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Toy Storage for Living Room

Trucking ahead on 6 Bags for 6 Weeks – we are headed into our living spaces! I can’t be the only mom is also now in the position to start talking toys.  For this weeks 6 Bags for 6 weeks I will link to several other blog posts on organizing spaces, but I want to talk about some toy storage for your living room. 

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6 Bags for 6 Weeks

This week is week 4 of 6 bags for 6 weeks, and so far we have tackled our kitchens, all our clothing, and bathrooms and linen closets.  If you are anything like me you are likely starting to really see the changes.  

The whole idea behind 6 Bags for 6 Weeks is to help you all declutter your home in 6 weeks, ridding it of roughly 6 bags per week.  Hopefully by the end you have a minimum of 36 bags to donate, and are feeling so much less cluttered and stressed!

If you don’t yet have your free printables to help you declutter, grab them here!

home declutter challenge sheets

This week we are focusing on living spaces as well as your garage and storage room.  These are some bigger ticket areas, so I am assuming it will be a daunting week for some of you!  I have several blog posts already written to help with some of the areas, and will link to those, but I am going to focus this post on toy storage for the living room.  

I am VERY passionate about helping your kids to love the house they are growing up in, and embracing them and their “stuff”, while still keeping your home beautiful.  When you stop fighting all the clutter that comes with the little people in your home and learn to embrace it, life gets so much easier.

While you are organizing make sure you check out Jen’s post on organizing your living room!!

This weeks Guest and Giveaway 

As with the previous 3 weeks of the challenge, there is a guest blogger and giveaway.  Hopefully this helps bring in added motivation and fresh perspective on organizing and decluttering, and keeps you motivated to keep going. 

This week we’re so excited to introduce you Jodi from House on a Sugar Hill. Jodi is a mama to 4 kiddos. She shares tons of great budget friendly DIY’s, home decor inspiration and my most favorite things about her passion about raising her family with intentionality and purpose. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and check out her blog!

This week we’re giving away 2 $50 gift cards to M Designs! Arin and I both LOVE M Designs and are thrilled that we get to giveaway 2 gift cards from them!

built ins with white baskets and natural decor

Toys in your Living spaces

Before I talk to you about toy storage for your living room, lets talk about what toys and items are present in the area.  First off, I am well aware that not everyone has a playroom, so there is only so much that can be done if you don’t have one.  

If you have a playroom – keep 99% of your toys there.  Encourage your kids to play in the playroom, and don’t feel the need to have near as many in your living area.  For us once our kids are roughly 3 we move most of their toys to the playroom.  

Before that some do remain upstairs because they aren’t ready for as much alone time.

Also on that note – try to keep the bigger toys in the playroom.  If you don’t have a playroom, a toy rotation, or just having less toys is also likely a great choice, BUT I am also going to give you lots of tips and tricks on ways to conceal the items you have without forfeiting a beautifully designed space. 

White brick mantle and decorated built ins

Toy Storage for Living Room

When it comes to toy storage for the living room, the biggest thing is to realize you are mostly looking for functional furniture and adult pieces, NOT pieces made for toys.  I am going to round up some items in a graphic below that I think would look amazing in your living room while also functioning well for toys, but also want to give some tips!
Modern living room with built ins

Your Coat Closet –

 If you have a coat closet, keep a few bins on the shelves and any larger toys in the coat closet.  It’s an easy way to conceal things when they aren’t in use. 

Purchase purposefully – 

Only you fully know your space, but think hard before you purchase any piece of furniture.  For us, our living room is set up where we have to have a media cabinet of some sort.  Instead of a typical media cabinet I went with an antique mid century dresser for tons of storage. 

Another place to really consider storage when purchasing is your ottoman or coffee table.  There are great coffee table options where you can put a couple of pretty baskets under the table (on the bottom piece) to store concealed toys while still adding texture to the space. 

If an ottoman is more your thing you might consider one that opens to store either toys or blankets in.  Sometimes it isn’t about finding something to store toys in as much as finding a piece to store other items in to make room for the toys. 

For instance – if you buy an ottoman to store blankets in, but previously stored those in a basket in your living room, you now can fill a basket with toys without adding any clutter!

Mid century tv stand and blanket basket

 Decorative Areas – 

We have built in shelving in our living room that I love, and have truly loved finding ways to use the shelving as places for storage of toys.  I will link my favorite baskets I the graphic, but also remember that unlikely pieces, like the cane troph in the image below can also hold toys with no one knowing. 

built ins with white baskets

We also used to store the books we kept on the main floor on our built ins with a nice set of book ends.  We now have a book nook in our front entry way that I love, but in both cases I loved finding books that were pretty for display as well as great reads for my kids. 

I have a full blog post on my favorite books here, as well as holiday options all here. 

Favorite Living Room Toy Storage Items

To Shop this image, you can either click directly on the image below, or you can go to the descriptions.  These are just a small selection of the amazing options out there.  Hopefully if nothing else they inspire you to find unique pieces that fit your decor!

 

  1. Storage end table – we have an end table that opens and although we don’t open it often, we store an extra blanket in there for when guests are over!
  2. White rope baskets – I have had these baskets for years on my built ins and I love them.  I love a good wicker basket, but on some surfaces you want something that blends better and won’t tear up paint!
  3. White rope baskets with leather accents – I also have these in a smaller size than the ones above and LOVE THEM.
  4. Wicker baskets – The perfect way to hide toys, store blankets and so much more. 
  5. Tv stand with lots of storage
  6. 3 tier stand – how cute would this be to store baby items like I did here, or for all your kids arts and crafts!
  7. Basket with lid – this would be amazing for toys, and its a great deal for a gorgeous basket!
  8. Storage Coffee table
  9. Storage Ottoman
  10. Set of 3 baskets with lids
  11. another gorgeous Tv Stand or sideboard idea with tons of storage!

Over all – my biggest advice to parents is to EMBRACE TOYS and kid items.  If you are fighting them fully they will constantly be a sore spot.  IF you can find ways to incorporate your kids items into your decor you will all be so much happier!

If you have any questions be sure to let me know in the comments or on Instagram (@arinsolange) and I hope this helps you get that living room in tip-top shape!

Other Helpful Posts this week!

Garage Organization items

Decorative Storage from Amazon

More info on organizing toys in living spaces

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Living Room Toy Storage

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    January 28, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    OMG!!!! This was such a big help

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    Mary
    January 30, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Love this post.

  • Reply
    Liz
    January 31, 2020 at 9:02 am

    This is so helpful! Thanks for posting

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    Sharon
    January 31, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    I love your built ins!!!!!!

    • Reply
      Arin
      February 1, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Jessica
    February 3, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks for this post! May I ask where the long basket on the bottom shelf of your built ins from?
    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Arin
      February 4, 2020 at 11:13 am

      I am working on finding a new version, but unfortunately it was a target find.

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