I find one of the hardest parts to keeping my house "pretty" is the organization of their toys and belongings. There is nothing like having a bright red ball sitting in a room that you have grey painted walls and white furniture. Lucky for the ones that have basements to hide all this non-appealing endless supply of TOYS in. For this lady...I have not one extra inch of space to keep the kids stuff after shoving most of it into their bedroom closets.
SO, I had to learn to live with it! And there is only one way to do that....use their belongings as part of the room and hide what is not appealing in decorative storage spaces that will work with your house. I promise it is possible!
Here is what I've done in my home...this is the main area that I store their toys besides their bedrooms and I found smart ways to conceal their toys or use them as part of the decoration.
Above is a new/old table for the kids. The hubby found this Pottery Barn Kids Table on the side of the road last week. Eek can you believe it? I know I was thrilled to see four legs pulling into the driveway on the roof of his care last week. He knows what woos me! I painted the top with chalk paint, and cleaned up the chairs...like brand new! The table matches our decor in this space and it is a great place the kids can play and do projects. By adding decorative accessories to the table it helps to keep the table sophisticated to fit within this space.
Since the kids love using their new table to do crafts and coloring. I decided to add a hidden storage spot for their crayons to make it easy to grab, yet pretty for me!
And ready for coloring time!
The above photo is concealing tons of toys, but you can definitely see one toy peaking out from the corner of this photo.I love decorative pillows just because they add a cozy feeling to the room, but they are also great to use when you get that unwanted stain on your couch. My kids don't hesitate to destroy the couches. I have stains no matter how many times I clean them. I have to say it is not their fault, I am the one that loves light colored fabric couches. So in this case when I do get a stain, I just add a pillow or throw blanket to cover it up the best I can. This couch is not too bad since the kids rarely watch TV in this room, mainly the couch and chair in our family room are usually being covered by throws and pillows. Though they have slipcovers on, the stains still do not come out that well in the wash...and it does take a lot of work taking those covers off, washing, drying, and then putting them back on...phew!
Here is that big red blob that was in the corner of my other photo. It's quite the rocker from Ikea that my kids love to play on. Something they have not yet to grow out of and I can get rid of at a yard sale. Since they use it often, I just tuck it away on the side of the couch. It is visible (since it's BRIGHT RED), but when you first enter the room you can not really notice it. Also see that toy hanging out under the couch? Yea..that's a gigantic floor keyboard the kids got from their grandparents on Christmas. It is easy to store this away right under the couch and can be taken out to play when they want. See...a spot for everything!
Can you guess where the other toys are in this room? I swear they are here...
My bookcase I bet you thought was filled with books or decorative accessories...nope just some more Kids storage.
The bookcase is close enough to our front door that I can store our winter accessories in this basket. Found this adorable basket at Target last month and thought it was a perfect solution to keep all of the winter hats and gloves together.
See I promised it would be possible to still have kids toys hanging around without creating clutter. We can still have our adult home and places for our kids to play. We are not all fortunate to have that extra room to have a playroom, or a basement space to store all the toys. I just wanted to show how I made it possible in my home and you can too.
Now for keeping those floors clean and not tripping on the toy car going down the stairs....yea I have no answers for that haha. I think the best way to think of it is that one day there wont be those little toys hanging around the house and we as parents are going to miss it like crazy. So embrace the mess sometimes, but finding smart solutions to storing and hiding messes will keep your sanity when guests come over and your having a selfish adult moment ; )
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