cheap kid storage solution

From the word go as a parent I’ve wondered how to go about decorating the way I like while integrating all the gear that comes with kids. While I know that IKEA gets a bad rap for being really cheap, it has saved my hide time and again when it comes to decorating. Especially in small spaces, and with children. Not many companies are conscious of children in their design, but IKEA is, and I love them for it.

Take for example, my study. It’s the first room people see when they enter my home and it’s my office as well as being the main play area for my children. It wasn’t my idea to design it this way, but I’m trying to make the best of it. And that means that I get to hang out with my kids at the epicenter of activity in our home while I’m working. This has been a bit of a challenge as far as storage goes, and the best solution I’ve found is using these bins from IKEA. Sure they’re not the prettiest, but they’re indestructible, they fit almost any space, and they were literally .99 cents when I bought them. They may have gone up to $1.49, but they’re worth the extra .50 cents, trust me.


Here are the bookshelves in my study. The pretty decorations, special books, and other things not to be touched by the kids go up high, and everything on the bottom two shelves belongs to the children. It’s a fair compromise.


This stuff? Not within reach.


This too.


And this sand-disaster-waiting-to-happen? Too high. Also, it’s off limits and the kids know it.


I’ve labeled the bins so I know where everything goes. Vehicles, train set, Lego’s, etc. I could put photos on them, but I guarantee they’d be ripped off by day two. So I made it simple and put labels. The kids know where everything goes.

See? Vehicles. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

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Allison

Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

5 Comments

  1. KJ :

    I surely love my IKEA bins. I should share a photo.

  2. Kat :

    Love this. I have tried and tried to keep things simple, but the toys are taking over every room in my house. I have actually started using the baby wipe boxes as small toy containers. They actually work great for us (for now).

  3. Josie :

    wow- I LOVE it! Gorgeous work! Wish I had something beautiful like that!

  4. ANGELIA CROUCH :

    Ikea is also kid friendly in that they provide anchor hardware to secure the shelves to the wall in case the little gets any ideas

  5. the HeartTongues :

    I love, love IKEA. So many things in my home are from there!! I have their deeper, square translucent bins for toy boxes. That go perfectly along with their square-holed bookshelf. Which matches their dresser we got for my girl. … :) Great arranging on your shelves, by the way.