Updated: May 9, 2015
Toy Chest Reviews:Trying to organize or at least put away kids toys can be an ongoing problem. It seems that one minute you have your house totally clean and the next toys are strewn all over the floors. Parents are constantly battling "clutter" with little ones and I have to admit that I can't blame it all on my kids. We have bought them so much stuff over the years that there really is no place for it all. We recently looked into buying some toy chests so that we could at least put away the larger items. The toy chest we purchased is large enough to hold dozens of toys and the hinges on the lid don't allow for anyone to slam it shut which makes it safe for even toddlers to use. We currently load it up with stuffed animals, play instruments, barbies, and more. The one downside to toy storage in a chest is that you can't really put things like legos or smaller items or else they get all mixed up. The one way around that is to buy individual storage bins or boxes, load them up with toys like legos, and then put them in the large toy chest.
When it comes to toy boxes, always try to find a wooden toy chest if possible, they will hold up better than the plastic ones. We found toy chests for boys or girls - Disney has the Princess toy chest which has princesses on it and it's a hot item with younger girls. For the boys, we recommended a sports toy chest - you can find all the Guidecraft sports toy chests here - choose from your favorite team like the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers. The Limited Edition Toy Chest from Kidcraft is a solidly made wooden toy box that is easy to put together and use. Some of the wooden models actually have separators within the storage compartment so that it makes for a more organized system. Also, once the lid is closed, these toy chests function as a basic bench in your house. Our kids have always played with the chest - they climb inside it and sit on top as well. Although we don't like most of the plastic toy chests on the market, one that does get excellent ratings from owners is the Little Tikes Primary Colors Toy Chest and it sells for about $60. You can find dozens of toy chest reviews online at Amazon.com as their site is loaded with customer feedback and opinions on all the products. Other stores that carry kids toy chests are Ikea, Target, Walmart, and Sears. You can browse the top selling toy chests online here.