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#1 of 15 Old 06-02-2008, 10:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What are some ways to organize toys? I'm looking for a neat way to organize them. A plus will be that the toys will be easy for DD to reach.

Right now, I moved two small bookcases into her room and that holds all of her books and toys. She can reach everything!

However, I still have toys in the front room.

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Baskets! I love baskets! Baskets for books, baskets for blocks, baskets for balls... I have several strategically distributed around the house. I love that they can float around wherever needed. Canvas bins also work well.

In the book "How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way," they suggest making pictoral labels of what's in the baskets such as a photo of a train for a basket holding a train set. I would like to try this when I find the time.

I also like open shelving for displaying things at a height that's easy for DS see and to get to.
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baskets for sure and shelves. we have most of ours on our playstands..lemme see ifi can find a pic..

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here we go:
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For my dd2 room I really just wanted one long case with cubbies or open shelves just to put her toys on so she could see them and access them easily. I went to the local thrift store hoping to find just the thing I wanted. Keeping an open mind I ended up coming up with a oversized, wood coffee table. The top if just the right height for her to play at and holds a basket of gnomes and tree blocks and she can build, and arrange right on top of the table. The shelf below hold a few toys and then I took out the two bottom drawers and filled those spaces with playsilks and dress up items (the overflow from what was hanging on the hooks in her room.)
I will try to post a pic tomorrow because it really does work so well.

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gorgeous room! where did you get the floral alphabet cards?

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My favorite toy/book storage are hinged benches. You can toss toys out of sight, it's easy pick up for DC and they can sit on the bench while reading or use it as a playing surface.

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i got the cards from eeboo.com

they are playstands,its a waldorf thing

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Thank you for the ideas! And keep 'em coming if you have more!
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I've seen toys corralled together in cloth bags, that were actually big circles of fabric you could spread out with the toys on for playing, then just gather them back up and hang from a hook. The ones I saw were in heavier weight fabric in solid block colours, and looked great all hanging off a row of hooks.
This would work for those toy sets that have lots of little pieces.
I just remembered that it was at a pre-school that I saw this idea.
So easy for the kids to put away, as they hardly needed picking up. Just gather up a few strays and pull the string. Wish I'd thought of it for my own kids when they were little.
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I have a book shelf about their height (age 2 and 4 if that's any indication) the shelves aren't too deep. So they can see exactly what they want to get. The lower shelf hold their books.

I also have a toybin (yes, bought a target.) It has bins sorta slanted so you can see what's inside. I have this in their closet, so I can close the door if it looks too messy. But, it really does stay neat in their room if you can believe it! EAch bin has it's own kinda of toy. So, I can say put this in the dinosaur bin. I really like basic toys so their bins include; ball bin, airplane bin, tool bin, dinosaur bin, animal bin, sea animal bin, car bin.

I am thinking of getting a book shelf that will hold their books out, so they can see the title and front of the book.
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Erm, right now we have a toychest and a box for blocks. Stuffed animals live on the windowsill. We will also get a small bookshelf for when the books are no longer in imminent danger of being eaten by eager babes. As the kids grow up I imagine we'll have a toychest and bookshelf and desk in each of their rooms.
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I second that being a gorgeous room! I'm not really into playrooms but I could totally live with that in my house. I love the toys too.
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We've just started using hard-shell suitcases that we pick up at thrift stores. They're easy to find used, come in all different sizes and colors, and they really look cool stacked in a kiddo's room. Also, they're portable! My son (10) is always grabbing one or another to take with him in the car or to his grandparents' house. We use them for things like Legos, Bionicles, action figures, colored pencils and paper, etc.

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Ooo, the suitcase idea is neat. We have several old suitcases that would work for this idea. I think DD is a bit too young for it now, but I'll file this idea away.
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