12 Toy Organizers to Help Declutter a Messy Kid’s Room

published Oct 4, 2023
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One of my all-time favorite poems, Song for a Fifth Child (Babies Don’t Keep) by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, ends with this quatrain: 

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow

But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!

I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

When the upkeep of my home gets to be too much, I often re-read the poem as it helps me remember what really matters. That being said, my kids need some sense of cleanliness and organization in their lives, and at some point, the cleaning needs to get done. 

Having a toy organization system can make it so much easier to keep a tidy home. It also makes cleanup faster when everything has a place. Here are 12 toy organizers to help you keep your home tidy.

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This is one of my favorite toy organizing shelves; I bought it for my twin boys’ bedroom when they turned one. There’s room for toys and books, but it also provides a cozy place to hang out or read. It’s available in white, espresso, natural, and mint. It’s just the right size for younger kids; older kids might start to outgrow the seat as they near eight.

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The Lovevery Montessori Play Shelf is ingenious because it has a hidden area in the back to store out-of-sight toys. This makes it easy to set up a toy rotation, which can help kids engage more deeply with the toys they have available to them. In addition to the shelves on the bottom, it also has space on top to store even more toys or for kids to play.

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For the longest time, I struggled to find a place to store all of the tiny pieces to my kids’ many toy sets. Once I discovered these zipper pouches, my home became so much tidier almost overnight. They come in various sizes, and I love just having them on hand. I use them for everything from our bowling set to the pictures from my daughter’s KidiZoom Camera.

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If you’re looking for something that doesn’t take up too much space in your home but can still store a lot of toys, check out the Humble Crew Kids' Toy Storage Organizer. It comes with four large storage bins and eight small ones. It’s available in various color combinations to complement many rooms, and they’re all perfect for maximizing vertical space.

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When I get a minute to relax in the bath at the end of the day, I don’t want a tub full of toys. Finding a place to store all of those bath toys can be difficult, especially because you want them to be able to drain and dry easily. This adorable organizer suctions to the wall of your tub, and the mesh means toys can dry out between bath times.

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It’s amazing how quickly cars can accumulate if you have a kid who enjoys playing with them. This Hot Wheels storage case can hold up to 100 cars, and it’s like a mini suitcase, so they can take it with them on the go, too. To help encourage your kids to clean up their cars, tell them it’s time to park them in the Hot Wheels “garage” when playtime is over.

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If you live in a smaller home or apartment, vertical space is your best friend when it comes to toy organization. This duo of vertical mesh storage bags is ideal for stuffed animals or any other lightweight toy. It fits nicely in a closet, or you could hang it directly in your child’s room or playroom.

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An over-the-door organizer is another way to take advantage of vertical space, and it’s nice because the clear pockets allow kids to see exactly what they have. This type of organizer works really well to store Barbies. If you don’t have a door to hang it on, you can hang it on a wall as well.

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The open bins of this organizer make it easy for kids to see what’s inside, which also makes them more likely to actually play with their toys — and hopefully, put them away! It’s also stackable, so you can add another on top, or you can use the flat surface for decor and well, more toys.

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While this basket may not keep your toys super organized, there’s nothing like a big basket to throw toys in when you’re trying to keep your house organized in general. I have baskets like these in a few places in my home, and it’s helpful to have a place to just toss toys when I’m trying to tidy up. At 22 x 22 x 14 inches, it holds a good amount of toys when it’s in use, and you can easily fold it up when you don’t need it.

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Looking for something adorable and functional? This organizer has bookshelves (which is also available in a garden theme) has an open shelf, and a cabinet with double doors. It’s the ideal multi-purpose organizer, and it’s just the right size for kids to be able to reach and organize their own belongings, helping to create some independence and responsibility.

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This beloved storage system from IKEA is ideal for organizing LEGOs because you can break up the storage into so many different compartments. As kids amass more and more LEGO sets (and they will), it becomes imperative to have an organization system in place. Of course, it works well to keep any type of toy organized into different categories, and even for laundry, too!