The Best Toy Shelves All Have One Thing in Common
Ah, toy storage. The bane of my existence as a parent. When my first child was born, I was excited to receive a toy box for her first Christmas. Little did I know that the toy box would not be able to contain the massive amount of toys she would quickly accumulate. Like many other families, we have far too many toys and far too little space to keep them.
Recently, I made it a mission to reduce the number of toys in our home and to better organize the toys we do have. That is when I discovered the best type of toy shelf: cube shelf storage, or cubby shelves. (Hey, it’s not our site name for nothin’!)
Storing toys in cube or cubby shelves has so many advantages.
- It keeps toys organized by creating a defined space to store each type of toy.
- It keeps toys and books neat by preventing tipping over and spreading out, like what you’d get if you were dealing with one long shelf.
- It encourages downsizing the number of toys in your home, because you can only fit so many Polly Pockets in one cube. (I know from experience.)
- It keeps toys within reach, which encourages kids to actually play with their toys. (Pro tip: Lay the shelf on its side!)
- It makes it easier for kids to put their toys away because they know exactly where each toy is supposed to go.
- When paired with fabric boxes, it eliminates visual clutter and is great for storing small toys like LEGOs or toy cars.
When I started using cubby shelves, I found that my kids played with their toys more, and our space became more organized. My 4-year-old also enjoyed picking out the shelf for her room and personalizing it by choosing which toys to display in each cubby.
Here are some of our favorite cubby shelves, including the three I have in my home.
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