Toys. Who knew how many you could gather and how hard they can be to keep organized?! Some are large, some are small, some come in a million tiny pieces so it seems. I finally realized that trying to keep every single piece and item together takes a lot of time and you’ll always be organizing. There are some things you just have to learn to let go and that has been one of them for me.
Our den has a cute toy bin that I found at Ross and a plastic storage bin that we used to keep other small toys in. The toy area started to overflow and something had to change. I’d been keeping my eye open for toy organizers but hadn’t come across anything that I liked or something that wasn’t too expensive. A friend of ours mentioned they were installing an IKEA toy organizer system. While we didn’t have the space they had for it, I thought I’d take a look at what they had.
They had this affordable toy organizer that really was what I was looking for, it could fit nicely in our den without looking too toyish, if you know what I mean 😉
My sister was visiting, so we decided to take a trip to IKEA to check it out. I’m sure glad we did because I didn’t realize the bins could be interchanged versus how it was shown online. It also was smaller than I thought which was good too. The toughest part was deciding between the size of the bins because they had small, medium, and large. After brainstorming the type of toys that were in there, we decided on four small bins and 4 medium sized bins.
Once we got back, we decided to wait to assemble it until our youngest went to bed. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to even get it all done that night because if you’ve ever put together IKEA furniture, you know it takes a minimum of two hours. Too much of my surprise I was able to assemble it all by myself in an hour. My sister asked to help but there really wasn’t much she could do, it actually would’ve slowed me down. The longest part was installing the guilders, the unit itself was together in an half hour.
Before we assembled the unit, we had taken all the toys and put them in a pile in the middle of the room. Then we set up the bins and started sorting through it all. This was extremely helpful because once the unit was put together it, we were able to put in the bins right away.
I added chalk labels to help keep the bins organized and to allow the flexibility of the bin to change. Our kids our young now but I know we’ll have this organizer for awhile and they will outgrow the toys in there now. Plus, we do like to change out the toys so it’s not always the same ones in there.
Our overflowing space of toys and turned into this nicely organized corner. The larger toy items are now being stored in the “toy” bin we had used. It’s actually been easier to store the larger items in here because it was so hard to find the smaller items in there and you would have to empty out the entire bin to get what you needed. #annoying
After going through this process this is what I would’ve done beforehand.
- Measure the space- We had used a tape measure to make sure it was wide enough which it is was but if we had used paint tape and laid it out, it would’ve given us a better visual of the size of the unit and what we actually would be working it.
- Organize before you go- This would’ve been a challenge and likely will be impossible for most people that have kids because they’ll just end up playing with the toys you’ve organized. However, if we had organized before we left, we would’ve known the sizes that were for sure needed rather than playing a guessing game.
This toy organization unit has also cleared up the space and that corner doesn’t feel like clutter anymore. Here’s a list of the categories that have been used for the bins (our kids our 4 and 1 1/2):
- Building Toys
- Girl Toys
- Small Toys
- Music Toys
- Cars & Trucks
Here is a before and after of the space.
IKEA really has a plethora of toy organization options at an affordable price. The downside is configuring it all but like I said before, this was relatively easy.
Have you ever used IKEA for organization?