7 tips for organizing toys


Today I have 7 tips for organizing toys and some ideas for containing the clutter in a stylish way.

Let’s face it… kids make messes and create clutter. Between all the toys, art work, shoes, stuffed animals and blankets, I feel like I am constantly reminding my kids to pick up. We have a basement downstairs for the toys, but they always seem to bring them upstairs which creates a mess. I was super excited when HomeGoods asked me to partner up with them on tips to organize in style because I knew I needed to get more organized myself.

I decided the best way to contain the clutter upstairs was to create a little toy area for the kids to store their toys and crafts. They were so excited about their new space and so far have been great about keeping it clean!

Organized play room space



DIY pencil holder

1. Transform a toothbrush holder into a fun pencil holder. Use a couple coats of spray paint to change up the color and dress up your space.

DIY wrapping paper art

2. Pick up an old frame and turn into a piece of art. Wrap a piece of cardboard with wrapping paper and hot glue metal clips on top. Place the cardboard inside the frame and use this space to hang up your children’s beautiful art work.

Toys in a basket

3. Wicker baskets are a convenient and classy way to hide toys and gadgets in the living room. They come in all different sizes and work great for storing blankets, pillows and even shoes too. Pick one big enough to hold lots of toys!

Block holder

4. Turn a condiment holder into a unique toy holder. The kids can stack blocks inside and it turns into a fun piece of décor on the book shelf.

Coloring book holder

5. Use a dish rack to store coloring books and art work. This fun piece will keep the books organized and will be an easy access for the kids to keep the space clean.

toy ball holder

6. Flip over a garden table to store balls and toys. This piece adds a unique touch to your living space, but also keeps the toys organized.

Play dough holder

7. Use a kitchen container to store play dough and miscellaneous toys. Add a chalkboard label to dress it up. You can also use cookie cutters and rolling pins for the kids to cut and roll out the play dough. The kids love this activity and it keeps the toys organized in a pretty container.

Play room space by I Heart Nap Time 1

There you have it! 7 tips to keep your toys more organized!

What tips do you have for keeping your toys organized? I’d love to hear your ideas.


Disclosure: This post was in partnership with HomeGoods. For more information check out their website HERE or find them online: Pinterest,Facebook and Twitter. Also, don’t miss the twitter party tomorrow night at 9pmEST. Use the #HomeGoodsHappy.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Ashlee+H. posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm (#

    Love these ideas! I love HomeGoods. Their wicker baskets are my favorite.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm (#

      I love HomeGoods too, so many wonderful things! :)

  2. Kelsey W. posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm (#

    Love these tips!

    • Jamielyn posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm (#

      Thanks Kelsey! They have definitely helped me get more organized around my home!

  3. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:34 am (#

    Your toy organization looks great! To help keep our home uncluttered with toys, my husband added a wall of shelves to our basement, and on the lower shelf, I added bins with labeled categories (e.g., stuffed animals, blocks) to organize all of my kids’ stuff.

    • Jamielyn posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm (#

      Thanks Lauren! Shelves are a great way to keep toys uncluttered, thanks for sharing! :)

  4. jennifer+@+Tatertots+&+Jello posted on May 14, 2014 at 11:42 am (#

    Great tips!!


  5. Stefany posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm (#

    That Playdoh in clear containers idea is genius- will incorporate in my daughter’s room- love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm (#

      Thanks Stefany! We love Playdoh around here and use it multiple times a week so we had to keep it handy but easy to put away! :)

  6. Kristyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm (#

    Turned out great!!! LOVE it… and I LOVE HomeGoods!

    • Jamielyn posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm (#

      Thanks girl! HomeGoods is the BEST!

  7. Jamila posted on May 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm (#

    I love the garden table idea, that’s so unique! Keeps the balls from rolling all over place and it’s decorative. Love it!!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm (#

      Thank you Jamila! Organizing our toys this way has been perfect…decorative for me and organized for my two kids!

  8. Megan G posted on May 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm (#

    I love the striped bins! Are those from HomeGoods as well?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm (#

      Hi Megan! They are actually from Land of Nods…it’s an online store! :)

  9. Erin Howell posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:21 am (#

    Hi!  Where is the wicker basket from?  Home Goods??  

    • Jamielyn posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm (#

      Yep, I found it at Home Goods! :)

  10. Nicole Porter posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:17 am (#

    where did you buy the cube organizer??

    • Jamielyn posted on May 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm (#

      Hi Nicole! I found it at Target!

  11. l collins posted on August 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm (#

    Curious what paint color this is?

  12. Angelika posted on January 15, 2017 at 11:17 pm (#

    Love all these play room ideas! Can you tell me where you purchased your stripped baskets inside the wooden block shelving?! Thanks!!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 16, 2017 at 8:27 am (#

      I got them at Homegoods, nearly three years ago. :)