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I need ideas for storage. Any good websites for things for storage. I am thinking maybe some bookshelves for dd's books and then some of those wooden shelf things with the clear plastic bins. The thing is, it needs to be fairly nice. I am making our sunroom into dd's and new baby's (due soon) playroom. I have tons of space. Right now I just have baskets along the wall, an easel in the corner and a couple of buckets. We are getting dd a wooden kitchen stove, sink and fridge set plus a bunch of wooden food for dd's b day next month so that will go in another corner. I just need basic ideas as to how to store everything. I want to make different play areas. Like one for crafts, one for dress up, one for kitchen stuff and table and chairs, and one for just general toy stuff. I am getting rid of most of the electronic stuff. She never plays with the stuff. lol
 

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We bought two book shelves with doors that DD can open on the bottom from IKEA (I think the style was Magik) -- larger toys and plastic bins with smaller toys fit nicely in there. The upper part -- that DD can't reach -- has our books, pictures, vases, etc. Now the room looks a bit more organized.
 

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I bought those snap-together-n-stack crates at CostCo. I put them in the closet, and on either side of the dresser. I took an idea from a Scrapbook magazine I saw too -- use twist ties to make smaller shelves inbetween bigger ones. Ex: make 12x12, then twist tie horizonal 3 shelves 3" apart. Repeat vertically.<br><br>
Dolls in the closet, there is a ball and "other" on one side of the dresser, and all else stacks in the other side. I bought 4 easter baskets at 90% off at the craft store and painted them with spray paint. Cars, little people, tools, and action figures are in them. They fit in the shelves when not in use. I also bought plastic "pencil boxes" at the dollar store for all the tiny tiny stuff like barbie clothes, bugs, dinos, etc. They stack up in the horizontal shelves. Etch a Sketch, Color Books, and Leap Pad are in the vertical shelves.
 

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large baskets/hampers! i have all the toys (that aren't in the closet) in baskets. i love it.<br><br>
one suggestion - since you will have a separate playroom. i have one also and i took some thin moulding, nailed it to the wall in a picture frame shape and painted the inside with magnetic paint under chalkboard paint. it looks great! if you don't want to do it to the wall - paint the inside of a cabinet's door or behind a wooden door.
 

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We have shelves that are hung on the walls. Also alot of baskets for different things. I am trying to avoid plastic...which is a constant battle. Also I made a cool thing to hang on the wall. It is a peice of 2x4 which has 3 wooden pegs on each side, fror the pegs I have sewn cloth pouches, so I can put books, animals etc...<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rainbow peace"><br>
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On the IKEA tip:<br><br>
We recently got my dd a new bed at IKEA that has storage underneath the bed part.......I'd link it but they dont have it on their site. But it basically has shelving under the bed with removable sliding doors to close it up if you want. She loves her new bed AND most of her toys are totally on her level and I can put them out of site.<br><br>
Prior to that, we had a faux wood bookcase we got a Target for cheap that consisted of 9 squares....three rows of three......and we bought plastic bins that fit into each one and stowed her toys in there. The top three were too high for her but I liked it because I could keep her stuff that I don't want her to have access too all the time in those parts (i.e. paints and markers).
 

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These are all great ideas!! Right now I have several of those big square baskets and some plastic tubs. My only problem with the baskets is my dd just throws stuff in the basket and everything gets misplaced. What I finally did was to empty out all the baskets in the center of the floor. I took all the things that have pieces and set them aside. I then got some ziplock freezer bags in gallon sizes and quart sizes. For her Little People doll house and barn, noahs ark, and other plastic toys that have lots of pieces I seperated them into different bags and just lined them against the wall with their bags next to them. I need to get a shelf or something to put these types of things on. I am trying to get her to put them back when she is finished playing with them but so far no a whole lot of luck. lol My next option is to take all the bags of "pieces" and put them in the closet and let dd ask for the parts to whatever she wants to do next. Truth is she doesnt play with them all that much anyway. I am thinking of just getting rid of most of this plastic stuff. I have been buying more wood "classic" toys and I would like to just keep it to the minimum. I really want to set up different stations. Like a dress up area, craft area with a little table, kitchen area (she is getting a wooden kitchen and stove with all the wood food a girl could want for her Birthday next week lol) and whatever else I can think of. Any other ideas? Keep them coming!!
 

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if you want her to put things back - take a polaroid/picture or pic from magazine and tie it to the basket or tape to bin. she'll be able to see what goes where.
 
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