly be a pesky item to store in drawers or baskets because some stiff materials are a total pain to roll up! That’s why hanging belts on s-hooks in the closet is a genius solution. Add a few belts to each hook, and you’ve got a belt storage space that’s adjustable and affordable to pull together.

Cooking Utensils

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Pinterest

Since counter space in this kitchen is limited, this cook decided to get the spatulas, spices, & cooking tools up on the wall. We especially love how accessible all those cooking tools will be while whipping up a meal.

Bath Towels

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A Living Space

This trick is less about storage and more about getting those towels nice and dry! Throw a few s-hooks on your shower rod to hang wet towels after a shower. You can also use these hooks to hang loofas, shower caps or other shower accessories.

Cleaning Supplies

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Improvised Life

Hanging cleaning supplies and tools in an extra closet is a fantastic way to keep these items off of the floor. Since their function is to clean the house, it’s best to keep these items clean also!! Throw some sturdy s-hooks in the utility closet, and you’ve suddenly have customizable supply storage.

Pants

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Family Handyman

Well this is a first! Hanging jeans by the belt-loop is definitely a new concept to me, but we like the way it looks! While we prefer folding jeans in half over a traditional hanger, we really like the idea of using these hooks for delicate camisoles and tank-tops.

Super Creative Linen Closets Organization

If clutter is your middle name, a linen closet might seem like your nemesis, but we’ve got you. It’s never to late to clean up your closet (and keep it that way) — you just might need a little nudge in the organized direction.

We’ve rounded up some inspo to help get you started. Spoiler: Start with some labels, bins, and a giant trash bag. Get ready to purge.

Make use of baskets and bins

Jennifer Holmes of Dear Lillie

Use bins with handles to easily transport toiletries from the closet to the bathroom. Baskets also make it easy to move bulky, heavy linens in the front of the closet out of the way, allowing you to retrieve items toward the back.

Minimal Linen Closet

​​JULIE BLANNER

If you can pair down your closet this much, you’re a rockstar. The less clutter there is, the more sane you’ll be.

Chic Linen Closet

LIZ MARIE

This simple linen closet corrals sheets, towels, makeup, and bathroom supplies in wicker baskets. Then, it swaps a basic hamper for a vintage French laundry basket. Très chic, non?

White & Blue Linen Closet

SIMPLY ORGANIZED

So fresh, so clean. Keep extra toilet paper rolls in a giant wire basket to keep them from rolling all over the place.

Plastic Containers

KELLYNAN

Folded towels and wash cloths are a given, but we’re obsessed with this trick for hair supplies. Use plastic containers to hold all your hair ties, then store your brushes and hot tools in a basket next to them.

Wicker + Wire Linen Closet

WAITING ON MARTHA

Using the same kind of basket throughout can be boring (and confusing). Keep it more visually interesting and differentiate your baskets contents by choosing two different types of storage bins.

Neutral Linen Closet

DEAR LILLIE

When you’ve got a lot of stuff stacked on your shelves, color can make it look even more chaotic and cluttered. Stick to neutrals to keep things clean and streamlined.

Unique Linen Closet

FINDING HOME FARMS

Skip the generic bins and organize your linen closet in a more personal way. Vintage baskets, antique boxes, or even old trunks can hold your extras and be totally functional.

Storage Bins

HONEY WE’RE HOME

If the thought of displaying folded towels and sheets gives you serious anxiety, hide everything with baskets. Label them according to what’s inside, and everything will stay organized far longer.

Tall Linen Closet

THE CREATIVITY EXCHANGE

If you’re lucky enough to have the height, use it. Stack lesser used linens (cold-weather quilts or extra sheets) on the top racks, and keep more everyday items like towels and extra bath products down low.

Narrow Linen Closet

THE HONEY COMB HOME

Less space = more need for organization. Use one shelf for everything: toilet paper, hair supplies, towels, nail polish, and extra products.