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#1 of 29 Old 12-08-2008, 09:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I really wanted to get a trofast set from ikea but shipping would be 99$... We have a huge tub full of duplo, one of wood train toys and some cars, stackers, and dinosaurs.

These are played with daily so it is a question of organizing, not simplifying. Right now we use the remnants of a plastic box / bookshelf type toy bin mixed up with some giant storage bins formerly used to store our oldests clothing for our youngest.

So is it possible to find something? Any suggestions? Even like a set up of fabric baskets or even wicker would be fine I just can't find anything that could hold the big tubs worth where I can buy more than one for under 100$.
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like this http://www.target.com/Bin-Storage-Un...storage&page=1 sti multi-colored but not plastic

this one is neat http://www.target.com/Nice-Home-9-Bi...storage&page=1

love these http://www.target.com/white-3pc-Stac...storage&page=2
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Thank you! I really : the white rolly bins, I'm gonna check out sizing at the local to see if they are big enough... very clean "feel" and functional!

My thing with colors right now is that the multi-colored bins just feel cluttered to me even when they are "organized" ... I can really envision a bit more "peace" emenating from the room with the white bins than what I currently have.
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Love thee galvanized bins at Lowes too http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...310&lpage=none

If you could find a premade shelf to store them on.
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This http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...500&lpage=none

The colored cloth storage this to go in them are less than $10. You could buy all the same color so it wouldn't look so busy. It also comes in white.
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I looked at the Cubeicals, I like the idea of it but the squares just wouldn't be big enough. I'd have to split the legos' trains into two diff. buckets/bins...

I might have to do that anyway, though... it wouldn't be that much harder to pull out to play with. This is great, like having a personal shopper! Keep em coming, with my thanks!!!

ETA: those bins rock, I missed that post when I wrote mine... perfect for the legos and the trains. I could do the stacking white bins, unstacked along one wall with one galv. bin on each side... that would be plenty of storage, under budget and (in my head) quite pretty!
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I took a break; I was worried I was getting obnoxious.
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Not obnoxious at all, very helpful in fact! I : that you would spend your net time (precious to most of us, right!) helping me out!
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O.K. totally branching out http://www.babyage.com/products/0172...campaign=64959

You get 2 for 52.99 so you could get four for just over your budget. They could probably be stacked.

Same idea http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...t_adv_XSN10001
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Those, I don't think my kids could get the toys in or out of easily or without tipping over (the 2yo anyway) but for about three minutes I was picturing some nice baskets in the middle with a hamper on each side, thinking... this could work!

ETA: I looked at osme of the hamper links under there and there are some only 19" high... that aren't a bad price. I think you just pointed me out to a whole realm of unexplored toy storage opportunities... in the laundry sections!
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Beautiful, but big enough??? http://www.target.com/3-Drawer-Chest...28&pf_rd_t=201

Hampers as baskets- may give you the size you need http://www.target.com/Hamper-Set-wit...28&pf_rd_t=201 Then you'd need to find a shelf.
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ahhh, you have a 2 year old.
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What about this to put o the floor on it's side http://www.target.com/3-Open-Shelves...28&pf_rd_t=201 $20

Three white fabric cubes to go inside http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...009&lpage=none $18

Two galvanized tubs to go on top $30

hampers to stack next to it $40 = $128 (now we just need to find some coupons or sales)

Or do the first three things x 2 = $158 (yikes, OK, maybe not)

I don't think the rolling ones are going to be big enough after looking at the measurements again.
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One on its side http://www.target.com/3-Open-Shelves...28&pf_rd_t=201 20$
Galvanized bins on each side of that $30
Four of these http://www.galvanizedpail.com/index....products_id=16 @20$ on top of the (former side) of the white organizer, or properly sized ones "in" the three cubes

$70.

I think at $30 under budget, this could "look" really nice! What do you think?

(I love the shelves as a bench/shelf, great idea!)

ETA: or even as bins, lay it on its back and have metal pails to pick up out of it and the giant galv. bins on each end.... playing with possibilities...
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Awesome! Some of those buckets on the site you linked to could probably fit in the shelf cubes if you wanted. http://www.galvanizedpail.com/index....products_id=59

very Pottery Barn, IMO

I hope you'll post some pics when you get it set up. :

I'm going to hang up my shopping hat now.
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I bought white rolly plastic drawers years ago for my craft supplies. I'm contemplating putting my supplies in bins for now and storing them and letting the kiddo have the rolly carts because he is *obsessed* with them. I figure I can fill them with his toys and solve two problems at once.

I would prefer to have a wooden grid/basket system, but if he's gonna play with the rolling stuff anyhow, I may as well be flexible.

Someday, I want to have a room with a wall full of apothecary shelves, with millions of tiny drawers. Then my clutter will serve a purpose.

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We have had a 3x3 storage thingie from target for 2 years now, with the fabric bins and LOVE it! We use our label maker to make labels and can change them as needed. My 5 yo can now read the labels, but in the beginning we made simple ones like "legos" and "soft toys" that she could begin to recognize.
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Hey Kelly, I saw a pretty good selection of aluminum containers at MIchaels today. About the same price as the website we were linking to and of course there would be no shipping. I just thought I'd let you know.
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Kabes I think you missed your calling as a personal shopper!

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Kabes I think you missed your calling as a personal shopper!
Thank you! I love the thrill of the hunt; especiallly when I'm "spending" someone else's money (since there is no budget here for that sort of thing). I probably should research turning into a business.
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Hey Kelly, I saw a pretty good selection of aluminum containers at MIchaels today. About the same price as the website we were linking to and of course there would be no shipping. I just thought I'd let you know.
Thanks! I'm procrastinating and haven't done anything towards this goal yet but there is a Michaels just down the street so I'm running out of excuses!!!

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I totally agree!
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Bummer on the "scroll saw hiatus". I love the plane! I hope you are on the mend. Thanks for the encouragement.
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I know you said no ikea, but I just wanted to add that we use an ikea four-drawer dresser (two drawers on each side) that was really cheap. It hold all of the kids' lego, wooden train set, little people collection. It's fabulous! So, maybe you could use a dresser in stead. Something like this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70121758 maybe?
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That is so pretty.
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Bummer on the "scroll saw hiatus". I love the plane! I hope you are on the mend. Thanks for the encouragement.
Aww, thanks! I'm considering just working through the pain to bust out some xmas presents!
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http://callmekelly.blogspot.com/2009...y-storage.html

It is a sad ending to a thread titled "non-ikea" toy storage but even with all the great ideas (thanks so much for your time!) I ended up just using some present money to get the trofast. It def. wasn't under 1oo$ but I think it will work pretty well for my guys. It really opened up a lot of floor space and we still have empty bins so there is room to grow.
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Love it! And that marble run...awesome!

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