Five Brilliant Storage Solutions For Little Kids

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If you've got kids you'll know that they generate clutter at an astonishing rate. No sooner have you initiated a big clear-out and shipped outgrown toys off to good homes than another tidal wave of 'stuff' comes crashing down into their rooms. Where does it all come from? We don't know – but we do know how you can get a grip on it. 

Below are five ingenious ways of dealing with kid-clutter – each of them a minor masterpiece of outside-the-box thinking, and each easily achievable with just a handful of parts sourced from eBay. And as all these storage solutions are as cool-looking as they are useful, you may even find that your kids volunteer to tidy up after themselves without being nagged into it! 

Well... you can live in hope, anyway.

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Toy-Storage Bench


As recommended by blogger I Heart Organizing, this is one of those brilliantly simple “Why didn't I think of that?” ideas. You take a set of single-column shelves, turn them on their side, cover a foam cushion in fabric, place it atop the shelves, slide storage baskets in – et voila, a kid-sized bench that doubles as storage space. 

The example above uses Ikea's Expedit shelving units; this hugely popular range was discontinued in 2014, although there are always plenty of second-hand units on eBay.  Alternatively, take a look at Kallax units on offer – the series was Ikea's 'sequel' to Expedit, and is very similar. 

Bonus tip: to achieve total organisational nirvana, affix framed pics to each basket of what should be getting tidied away into them.

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Copper Pipe Dressing-Up-Clothes Rack


If you're forever picking up princess/superhero/astronaut/monster outfits off the floor, why not bring a little order to the chaos of dressing-up time with this chic and mobile DIY clothes racks, as invented by blogger Little Green Notebook.  

It looks a lot cooler than those generic metal-and-plastic racks that stand on the verge of collapse in student houses up and down the country – and it's surprisingly easy to put together. 

The rack itself is made of copper piping: two four-foot pieces standing vertically, one three-foot piece across the top. The piping is held together with two elbow connectors, and attached to a painted pine board with floor flanges. Screw four casters to the underside of the wood and you're done!

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Lego Play-and-Store Table


Lego is the world's best-selling toy brand, with 20 billion pieces rolling out of the factory in Billund, Denmark every year – and if you live with a Lego-crazed kid, you may feel like half of those bricks wind up at your house. Those dinky things get absolutely everywhere, and you've not experienced true pain until you've trod on a Lego brick while barefoot. Arrgh. 

Well, there is a way to contain the plastic madness into one 30-inch-square area. Blogger Centsational Girl  brings you this ingenious Lego play-table/storage-unit – and it couldn't be easier to make one yourself. 

Simply take a coffee table with a shelf – the example here uses a budget-priced Ikea Lack table – and cover the top with Blu-Tacked-in-place Lego base-plates, available to buy individually on eBay in a variety of colours and dimensions. Organise your kid's Lego into plastic storage bins, slide them in place, and boom: no more bricks all over the floor, and your mini-engineer always knows exactly where to find that vital piece they're after.

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Kid-Customised Pegboard


Pegboards are generally thought of as being strictly functional; to be found only in dingy sheds and workshops, festooned with tools and obscure screws and fixings. But design-conscious parents are increasingly re-purposing them for their children's bedrooms, as not only are they a perfect storage solution, they also look super-cool with kids' colourful possessions all over them – as seen above in this example from the Land Of Nod blog

Kids love making their bedrooms their own, and the level of customisation that a pegboard affords will have them shifting the hooks and parts-bins around until they're 100 percent happy. In other words, they're actually going to enjoy tidying their things away – you're living the dream!

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Open Prison for Soft Toys


Soft toys seem to multiply as if they're somehow breeding with each other, and all those teddies, rabbits and puppies soon form into an unstoppable army seemingly intent on annexing every square foot of floorspace. You need to put those cuddly invaders in their place with this kid-friendly storage solution, as seen on parenting blog The Giggle Garden

First, you take a budget or second-hand bookcase, remove the shelves, and drill 12mm holes along the top and bottom at 10cm intervals (to keep the 'prison bars' symmetrical, you may need to drill the leftmost and rightmost less holes than the 10cm from edges).

Next, remove the hooks from bungee straps, and knot them through the top and bottom holes so that they're taut-but-twang-able. Finally, in go the soft toys, ending their reign of adorable terror.

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