Organizing Solutions for Boys

Darla DeMorrow

A friend recently asked about best storage gear for young boys. My girls are tough on their things, but my friends’ boys are even harder! So I’m on a mission to find the best storage for those boy toys that need to be corralled.

Heavy duty. Galvanized metal is a great design choice for the guys. It’s one material that looks better with a little wear, and it’s pretty easy to label. They are likely to last much longer than plastic boxes. If you are afraid of sharp corners, check out tubs and buckets like these.

Go around it. These metal bins from Ikea are a good size, have uncomplicated lids, and come in fun colors.
Lake living. These heavy duty bins from Lakeshore Learning are battle tested. They come in bright colors and stack well. My library has bins from this company, and they hold up really well.
< Convertible. I love these bags/bins from ‘Lina Bean. With handles up, these bags are easy for your guys to tote around. With the handles down, they are colorful bins that are great storage for dinos or Legos.
Unbreakable. These look like standard dollar store bins, but The Container Store claims these clear bins are nearly unbreakable. You’re boys will undoubtedly test that. They are priced well and even come in economy packs. Clear bins are great to keep their treasures accessible but still contained

Hey good looking. My recent favorites are the Rubbermaid Bento boxes. With a rigid form covered by a fabric finish, they are nice enough to store toys in your living room, like we do. They have a secret inside, flexible pockets that will help this storage grow with your kids, and will allow you to repurpose them into other areas of your home.
31 choices. Have you seen the cute bags from Thirty-One Gifts? I like these bins because they come in great patterns (many of them girly, some of them not) and can be personalized with embroidered names or toy categories.
Lego. We can’t leave this topic without locking onto the obvious. Have you seen these X-large Lego Storage Bricks? So cute.

Darla DeMorrow is a Wayne, PA mom, professional organizer and author. This post was adapted from her blog  Heartwork Organizing.

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