Reclaiming the Living Room

Creative Toy Storage Solutions for the Modern Look

by , posted on May 8th, 2012 in home, Style


We live in a small space, so one of our biggest challenges is finding storage solutions that meet Dave and my design aesthetic needs along with our kids’ need for functional storage for their toys, art stuffs, and other projects. Project is code for: things they won’t let me toss. Think haphazardly curated rock collections, scraps of paper that “are perfect for something I’m going to do later,” bits of string, clothes pins, etc. For instance, I have a catapult made out of paint stirrers, duct tape and dixie cups that’s been in hanging out in the living room for a week. If you have kids, you know what I mean.

Most design pieces are either impractical or made out of cheap plastic. Sometimes, they’re both. So I put together a round up of four pieces that feature the clean, modern look Dave and I are going for, but are functional and playful enough to meet the kids’ needs too.

Here they are:

1. Swoop bags. These bags are ingenious. Not only are they practical, the kids can be completely independent with them.

2. Kivik footstool with storage by Ikea. The kids can sit on it, you can prop your feet up after a long day, and the best part—it’s storage for loose toys.

3. Gracie Toy Box by ModMom Furniture. It’s a piece that grows with your family. Now it houses trains and duplos, later you can use it for extra blankets and pillow storage.

4. Helmer Drawer Unit on Casters by Ikea. This is genius for hiding, er, I mean organizing, all those school papers, scrap pieces, random stickers, art project supplies and more.

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2 Responses to “Reclaiming the Living Room”

  1. estelle Says:

    May 8th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Brilliant post, lady. This is such a struggle for us. Our entire living room is lined with crappy toys and I feel really overwhelmed by it all. And we have a huge armoire and a toy chest (and only one kid) and that’s not counting all the toys in her bedroom. Ug, I need to take this project on. Top of my list this summer. You’ve inspired me.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Oh I feel you. Totally! The crappy toy phase sends shivers up my spine. I think I have crappy toy PTSD.

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