Toy Organization Ideas {Another Playroom Update}

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Hey Friends!

I know, I know….long time, no chat!

I promise I haven’t been a total slacker! There has been a lot of work going on here behind the scenes. I’ve been purging different areas of the house & attempting to organize some of the chaos. The month of January will do that to a girl! 😉

One of the rooms I’ve been focusing on the most is the boys’ playroom.  The last time I shared an update with you was right after  I painted the room & hung the new curtains. You may remember it looking a little something like this…..

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This room was previously Griffin’s nursery.  This past summer, I made the decision to move the boys into a a shared bedroom. In an effort to keep their bedroom nice & tidy, I decided to use Griffin’s old room to house & HOPEFULLY come up with some toy organization ideas. Before we painted the playroom, the boys & I took an afternoon & went through all of their things and we got rid of a TON of stuff! But, then Christmas came & went and we were back to where we started….TOTAL CHAOS!

I had two toy boxes in the room, but they were kind of bulky & taking up a lot of floor space. I was really wanting to get rid of at least one of them, so I had to come up with another storage solution for the toys. I went to Target a picked up a couple of these ClosetMaid Cubicals.

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They were super simple to put together! I was able to get the first one assembled in about 45 minutes & the second one went together even quicker! Pardon the crappy iPhone photos, I was trying to put these together quickly & was too lazy to get up & grab my DSLR camera!

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Originally, I had planned on putting the cubicals side by side to create one long unit on the far left wall of the playroom, but then I got an idea! To my surprise, they fit perfectly on each side of the window and even looked like built-ins! I was IN LOVE!! If you follow me on Instagram,  you may have seen this sneak peek that I shared…..

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I really wanted to stick with 4 canvas bins to each cubical unit & fill the other open cubicals with books and/or decorative items, but I quickly realized that that wasn’t realistic! In order to house all of the toys AND organize them into categories, we really need to fill all of the cubicals with storage bins. The “Kiwi Green” bins are part of the ClosetMaid line & were purchased at Target. The teal storage bins were an accidental find at Dollar General. Here is what our playroom looks like today….

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I was thrilled to stumble upon this white table & chairs set at a local resale shop. I had been shopping online for a similar set & was looking at paying upwards of $200 on this set from Pottery Barn. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I scored this set for just $60! It did have a few little imperfections, but hey, it’s a kids table….in a playroom….I’m sure it has many more imperfections in it’s future! Am I right?

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You can see that I’ve moved this table a couple different times. I’m trying to decide if I like it better in front of the window or if I want to move it back to the side wall as seen in the sneak peek photo above. One advantage of having it in front of the window is that it frees up more floor space for the boys to play. Which place do you like it best?!

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Here are few more detailed shots of the room….

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I decided to decorate the top of the storage units with a few of the boys’ books and toys. I kind of like the addition of the “primary” colors to the decor. I think it makes the space look more kid friendly and a little less mature. The monogram letters were purchased at Hobby Lobby several months back. I was going to use them in another room for a different project, but changed my mind. They had just been sitting in a drawer for the longest time. I was happy to finally put them to use!

Playroom Collage 1

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Playroom Collage 2

I also found this fabulous wicker basket at Target. (Seriously, I love that place! Can you tell?!) It’s part of the store’s “Threshold” line. I thought it was cute & would coordinate well with the playroom colors/decor.

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I liked it so much in fact, that I purchased two of them! We’ve been using them to store all of the boys’ large action figures….we kind of have a lot of them!

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So, that’s where I am with the playroom!

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I hope you’ll follow along for future updates!

Here are a few things on my to-do list:

1.) Paint the one toy box that I have left in the room to coordinate with the new decor.

2.) Create a gallery wall with photos of the boys and some of their art work.

3.) Mount the TV that we bought for this space & come up with a storage solution for video games and movies.

4.) Find a corner of the room to create a “reading nook” and house all of the boys’ books.

That’s just to name a few….I’m sure I’ll come up with a few more!

I always do…just ask my husband! 😉

Toy Organization Ideas, Playroom Decor

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How do you organize toys at your house?

Do you find that it’s a never ending task?!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  1. Love the start to your boys playroom! Where did you get those curtains! Great score on the table and I think I like it best under the window….kinda sets up a nice dividing are to the room. The colored baskets in the shelves are perfect! I hope your boys have many hours of creative play in this great space!! I am working on the fireplace/sitting room that is off the ktichen, as well as our coffee station since we received a Keurig for Christmas! Have a great week !

    • Hi Dawna!!
      Thanks so much! My mom actually made the curtains for me. The fabric is from Hobby Lobby! Thanks for your vote on the table! It looks like everyone favors it there…… makes my decision pretty easy!! I’ll have to stop by your place soon & see your latest projects!

  2. What a great space! I love the wicker basket, such great looking storage. I’m using that same bright green in my son’s space, it’s his favorite. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Melinda! Yes, the wicker baskets are one of my favorite things about our new space!

  3. Your playroom looks adorable. Nice job! I love the colors.

  4. It is beautiful! I love how the bins pick up the colors of the curtains. The space is beautiful. I love decorating kid’s rooms with old toys in primary colors too. So fun!

  5. Those shelves are great! I have some under my craft desk to store supplies and they are the best! Pinning!

    • Thanks so much Jessi!! I’m hoping once I get the boys’ rooms taken care of that I can start working on an office/craft space! I’ll have to keep the cubicles in mind for that space as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. sunflowermomfun says:

    The room is gorgeous…the table looks fabulous under the window!
    Well done!

    • Thank you & thank you for your input! It looks like everyone is favoring it in front of the window! 🙂

  7. What a cute playroom! I think any kid would be lucky to have this space. I love the table by the window.

  8. The playroom looks great! I like the table in front of the window, it will give them great light for when they are working on art projects.

  9. Wow! The room is looking great. That’s really a better idea to have a different room for play and have them share a room for sleep. It keeps things neater, too. The table looks good both places and the nice thing is…it’s a small table with two chairs that can be moved anytime you want so it’s really not a problem. The bins look good, too. A suggestion, all you need to create a “reading nook” is a bean bag chair. Instant nook! I love your blog and what a great mom.

    • Hi Sandi!
      Thanks for all your input! Yes, I had actually thought about a bean bag! We actually already have one, it just needs some more “beans” added to it! I was also gonna see about possibly covering it with a coordinating fabric. We’ll see what I come up with!

  10. I love the table in front of the window. Random question, but did you ever do a post on the final outcome of your boys shared room? I love the “10 Inspiring Shared Bedroom Ideas” post and would love to see how you used these ideas to come up with a room for your boys. I also have two boys and have been considering a shared room and playroom idea rather than two separate bedrooms now that my youngest is old enough for a big boy bed.

    • Hi Kelly!
      No, I have never got around to posting the final outcome of the boys’ shared room. I haven’t even posted a progress photo! I still have so much I want to do in that space before it’s final reveal! The boys are loving their shared space, and surprisingly the transition was super easy for them both!

  11. Love your playroom! How did you organize what goes IN the bins??? Even better, how do you keep the kids putting the stuff where is goes?? I like the table under the window, but agree with another poster that it’s a small table and can be moved around as needed!! Wonderful!!

    • Hi Jen! I just separated the toys into categories…Mega-Blocks, Legos, Play-doh, Play-doh accessories, dinosaurs, cars/trucks, etc. So far the boys are doing a pretty good job of putting things back were they belong, but I anticipate that will only last so long! I’m gonna enjoy the organized space while I can! 🙂

  12. very cute..pinned this for sure…I am just working on my playroom and I have some similar storage from IKEA. Here is a link if you want to take a snoop. Christine from Little Brags

  13. I love what you did with the room. The organizers, basket, and curtains look great together. I have two little boys (3 and 4) and their playroom is always a mess, even when I try to clean it up. I did buy one of those cube organizers (a 2×3 cube one) but I might need to get another. We also have one of those large storage benches for kids (the soft blue ones with the cushy lid from Target) that holds all their Legos. Stopping by from Blogtalk- pinned! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Jen!! Yes, keeping the playroom straight is still gonna be a challenge. So far, my boys are doing a pretty good job, but I’m anticipating that changing once the “newness” of the room wears off!

  14. love all that storage space in those cubbies!

  15. Hi,
    Just thought I’d mention the table being best in front of the window. That way the kids work area has more natural light. Based on Reggio Emilia Pedagogy. Beautiful space you have created. If you haven’t already hung their art work my suggestion is to use natural wood frames. Again this helps their work be highlighted and not the frame itself.

  16. Your playroom for the boys turned out beautiful. It’s making me want to tackle the mess of toys that exploded after Christmas at our house too. Our playroom is out in the open behind the family room space so I’m a huge fan of storage solutions that can hide all the toys away at the end of the day. Love the colors you chose too!

  17. I love those bins because of the lids and color. You said you got them at Target? I couldn’t seem to find them. Do you know the name of the baskets?


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