15 Organization Ideas to Make Your Playroom Adult-Friendly

Because playrooms and adults can peacefully coexist.

The kids are back in school, but the playroom floor is still littered with toys? It might be time to try some new organization tactics. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas for keeping the most kid-friendly room in your home adult-friendly, too.

Kitchen Containers for Small Toys

DIY Storage Solutions

Clear Kitchen Containers Repurposed as Toy Storage

These clear kitchen containers work well as repurposed toy storage for a kids' playroom.

Photo by: Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Keep small toys and playdough corralled in clear kitchen containers. Attach fun labels for a cutesy touch.

Garden Stool for Balls

Repurposed Storage Solutions

Wire Garden Stool Repurposed as Toy Storage

This wire garden stool has been cleverly repurposed as toy storage for rubber balls.

Photo by: Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Flip a colorful garden stool upside down for a stylish place to store the ever-growing collection of balls in your playroom.

Hack a Shoe Rack

Dolls Stored on Shoe Rack

Dolls Stored on Shoe Rack

Plastic bins and tubs are one solution for storing a collection of fashion dolls, but there are other options. In this closet, a women's slide-out shoe rack has cleverly been used for display storage of a group of fashion dolls. The "arms" secure each figure to the rack, which keeps all the dolls in plain sight and within easy reach.

Photo by: Organized Living

A shoe rack creates movie theater-style seating for your child's doll collection.

Condiment Caddy for Blocks

Storage Solutions For The Playroom

Condiment Holder Repurposed as Toy Storage

An ordinary condiment holder can be repurposed as kids' toy storage for wooden blocks.

Photo by: Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Store and display colorful blocks in a condiment caddy.

Numbered Bins

Transitional Playroom

Functional Storage in Transitional Playroom

Numbered bins and concealed storage make for a functional corner in this transitional playroom. A ladder helps young users reach items on the upper shelves.

Photo by: Kristen Forgione

Kristen Forgione

If you don’t want clear storage bins but tend to be forgetful, opt for numbered storage bins. Create a system to keep yourself organized and make toy cleanup a breeze.

Big Baskets

Storage Solutions In Playroom

Wicker Basket Repurposed as Toy Storage

Wicker basket are a great way to hide toys and still add classy design to a space. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes making the baskets perfect to hide any bulking animals, toys, or blankets when not in use.

Photo by: Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods

Large baskets are a great way to store (and hide) stuffed animals and toys alike.

Dress-Up Clothes Rack

Little Girl's Playroom With Stage and Dress-Up Area

Little Girl's Playroom With Stage and Dress-Up Area

A curtained stage, microphone and dress-up area make this playroom any little girl's dream.

Do you have a dress-up diva on your hands? Create a small hanging rack just for dress-up clothes. Not only is it functional, but it’s pretty adorable, too!

Wood Storage Bins

Neutral Contemporary Playroom With Modern White Chairs & Table

Contemporary Playroom With Mod White Chairs and Wooden Storage Bins

Modern white chairs bring some smooth curves to the edges and corners in this playroom. A white table provides a workspace and can conceal storage beneath. Wooden storage bins bring a beautiful, rich color to the room and allow for easy pick up. A neutral graphic rug meshes with the wood, white and neutral wall color.

Photo by: Cherie Cordellos Photography

Cherie Cordellos Photography

Sleek wood storage bins slide under this modern play table, but they would work well lined against a wall, too.

Window Seats

Modern White Playroom With Large Windows and White Floors

Clean, Modern Playroom Offers Colorful Bench Seating

A white bench with colorful cushions wraps around the windowed wall in this spacious playroom. The cheery cushions pair with a dyed rug to bring bright, kid-friendly color to the clean, modern space.

Photo by: D2 Interieurs

D2 Interieurs

Take advantage of windows in your space with window seats, which can serve double duty as seating and hidden storage (score!).

Lego Storage

Lego Storage With Built-In Desk in Basement Playroom

Basement Playroom Wall-to-Wall Lego Storage With Desk

This spacious basement playroom features built-in shelving with pullout containers fit for organizing small pieces. The wall-to-wall storage unit includes a built-in desk, providing the perfect spot for piecing together complicated Lego designs.

Photo by: John G. Wilbanks Photography

John G. Wilbanks Photography

If your playroom has been overtaken with tiny toys, an organization system like this one might be just what you need — and your little Lego lover’s dream come true.

Ladder for Toy Storage



Combine form and function by storing toys on a ladder that coordinates with your design scheme. A leaning ladder serves the same purpose as a shelf but adds an element of interest to your room.

Floating Bookshelves



Floating bookshelves are the perfect option if you’re short on space in your playroom. These three white shelves create an instant reading nook without occupying any floor space.

Desk Storage

Art desk with green map of the world

Child's Playroom Art Desk with Frame Patterned Wallpaper

This modern kids' playroom features frame-patterned wallpaper and an art desk with a pair of apple green chairs. The top of the desk slides forward to provide extra storage while allowing for plenty of space to draw, paint or read.

At your art station, opt for a desk with maximum storage space.


Blue & Orange Cubbies Built Around Corner of Room

Multicolored Playroom Cubbies

Built across two walls in the playroom, multicolored cubbies boast plenty of storage for games, toys and stuffed animals.

Photo by: Eisner Design

Eisner Design

Probably the most common type of playroom organization system, cubbies represent functionality at its finest. But this playroom shows that they can be totally trendy, too — clean lines and happy colors, FTW!

Built-Ins + Bins

Baseball-Themed Playroom With Wall of Storage Containers and TV

Rustic Playroom Features Baseball Theme

Whitewashed cabinets, hardwood finishes and distressed accessories keep the rustic atmosphere in this baseball-themed playroom.

Photo by: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

If you’re working with built-ins, take full advantage of every square inch by filling empty shelves with storage bins. Make sure you buy bins that coordinate with the look of your cabinets. Here, rustic bins blend beautifully with the weathered wood cabinetry.

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