Yes, it is possible to have kids and a clean house — and these genius storage solutions are proof. Give your existing walls and furniture an update to help them work harder and keep clutter at bay. Plus get more designer-approved ideas for kids rooms!
- 1 Get Some Wicker Baskets
- 2 Utilize Built-Ins
- 3 Don’t Ignore The Bottom Bunk
- 4 DIY A Book Bin
- 5 Go Industrial
- 6 Have Fun With Color
- 7 Cubbies Are Your Best Friend
- 8 Combine Storage With Play
- 9 Designate A Stuffed Animal Bin
- 10 Use Whimsical Bins
- 11 Search For Not-Boring Shelving
- 12 Spice Shelves To The Rescue
- 13 Add A Hutch
- 14 Get Your Paint On
- 15 Ladder Up
- 16 Put It In The Closet
- 17 Use Crates
- 18 Try Clear Boxes
- 19 Label Every Drawer
- 20 Try Floating Frames
- 21 Make Under-Bed Drawers
- 22 Display Dress-Up Clothes On A Rack
- 23 Repurpose Bookshelves
- 24 Add A Pegboard
- 25 Rethink The Closet
- 26 Create A Play Table
- 27 Attach Crates
Get Some Wicker Baskets
Not only are wicker baskets practical, but they also aren’t total eyesores in a room. Use them to corral toys, books, or even clothing accessories.
Built-in shelves = a storage lifesaver. In a small room, they can be used as book shelves, or a place to hold tiny toys.
Don’t Ignore The Bottom Bunk
If you have leftover bunkbeds after your kids graduate from sharing a room, but the unused bottom bunk to work. Use it to keep toys out of the center of the room.
DIY A Book Bin
Not only is this book bin functional, but it’s super chic. It’s also easy to DIY, so we promise you can handle it.
Industrial style pipes will win you all the cool mom points. Bonus? If he grows out of it, you’ll totally want to use them one day.
Have Fun With Color
Choose a fun color for storage baskets and it’ll look more like decor and less like a place to stow away toys. This room matches the baskets to the sea foam green chairs.
Cubbies Are Your Best Friend
This accent piece with individual storage cubbies makes separating toys, books, and stuffed animals super easy. To make sure it doesn’t look cluttered, add in some baskets instead of stuffing the cubes with toys.
Combine Storage With Play
The best way to get kids to pick up their toys: Make your storage part of their play area. Here, roomy standing baskets (painted a stylish copper) functions as a display for the pretend food used in the adorable play kitchen.
Designate A Stuffed Animal Bin
In order to make sure stuffed animals aren’t strewn around the room at random, get a large bin to contain them all in. That way, your kiddo won’t feel bad having to stuff his other favorites away in the closet or a drawer.
Use Whimsical Bins
We’d be lying if we said we didn’t actually want this cat bin in our rooms.
Search For Not-Boring Shelving
A plain set of shelves is just that—plain. Look for fun pieces that’ll add a little bit of interest to storage, like this asymmetrical shelving unit.
Spice Shelves To The Rescue
Who knew spice shelves could be so handy? This one is super easy—and cheap—to DIY yourself.
Add A Hutch
Choose a dresser with a hutch. That way, you can store clothes in the drawers, and toys up top.
Get Your Paint On
Get creative with a basic dresser. This DIY ombré dresser gives the white room an extra pop of color, and looks stylish enough to grow with your little girl.
Rest a ladder against the wall and use it as an alternative bookshelf/storage unit. It adds character, and each shelf can be designated for something different.
Put It In The Closet
Take advantage of the extra closet room while your kids are young enough not to care about clothes and put a small bookcase in the closet. You can use it to keep their toys out of sight.
Attaching crates the wall is a way to store books and add farmhouse charm all in one. Joanna Gaines would totally approve.
Try Clear Boxes
Here, teeny toys are categorized into clear shoe boxes. Though you can see each type of toy in a glance, labels also help make things even easier to find.
Label Every Drawer
Help your child get dressed in the morning by labeling drawers or baskets. Since everything has its own specific spot, you’ll never run late because you couldn’t find the striped socks your daughter needed to wear.
Try Floating Frames
Take advantage of awkward wall space by turning it into a mini-library. Install short picture ledges that keep bedtime reads within reach.
Make Under-Bed Drawers
Everyone knows under the bed is a great storage spot, but often the space becomes a disorganized mess full of storage bins and dust bunnies. Make your own storage carts with wheels to solve this dilemma. Now, items are organized and easily accessible.
Display Dress-Up Clothes On A Rack
Instead of stowing away dress-up costumes in plastic storage bins or trunks, put them on display. Create a DIY garment rack to make playtime a little more special.
Create smart seating and storage in your kids’ playroom by turning two Expedit bookcases from IKEA on their sides and adding a foam cushion and an eye-catching fabric. Green baskets placed inside each shelf help sort and hold toys.
Add A Pegboard
Pegboards aren’t just for hardware or craft storage. Hang one up in your child’s room and use caddies to store diapers, toiletries or socks and other accessories.
Rethink The Closet
Every kid loves little hiding spots to play in. Transform a lackluster closet into a space that’s part reading nook, part storage space.
Create A Play Table
If you’re replacing your old coffee table with a newer one, don’t throw the old one away: Transform it into a play table for your kids. This budget-friendly IKEA piece was turned into an organized spot for kids legos.
Recycle old wooden crates or boxes and hang them on your child’s bedroom walls to hold toys, books, and other accessories. You can give them new life by painting or wallpapering them.