Looking for a way to keep toys organized? Professional Organizer Karen Sprinkle from Organize It: Data, Time and Space says cube storage is ideal.
If you are on a budget, Karen recommends these wire cubes, which are sold at Target. A four-cube set sells for $39, but she says she occasionally finds them on sale for less. If you have a bigger budget, you can also use mylar or wooden cube-shelving to create your system.
Once you have cubes, she recommends adding to the cube system a series of uniform storage bins that can be labeled. You want to store like items together in bins small bins that are easy to manage.
Karen mentioned that STAPLES sells a Martha Stewart line of chalkboard labels ($3.99 for a 4-pack) that would look fantastic on these buckets. I agree! These labels are cute and I now want to buy them and put them on something!
Maybe some galvanized buckets! I found this bucket, which looks like the one in the photo, for $20 at The Home Depot but I have no idea if that’s the size that would fit in a cube (you’ll want to double check that if you are creating this system). Additionally, Target and Walmart sell inexpensive plastic and canvas bins that would also work.
Some of our toys are bigger, so I got those big storage tubs with lids. Not only are they unattractive, but when they are overflowing, the kids don’t even get the toys out. Or they go in looking for something specific, empty the bin out onto the floor and leave it. This, of course, fuels my theory that my kids do these things to see if they can make mom do the crazy scream. You know, the crazy scream that stuns them into silence and temporary good behavior. Okay, I will stop now.
In summary, Karen Sprinkle from Organize It, Data, Time and Space rocks. I wish I could swim around in her brain collecting knowledge that will help me live in a cleaner house. But until I get around to implementing some of her strategies, I will continue to tread lightly when I walk barefoot in my kids’ rooms at night to avoid that one thing that can make even the toughest mom howl like a coyote and fall to the ground like a dead tree…the almighty Lego!