Updated: May 9, 2015
Toy Organizer Reviews:As the parent of two kids (ages 8 and 4) I have come to the conclusion that it's pretty much impossible to keep their toys organized. The clutter builds up so fast that you don't even want to clean up knowing that it will all magically appear tomorrow and the next day and so on. Kids toys come with so many pieces and parts these days that I feel overwhelmed when I try to help them clean up. I even feel sorry for them when they complain about putting things away. I often don't even know where to start - all the toy chests and storage devices we have bought in the past seem to just add to the confusion and all the toys get jumbled together and pieces are completely mixed up. I have given up on toy chests since they don't actually help you separate toys, instead you use them as a simple toy storage container and that doesn't solve a thing. As a New Year's resolution I promised myself I would get my kids toys in order and help them achieve some organizational plan.
We set out looking for a toy organizer with bins so that each all the toys could be put away individually and hopefully keep them from getting intermixed with others. There's nothing like finding legos in the Barbie bin. I knew this wouldn't be foolproof, but buying a toy organizer for kids was my only solution. You will find a variety of toy organizer furniture - some have shelves, others feature bins or containers, and the best have lids that go on the bins. A few of the toy storage organizers had fabric bins, but I prefer the hard plastic containers for their durability. The toy organizer at Ikea (Expedit) sells for $160 - it's really more of a bookshelf but perfect for stuffing toys, kids books, puzzle, and more into the separate storage compartments. Target has some toy storage bins - the Disney Princess is a 9 bin unit but reviews on this model are less than average. Some owners of toy organizers with shelves swear by them - a few even had them installed permanently in playrooms or kids closets. I like the shelving system, but they are often quite large (like the one from Ikea) and therefore impractical for those with less room to work with. The bin storage organizers for toys are still the best - many offer 4 to 12 bin containers, usually with different color patterns. The shelves are often tilted just a bit so that the bins sit on the rods that go across the storage unit. Some have flat shelving and the bins do come with lids so that even if the littlest kids in the house knock them over, the contents won't spill out. Expect to spend between $35 and $100 for a decent toy storage bin system and much more for those complete storage solutions that stores like Ikea sell. You can browse the top selling toy storage organizers online here.