As any parent knows, the trauma of stepping on a stray piece of Lego is up there with not having any wine in the fridge at 5pm on a Friday. The answer, of course, is not to toss out every piece of Lego your kid owns, but to figure out a better way to store their stuff. And that’s where we come in. (Apologies, but you’re on your own with the wine.)
1. Lego basket. For a storage solution that’s as pretty as it is practical, store your kids’ Lego in a transparent plastic vase (preferably one that’s wide, rather than tall). Kids can easily pop the Lego back in when they’re done playing. We like .
2. Under the bed. An often under-utilised space that can store myriad odds and ends, pick a tub or trundle that slides in and out easily to avoid strain. This low-lying option is best for holding heavier items that pose a risk – both to furniture and your back – when stored up high.
3. A pegboard. Don’t confine this style-meets-utility storage hack to the shed – pegboards are perfect or holding stationery, toiletries and baskets and other small accessories in kids’ rooms. They also make a great art display board.
4. Puzzle pouches. Puzzle pieces are notorious for getting lost, so pop each puzzle into a zippered pouch that you can then pack away. Pencil cases work really well here.
5. Open shelving. Maximise wall space with mounted shelving. A great way to display treasured books and photographs, palettes and are a thrifty DIY option – just remember to keep them low enough for little people to reach their favourite read.
6. Over-the-door organisation. Shoe organisers (like ) that hang over the door are great for stashing away craft accessories, soft toys and more, while hook racks can keep bags, hats and other miscellaneous items.
7. Rethink everyday objects. As with all storage solutions, the key in kids’ bedrooms is to get stuff off the floor. Hanging planters (like ) can hold stuffed toys and a wall-mounted can be used to hang dress-ups.
8. Reimagine the dress-up box. Repeat after us: toy boxes are not storage solutions. Actually, they’re kind of storage nightmares. Usually toy boxes are deep, so it’s hard to organise within them, and generally everything gets dumped in… and is rarely played with. So rethink the dress-up box, or toy box, with old suitcases. Easily opened and not too deep, they’re much better solutions. For safety, remove any locks, just in case you have curious little ones who like the idea of climbing inside…
9. A few more pointers… When it comes to kids’ storage, we’re all for more. So skip the “kid-size” wardrobes and shelves, and just buy adult furniture for them. They’ll grow into it, and you’ll have more storage space. Also, as much as possible, try to invest in double-duty furniture that acts as storage, too. Beds with drawers underneath, desks with drawers and stools with storage compartments are all excellent choices.