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DIY Numbered Storage Bins

When designing my son's "big boy" room, I wanted to give him lots of storage for all of his toys, and I also wanted to make it easy for him to help clean up.
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $15 Difficulty: Easy
  • diy numbered storage bins, organizing, storage ideas
We placed two bookshelves along one wall of his room, and I decided to use the top row of each for books, and the bottom row for storage.
I found some bins that fit perfectly in the cubical openings of the bookshelf, but I wanted to add numbers to the front of each to help my then 2 year old learn his numbers and so that we could talk about which toys to put away where.
I chose to thick, durable fabrics that wouldn't fray when cut, and I created a paper template for each number. Then I cut the numbers out of the fabric and layered them together. Read the full tutorial on my blog {link at bottom} for the details of the fabrics used and how I affixed them together and to the bins.
Once the numbers were on the bins, we put them in place and filled them with toys.
  • diy numbered storage bins, organizing, storage ideas
These bins helped my son with his number recognition. He knows just what belongs in each bin, and he can articulate that that his animals belong in number 4, while his cars belong in number 6. He now loves putting away his own toys, which makes me a happy mom and keeps his room clean!
  • diy numbered storage bins, organizing, storage ideas

To see more: http://www.blueistyleblog.com/2014/06/DIYNumberedStorageBins.html

  • LindaK
    LindaK Eldridge, CA

    Good job Mom, a boy who loves reading and organizing.

  • Pat whitmus
    Pat whitmus Ephrata, WA


  • Sherry Cohen
    Sherry Cohen Stamford, CT

    Very nice! I also love the idea of a place for library books so you don't have to search the entire house for them. I ended up ordering a zippered tote bag from L.L. Bean and had them embroider the word LIBRARY on it. It goes in our coat closet so we

  • Joan
    Joan Spring Hill, TN

    Nice! I hope he's keeping his room picked up, it is a must to start them young!

    • Angela, Blue i Style

      Yes, we take 5 minutes to clean up before bed every night (he's 3 now and does most of it himself with a little supervision) so it stays picked up!

  • Sandra Crosbie

    This is a great idea. It looks great too.

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