12 Smart Ways to Store Kids' Stuff in the Family Room

Keeping a small space tidy when you have lots of stuff doesn't have to be an epic challenge. With these easy additions and clever storage ideas, you can control clutter and make daily cleanups a whole lot easier for everyone.

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Bag 'Em Up

Make it super-easy for kids to keep toys organized with inexpensive mesh laundry bags. Hung at kid-height for easy access, they're perfect for small items like building blocks and games with multiple pieces. Plus, kids can see inside the bag without opening it!

Keep a Lid On It

Multifunctional storage can keep your family room from looking like a playroom. And for families with lots of kids, that's magical! Group several ottomans around a table to save space. If you have small kids, opt for ottomans with soft-close hinges so little fingers don't get pinched.

Coffee Table Talk

Don't overlook the potential storage a coffee table offers. Lidded baskets and bins look great in pairs and are just the right size to store oversized items like blankets and bedding.

The Art Cart

Repurpose an old kitchen cart into a kids' activity outpost. They can play around it, then store their crafting supplies inside when they're done.

Sorted + Stored

If there's more drama in your house about toys than there is on your favorite reality show, it may be time for a toy sorter. Repurpose a laundry hamper with dividers into a two-kid rolling storage unit. Simply wheel it out of the room when guests come over.

Utilize Nooks + Crannies

In a tight space, you need to exhaust all storage possibilities. If you're looking to store kid stuff, get down on their level, then scout the space for opportunities. For example, low shelves under a dining table or console can provide an ideal spot for board games, books or that dump truck you keep stumbling over.

Label With Love

Encourage little ones to clean up after themselves by labeling bins and cubbies with photos attached so they'll know what goes where. Simply cut the images straight from the toy's packaging to save time (and recycle a bit, too!).

Feeding Fido

Store pet food and treats within easy reach with a pet feeder. Older dogs appreciate the elevated bowls that minimize neck strain. And they're easy for kids to use, so you can add "feed the dog" to that chore list.

Pint-Size Functionality

Keeping their height in mind, store children's shoes and play clothes in baskets and bins low to the ground so they're more apt to clean up after themselves.

Hang It Up

Let's face it—kids aren't that great at hanging things up on hangers, but they can handle a basic wall hook. Install a few at their level to help them wrangle dress-up clothes, art smocks or jackets.

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Device Depository

An armrest organizer is a great way to save space and keep devices from getting damaged or misplaced. Set the house rule that phones, tablets and remotes stay in the organizer, and you'll have zero drama next time you turn down the volume and take that phone call.

Oversized Storage

When it comes to big toys, sometimes you need to go BIG with storage solutions. Make them collapsible so that when they're not in use, you can pop them under a bed or in the top of a closet out of sight.

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