We have a 3.5 year old and a 2 year old, and their toys are mostly in the living room right now. We don’t have a playroom. I would love to have most of their toys upstairs in their bedroom instead, but not sure how that would work.
Does anyone keep their toddler’s/preschooler’s toys in their rooms and out of the main living areas? Really sick of staring at toy clutter but not sure if it’s reasonable/realistic for kids to bring down 1 or 2 toys at a time to play with. Open to ideas!
persimmon / 1409 posts
We have a bench that functions as a toy box in our living room. DD is 2.5 and knows where to get her toys and also (thankfully) where to put them away. A lot of other things are kept in the mud room, but she never goes in there to get stuff herself and as a result those toys mostly only get played with if DH or I get them out so almost never. I’ve been thinking about replacing a tall bookshelf with something with closed storage on bottom for when DD2 arrives this winter because I know the toy volume is going to go up and realistically everything’s going to stay in the living room.
kiwi / 556 posts
I have a 3 year old and one on the way, all of the toys are in our living room. I've just had to accept that that is how it's going to be for awhile. I've tried to get creative with storage though. I have bins of toys hidden away in our entertainment center and two large fabric bins with covers tucked away in the corners of the room. They blend in since they have covers, and you don't actually see the piles of toys. It's a phase, when the kids are older I'll have them store toys in their rooms.
persimmon / 1483 posts
We have toys in almost every room of the house and have a 2.5 year old. I think at this age, they want/need to be where we are and need ways to stay occupied, so it makes sense to have things everywhere. I try to keep the living room for just books, but it quickly collects toys, too. The one thing that helps is having baskets and bins of natural materials to keep toys contained and for quick pick up, instead of having plastic in bright colors. It looks a little less crazy pretty quickly when I can easily throw things in bins that blend in with the rest of the adult space.
cantaloupe / 6085 posts
Agree you can make it work - we have 3 kids in 2 small bedrooms and no playroom so living room has a lot. For me the key is for everything to have a place in a bin/basket/clear box so that it can be cleaned up well. Try to hide those where you can and keep them out of the way. And for you to decide how much space you can give up and then curate ruthlessly to fit in that space even as you get new stuff. I find the kids consistently play with the basics so we mostly hold space for blocks, magformers, duplo/lego, etc and then have some catch alls also.
persimmon / 1064 posts
In our last house we had a play room but it was on a different floor. So we kept all of the toys in the playroom, and then had a small(ish) bin that held toys in the main living area. They could rotate toys from the toy room to the living room however they wanted, but only could keep a “binful” in the living room. It worked well, even for my littler kids!
kiwi / 635 posts
We have toys in the living room. I would prefer not, but my kids ages range from 1-8 so toys are still a major part of our daily lives. They are all in various open baskets and there is a space for everything. Have fun storage/basket shopping
I have to say, I was picky about choosing which bigger baby items made it into our house, since those couldn’t be stored away. (Play kitchen, zany zoo, ride-on toys, play mat). It had to be something aesthetically pleasing to me, haha.
pomegranate / 3272 posts
We have a toy room in the basement and the boys (7 & 9) keep toys in their room. To be honest, the toy room is barely used unless friends are over or if we're down there with them but there is a reason we put the toy room in the basement. They're also at the age where we don't need to be there with them. We have a small box of Legos and a Hot Wheels race track that got moved up to the living room for some reason and we were lax in making them bring them back downstairs. Those toys are now constantly played with. I think the hot wheels track is a few years old and has gotten more use in the last few weeks than in the entire 3 years we've had it in the playroom? So it's a battle I'm not fighting at the moment.
persimmon / 1079 posts
@greencraftycello: We have a small decor bin(like a wooden crate that goes with our living room) that has their trucks, toys, blocks, dolls etc). If it doesn’t fit in that crate it goes to either their bedroom or playroom. I also store some arts and crafts in one of our kitchen cabinets because I had an extra one. This helps with clutter and organization. I also try to switch out the toys in the crate.
clementine / 918 posts
In our previous house we had a combination living room and play area. I bought toy storage with bins that I didn't mind looking at and cleaned up every night. We now have a separate play room and toys still end up all over the house. The boys are older now and are responsible for cleaning up before bed.