Little did I know that the perfect solution to organizing my son’s toys had been in my garage for eight months.
Last spring, I stopped at a yard sale on my way to wherever I was supposed to be going and found these:
Actually there were three of them leaning up against a fence, and when the guy said $5 for all three, I snapped them up. I figured I could take them apart and make something else with them eventually. But there they sat taking up valuable real estate in the garage.
I already cleaned these before snapping this photo. They were really dirty. They probably came out of his workshop.
Let me give you an idea of how the organization in Brennan’s room was working for us before:
Um, not so much.
After Christmas, it’s always a struggle to find new homes for all the toys, especially because Brennan’s room is so small. So I tried to help that along before Christmas by bagging up three bags of toys between his room and my older son’s room; one to donate and two to save for our annual neighborhood yard sale.
Here are the plastic bins I used in an attempt to organize the new toys that Santa brought…
The bins kept migrating back down the living room…which was then spread out on nearly every available surface…
I needed a way to organize his toys so that they all had a home for easy clean up and so that they were easier to play with. Brennan also needed a surface in his bedroom on which he could play with all of his toys, so he wouldn’t want to keep bringing them all downstairs.
Then while cleaning the garage I came across the old dirty yard sale shelves, and a had a light bulb moment!
With a good sanding and a fresh coat of paint I already had leftover from other projects in his room, I found the perfect way to store Brennan’s favorite toys!
Pulling the table to center of the room allowed us to use that wall for the shelves.
Now he can see all of his favorites all lined up:
He can reach them easily and they have a home at the end of the day.
I still utilized some of the clear bins for play doh and little pieces and parts that get lost easily:
I used bigger bins across the bottom for costumes and such:
There are two bins missing because Brennan wanted to play with what was in them and I made him go to his brother’s room so I could take pictures. Mean Mom.
Keeping the table clear gives him plenty of room to spread his toys out as he’s playing with them.
I don’t have a tutorial of course because I bought these already made, but building these would be so simple. Here are the approximate dimensions of mine just in case this looks like a storage solution that might work for you:
Of course you could customize this anyway you wanted. I ended up attaching the third shelf to the end of my work table in the garage. It holds a ton of supplies that were once just stacked across the back of my table.
I’m especially happy that Brennan’s toys now have a home!
Did you catch the organizing bug this month too?
Several of my friends did…feel free to check out what they’ve been organizing lately as well!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
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