Toy takeover? It’s a real thing. If you’re struggling to see the floor, or they can’t get into bed for softies, then it might be time to consider some creative stowaway solutions. To help you claim back your space - and possibly your sanity - we’ve even sorted our storage collection into tidy categories. Marie Kondo, eat your heart out!
1. PLAYFUL PICKS
Combined with a kid's ingenuity, storage solutions can be more than just a practical product - they can be integrated into play too. The colourful House Toy Box by Djeco doubles as a doll’s house. Use it to store whatever you like - from blankets to toy cars or animals - but tipped out, it becomes an ideal spot for small world fun.
Olli Ella's Luggy and Strolley are spot on for storing anything from their soft toys to their play food, but just like a ‘proper’ shopping trolley and pram, they'll take centre stage at playtime too. The Plan Toys Wagon is another good pick for joyrides and stowing teddy collections.
With space at home often at a premium, bulky storage is a no-no. Stackable crates like Aykasa's are great for keeping order without taking up acreage. In three different sizes and a riot of colours to complement your decor, you can fold them away when they're empty, too. No wonder we can hardly keep them in stock!
If you're after more of an industrial, old-school look, the Kids Depot Metal Storage Boxes are really robust, with easy-access at the front and label windows too. They come in cool grey and deep blue - why not buy a few in both shades to create a wall of genius tidy space?
3. SOFT OPTIONS
A durable canvas bag is great for keeping toys of different sizes off the floor; it's so easy to throw and go, so even the smallest family members can help tidy up. Ferm Living's lovely designs look great hanging from a hook on the back of the door or styled in reading nooks. They also double up as laundry bags.
Also huge sellers for us are Play & Go's brilliant Storage Bags. With loads of colour and pattern options, they open up easily into an attractive play mat but gather up in a trice too - ideal for storing wooden blocks, Lego or toy car collections - especially the road map option. For outdoorsy kids, they even have a waterproof version, so they can take their kit with them to the park or beach - and not leave half of it there.
We also love love love the Minene Large Storage Basket for their size and super-cool designs - the shades and patterns are so on trend. In fact, they're so chic you could use them all over the house. Which, let's face it, is where all the toys usually are :)
4. PERFECT PAIRS
There's something about a pair of anything that just looks tidier. With that in mind, we stock lots of great double acts, like the Kids Depot Mess/Stuff Storage Set. We also rate the Kid's Concept Paper Suitcase Set of 2 and Round Storage Boxes Set of 2, because they're fun for all sorts of play, look cute stacked together on a shelf and fit inside each other to save space too.
So there you have it - tactics to tackle toy takeover. The best of luck - and may the floorspace be with you....