Organized Built-ins for Toys

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Happy Friday friends!  We made it to the end of the week.  And I made it through week two after knee surgery.  I can’t say it has been an easy two weeks.. or a fun two weeks for that matter!  But every day gets a little better so.. baby steps right?  I can’t think “baby steps” without wanting to watch What About Bob.  A classic in my book. 🙂

Talking about organized built-ins for toys today but first.. I’m happy so many of you liked my post on DVD organization!  I had lots of questions.. one that kept popping up was where am I going to keep the DVDs.  Oops!  Forgot to take a picture of where I’m storing them.

{wood oval tray/chair/lamp/wool jute rug/favorite throw}

Right now they are in this cupboard in our family room entertainment center.  I couldn’t take a picture on crutches today so you get a lovely arrow on an older picture instead. 😉

I might move them into these drawers in our theatre room when it’s finished if there is enough room OR just leave them out on this counter.  I’m going to see if we are using the DVDs in this room or the family room more.

Alright.. let’s talk toy organization!  Last summer when I was decorating Kole’s room I started moving his toys into the new space and quickly realized that he had too many.  Something most moms realize about toys at one point or another, right?  Between birthdays and Christmas and grandparent visits and trips to Target in-between, kids end up with a crazy amount of toys.

Whenever I’m purging and organizing toys I gather them up all over the house and dump them in one huge pile like the one above.  A lot of times I don’t involve the kids in this (so that I can get rid of things without a struggle!) but I had a nice pep talk with Kole before we started and told him that he needed to choose some toys to give to other kids who might not have many toys to play with.  He is better about purging than my girls ever were so he was on board.

We go through the pile picking up one item at a time and decide if it’s a keep or donate.  If it’s a “keep” we start categorizing.  I think categorizing is great skill for young kids to work on!  I let Kole guide which pile something belongs in.  We ended up with piles of vehicles..

stuffed animals..

dinosaurs, pretend play items..

transformers, tools, snakes and spiders, arrows and swords.  We got rid of a lot of toys through the process.  Not as many as if I would have done this process alone, but.. progress.

Kole was a huge help as always. 😉

Now it was time to find a happy home for everything!  My favorite part. 🙂

You might remember when I shared Kole’s bedroom that I mentioned designing these built-ins for toys.

I used them for the largest items – all of the “guys” as Kole calls them (transformers, star wars guys, etc.) and then dinosaurs.

Then all of the vehicles go in the two drawers on the right.

I still need to add labels but so nice to have these items organized!

 Easy access and easy clean-up for my little buddy too. #win

The stuffed animals went in the rustic rope bin and the smaller toys went in the top three drawers of his dresser.

I still have a few things to finish in Kole’s room (on the home project list for this year!) but it’s nice to at least have all of his toys organized.

We have other organized built-ins for toys in our playroom and I need to take a new picture of this closet because it’s half empty and doesn’t look like this anymore.  Some of these toys went to Kole’s room and my girls are playing with toys less and less so we’ve sent some to goodwill.  I still love this closet with built-in shelves for family games and toys we are hanging onto.

We also have these organized built-ins for toys against the wall in our playroom that hold the girls stuffed animals, etc.  You can read more about them in this post.  Fun options if you are building or re-modeling and thinking about built-ins for toys.  In previous homes I created my own toy storage with baskets and bins and containers and shelves.  The key with toy organization is purging often and making sure your storage is easy access for the kids so that when it’s time to clean up they can do it on their own.  Organizing toys feels SO good doesn’t it!?  Toys can take over a home and drive you crazy if you aren’t careful!

Alright friends.. signing off!  But first Kenny asked me earlier this week to give him a few ideas for Valentines Day.  I think he can tell I might need a little pick me up after surviving this surgery. 🙂  So I’m sharing my wish list below!  For him or in case any of you are in need of a little Valentine pick me up too and someone in your life also needs a hint.

To my sweet husband.. I would love any one of the items below!

Or any two or three of them.. 😉  Love you babe.


{Kole’s Bedroom Sources}




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