by Lisa O’Neill, Lead Designer of Lisa Wilkin Interiors – based in the Southern Highlands NSW
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There is no denying that with kids, comes stuff. The key to surviving all the stuff that comes with kids, is storage really. As children get older, you find yourself and your house inundated with their toys and the never ending pile of things that just somehow accumulate. By choosing smart storage solutions when the kids are younger, you can be sure that you will have systems in place that can grow with their needs and it will also help to keep the kids in check when it comes time to clean the room.
Let’s separate the storage from the bedroom to a playroom. If you have the space, a playroom setup is always a great idea. Alternatively, this could be a nook in the living area or another room of the house. It doesn’t have to be huge, just somewhere that their toys can live.
The joys of ever changing style, has meant that we no longer need to have just a big, heavy toy boxes, we can now have really beautiful storage systems that can enhance the space. There is so many new options for storage ottomans that you would never even know the toys are hiding under your feet.
The most versatile storage for toys would have to be the cube storage. The idea with this is, finding a really fun storage box that can work with your home interior. As the children get older, this is perfect for a book shelf for their text books or can be used for a display in any other room of the house. This is a smart storage investment because it can be used in so many ways. In terms of storage boxes for cube storage system, a great way to help kids find what they need is to store like items, with like items ie- automobiles in one, puzzles in another, blocks in their own box. By grouping items, it makes it easier for the kids to find but also to remember where it all goes when it is time to pack up.
If you are short on space, the idea of the bookshelf cupboards are always great! Especially if the kids are getting old enough to take an interest in books. Books always become a great piece of art when styling a room, so this is a great way to add a little interest in a nook of the house or giving an anchor point in a playroom. You can even just opt for the kids tiered bookshelves to create their own mini library in the playroom (or bedroom) and encourage their reading.
For young children, small tables and chairs are always a great idea to find a home somewhere in the space. These are perfect for them to sit and draw at, to craft at or even to sit and build lego for hours. Desks can often have storage built in them, which makes keeping their stationary and papers tucked away until they want to play with them. It also keeps it close enough that they are able to get things out themselves and promotes independent play.
For those larger toys and if you have the space for it, a funky storage chest never goes astray. With so many styles and colours to choose from, you can pick one that accentuates the space. If you can find one with a lid, even better because this not only hides the toys but can also be used for seating which can come in handy for story time or be used as a table top.