With the passing of yet another Christmas, comes the obvious accumulation of yet more toys. Luckily, I did have the foresight a few days before Christmas to do a “toy cull”, where Addi had to select toys to give to children that weren’t getting any for Christmas. As well as donating these to charity. I also pre-emptively went to Ikea and bought new storage system.
With a new playroom being something of a novelty to both Addi and her baby sister Berkley, I am still trying to find the best storage solution for all the toys. We have some stairs leading to the ballpit that are hinged and these house all her barbies and teddys, but sadly our toy collection doesn’t stop there.
The Expedit shelving system is one of my favourites. Cheap, easy to assemble and holds a lot of stuff. I think in my lifetime I have bought then sold maybe 10 of these? I love them to bits…
So off to Ikea (3 trips later), I had the shelving unit and some 10+ little boxes to go in the little pigeon holes. The little boxes are fabulous and a steal, starting at just $6.95. For kids things you can’t go wrong. However, I couldn’t let my organisational OCD end there. I wanted the playroom to be accessible to all kids, but even more so, easy for ALL KIDS to clean. So, I got busy making picture tags to affix to the fabric boxes.
I made a tag template on my Mac and then ferreted on the Internet to cut and paste images of the toys for each box. I also typed the names of what goes in the boxes for mine (and hopefully hubby’s benefit). With the trusty laminating machine, I sealed the tags so hopefully they last a little longer.
The beauty of this system is the boxes can be placed on the floor individually, and as the toys grow, the tags can change. If they have the picture tags affixed to the front, kids of most ages can see the images of what goes in them and when it comes time to clean up, they can all pitch in! Ideally, I will eventually get myself a tagging gun (you know the ones that do the little plastic tags that go on garments in the shops), but for now I have used some cute, colourful bulldog clips I got from Officeworks.
If you are hoping to achieve something similar, you can get my PDF template for free here - downloadabletags - and go OTT with a little organisation at your place too!