How do I organize my two year old's toys?


I need some organizational and storage ideas for a small probably 1200 square-foot condo with two stories the upper story of which right now is just accessed. We do not go out there we cannot use it except for with my two-year-old takes a bath. So I need to find a place to put all of her toys all of my clothes I’ve been living here for three years and I still don’t have a dresser on my husband’s clothes are put away all my daughters clothes are put away all my daughters toys are put away but they’re all bulking out so I need to run the things I need to figure out how to store things and organize things because there is no storage in this house it’s horrible. So could someone please help me and I’d like to get my clothes put away by the end of the weekend thank you

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  • Lisa L Smith Lisa L Smith on Jan 05, 2019

    Not sure how many toys or what type but I loved these units when my boys were little. They don't take up much space and are readily available. I got the little fabric cubes to put toys in so that it was clean appearing in the room. We were in a small condo so the play room was also the first room everyone entered.

    You can get these in any color and the fabric cubes comes in a ton of colors too. So I would guess for $100.00 you could have that type of set up one and done.

    I've seen these at Walmart and on Amazon.

  • 3 years???? What is on the upper level that you do not use? Visit thrift shops, goodwill, second hand stores, habitat re store for dressers for you and your husband and shelving units you can upcycle with paint. Look into storage cubes and ottomans for toys, extra bedding and clothes. After 3 years, I would entertain the thought of hiring a professional organizer for a half day to get you jump started. Not as expensive as you might imagine. I am certain the home has options, you just are not seeing the potential. At this point free Xerox paper boxes from the copy store, then covered in contact paper would be better than nothing.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 05, 2019

    Hi, Bre,

    Photos of your condo and contents needing a place would be very helpful, but I have the feeling you need to either put things into storage or seriously purge all of your belongings. 1200 sq. ft. is small, but if you don't have access to the full space, it's like living in a micro sized N.Y. apartment.

    Without floor and closet storage, your only option is vertical. Install shelving with a rail, for toys, or buy under bed see through storage bins on wheels.

    You obviously need a very tall chest of drawers. Have you looked in second hand shops or antique shops? Ikea sells very tall cabinets under their "PAX system". They're not good for children's use, but would help you and your husband. They can be customized with pull outs, sections for accessories, hanging rods, pull out drawers.

    You can purchase wire shelving to install inside your closets/bathroom.

    Your (queen sized?) bed linens can be folded very small and placed in a drawer depth of 6". If creatively folded, you can fit at least 6 bath towels onto a hall linen closet shelf with an 11" depth.

    Toiletries not needed immediately can be stood vertically at rear of shelf, so they're visible. Pharmacy type items should be secured and placed on high shelves.

    Shoes in clear boxes are more easily stacked. It may not suit your preferred convenience factor, but you'll have to make concessions if you want this to work.

    Put your blouses over slacks or a skirt on one hanger. Folded items, placed atop each other in opposite directions can conserve space.

    Canned goods can be stacked. Purchase only what you can use within 2 weeks time.

    Your child can probably get along with 1/3 the amount of toys. Sell or donate the remainder to less fortunate childrens' groups.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jan 12, 2019

    My daughter used an inexpensive shelf from IKEA. The bins can be found on Amazon for very cheap... See here

    Everything can just be tossed right into the bins and put away.

  • Eileen Eileen on Jan 24, 2019

    Cubby storage and fabric bins are wonderful! You can even get stacking bins for the top. :)

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