Hide the Mess with Style: 9 Creative DIY Toy Storage Solutions

Banish toy clutter for good with these clever ideas

Under-Couch Drawers

Under-Couch Drawers

The Golden Sycamore

At the end of the day, just toss toys into The Golden Sycamore’s genius storage drawers that slide under the couch—and then collapse on top of it. Get the instructions at The Golden Sycamore.

Curtain-Covered Bookcases

Curtain-Covered Bookcases

Pumberrypie.blogspot.com

Bookcases are crucial for storing toys and games, but visual clutter on the shelves can detract from an otherwise organized space. Steal Plumberry Pie’s brilliant solution: Hang decorative shower curtains on a tension rod to cover the mess. Get the instructions at Plumberry Pie.

Animal-Topped Mason Jars

Animal-Topped Mason Jars

ABubblyLife.com

Kids will actually want to pick up crayons, action figures and whatever else they can put inside these cute storage jars, topped with spray-painted plastic animals, from A Bubbly Life. Get the instructions at A Bubbly Life.

Flower Planter Wall Storage

Flower Planter Wall Storage

LollyJane.com

Thanks to a simple coat of pink paint, Lolly Jane turned metal flower planters into cute wall-hung storage bins for dollies and books. Get the instructions at Lolly Jane.

Rolling Crates

Rolling Crates

TheDiyDreamer.com

Two everyday wooden crates become fun and functional toy storage bins in this project from Ingrid of Now at Home Mom. Framed chalkboard-painted rectangles are perfect for labeling, while casters make transporting toys from room to room a piece of cake. Get Ingrid’s instructions in her guest post at The DIY Dreamer.

Bath Toy Bins

Bath Toy Bins

blueistyle.blogspot.com

Don’t wait for wet bath toys to dry before you put them away: Drill drain holes into plastic bins and hang them on a rail just above the tub. Bonus: the plastic baskets can easily be swapped out for adult-friendly shower supplies when overnight guests arrive. Get the instructions at Blue i Style.

Hanging Hoop Bags

Hanging Hoop Bags

Always-a-project.com

Combine embroidery hoops and scraps of fabric to make these cute sacks from Always a Project. S-hooks looped through the hoops’ hardware make it easy to hang the bags on a rail system so little hands can drop toys inside. Get the instructions at Always a Project.

Corner Bench With Storage Cubbies

Corner Bench With Storage Cubbies

IHeartOrganizing.blogspot.com

A corner bench doubles as storage cubbies for bins of train tracks and building blocks in this project from I Heart Organizing.

Action Figure Storage

Action Figure Storage

OrganizeYourStuffNow.com

Repurpose an over-the-door shoe organizer a la Organize and Decorate Everything for easy-access storage to a superhero figure collection. Get the instructions at Organize and Decorate Everything.

Ellen Sturm Niz is an editor and writer living, parenting, and working in New York City. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+.

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