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Kid-friendly: 6 storage solutions to keep bedrooms and playrooms clutter-free

Shelves with baskets and toyboxes with lids to make toy storage simpler (and more stylish).

THERE’S A FINE line between playroom storage that doesn’t offend your eyes, and pieces that are enticing enough that the kids will still use and enjoy them.

In fact, most storage designed for kids’ rooms or play areas ticks only one of those boxes; the holy grail of toy storage is tough to locate, but well worth the search. 

This week, we’ve scoured Instagram for a selection of playroom storage options that will help hide away all of that kid clutter in the most useful and stylish ways.

Ikea makes a winner: An oldie but a goodie, IKEA comes to the rescue in @tiger_and_fox_rocks playroom in the form of the KALLAX  shelves with wicker inserts. The KALLAX makes it easy to display your kid’s (and your) favourite pieces while hiding away those less appealing bits and bobs.

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Four hours of toy sorting later..... 😩😩😩 I had put the kallax in the garage months ago, and have tried so many different shelves and ways to store toys in the meantime. I just cannot find anything else that holds so much and keeps things this tidy. So glad I didn’t get rid of them. Behind me is a MOUNTAIN of stuff to sort out, but first coffee and birthday cake 🎂 Not easy keeping order at the best of times let alone week 3 of the school holidays 😳 #playroom #playroominspo #playroomstorage #toystorage #ikeaatmine #ostheimer #ostheimerwoodentoys #drewart #drewarttoys #woodentoys #grimmswoodentoys #grimmstoys #openendedplay #invitationtoplay #waldorfinspired #doinggoods #olliella

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Find variations of these KALLAX shelves and inserts at IKEA.

Try a wicker toy chest: A toy chest that lets your little one rummage around encourages play and discovery. And, if you’re lucky enough to find a wicker chest, like @mummathrift has here, it will make tidying away toys when they’re done with them even more enticing. Wishful thinking, eh?

Find a similar wicker chest at Fruugo.ie.

Use baskets to disguise storage: We love how @charlotte_victoria_adams disguises the kids’ toys by blending them into more grown-up surroundings through a collection of interesting and stylish baskets – easy to pull things out, and put away again, in equal measure.

Find some basket options for toys at NEXT and Jojo Maman Bebe.

Find an elegant toybox: Hark back to tradition with an elegant toybox in a neutral colour that’s easy to work into the existing design of the room. @tmbespoketoyboxes keeps things sleek yet adds personality with bespoke initialling. 

Check out Woo Design for a similar-shaped chest that you could personalise as well.

Add storage with your changing table: Double duty storage for those early years will be a godsend, seeing as toys and accessories will (most likely) be at their simplest. @theforesttribe shared this Mocka Australia changing table with built-in shelving that ensures there’s something to grab and distract their little one when it’s changing time.

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Touching up our GIRLS space 🌻 ✨

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Find a similar changing table with storage at Buy Buy Baby.

Streamline with a chest of drawers: @babyography makes sure that kid’s toys are out of sight for another day with a simple, clean-lined chest of drawers which will never fail when hiding clutter. The beauty of this option is that it doesn’t exclusively exude child’s room vibes, so you can park it wherever you fancy.

Check out this similar model at Marks and Spencer

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