How to Organize Toy Clutter in Your Home

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I hate clutter. I mean absolutely hate it. The problem is, clutter always seems to find me. It’s a constant battle especially when you have little kids at home. While I do periodically go through my daughter’s toy collection and purge regularly, the actual size of her toys have grown over the years. Not having a “iron clad” system was costing me clutter and sanity.

Everything is not small and cute like it use to be when she was younger. Now, toys are bigger, clunkier and for some reason come with a convenient carrying case. Initially, we had one cute storage box to keep all the toys from view. But, we quickly lost that battle and it turned into this:

Easy and practical tools to use to organize toys clutter in your home
Unorganized toy clutter. It started out being organized with that square Parisian box but then quickly morphed into something much more.

I finally found a solution that did not require me to be too crafty and fit in perfectly with the decor of our “sun room”. This organizing system is from Pottery Barn Kids. They have all sorts of great organizing solutions for kids’ spaces.

Organized toy shelf

I love the fact that is has all of these great large spaces for different sized toys, books and more.

Basket of balls

We purchased the baskets and placards separately (also from Pottery Barn). It’s a great convenience having signs that you can change whenever you please.

Basket of arts and crafts

The key to keeping toy clutter under control is having a system the works. Sorting the toys and games is a tremendous help. My daughter is three.  Categories like balls, small toys, arts-crafts and puzzles work for us right now. Large bulk toys were placed in the last row of the organizer.

basket of puzzles

Not only does this system look great and keep the clutter under control but, my daughter loves knowing where to find whatever toys she needs.

basket of small toys

Her books and other reading material was placed on the top shelf. We typically help her to access those and we can read to her whatever she pleases.

organized kids books on shelf

Just in case you want to know what we did with that cute Parisian box that could not contain the clutter…

European toy box

It now houses all of her plush toys and gifts.

box of plush toys


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  • Comments ( 9 )

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    What a stylish, yet functional solution! I love the chalkboard signs since they can easily be changed as your children’s preferences change.

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      Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist

      Yes Kelly! They are so practical.

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    Cindy Hopper

    This is a great before and after! Thanks for linking up with Skip to my Lou!

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      Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist

      Thanks Cindy. You throw awesome party!

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    I need to do this! I love your baskets and labels. It’s amazing how having a place for everything really helps keep everything clean and organized. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day.
    P.S. Don’t you love the book Little Blue Truck?

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      Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist

      I totally do Brooke. It’s one of our faves. “Beep, beep goes the little blue truck”. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    Ela @

    Awesome job! My sons’ toys are starting to occupy our small town home living room. I am planning to add some shelving and bins. I am still working on with my hubby. lol! Found you at Made by you Monday.

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      Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist

      Ela, it feels so good to finally have it “under wraps”. It can be so daunting.

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