Any parent will tell you that for a healthy and harmonious home life, you need toy storage that allows your little treasures to access their favourite teddy bears or building blocks quickly, easily and without tears.
When searching for wardrobes in Perth you may find that conventional storage units – like those that keep your clothes away from the explorative nature of your children’s sticky fingers, or those elegant pine bookcases – might not always be the right idea.
Boxes, boxes, boxes
Stacking flimsy boxes on top of each other, or keeping a treasure chest of toys that can only be opened by some fidgety buckle, will only frustrate and upset your little ones and can even be a hindrance to you when you’re trying to find something to pacify them with.
Toy storage is a matter of taking into account how your kids reach for their playthings before they start imagining that they’re the space travellers, adventurers or the master builders of the future.
Put yourself in their place, literally. If they can’t open complicated fasteners or reach up to shelving that’s beyond their grasp, then it makes sense to try and accommodate them a little more.
Yet at the same time, there’s a balancing act to be undertaken, because the adults of the house have their own requirements related to toy storage too. They want something that complements the carefully chosen décor of a living room, bathroom, child’s bedroom or playroom. A series of luridly coloured plastic boxes would be effective, but they’d stick out like a sore thumb in your tastefully decorated, beautiful home.
Lifestyle Wardrobes WA can help you find a series of solutions that are easy for children to use and which will encourage them to tidy up after themselves. They’re also made with interior design as well as practicality at the forefront of their application.
Easy playtime in the playroom
The whole point of a playroom is to provide a safe environment in which your child or children can play.
It’s a room that will foster their sense of wonder in the world as they grow into it. And as such, it’s the perfect blank canvas that you can decorate and accessorise in your child’s own image, aiding their learning as you go.
Colour their world
Because the youngster rules the roost in the playroom, you can be bold with your storage solutions that you provide for them. Have you ever thought about colour-coding toys into boxes, such as those that are related to nature being put in green boxes? How about all toys that are to do with the deep blue sea going in a box of the same colour? That’s how storage can aid a child’s educational development.
However you choose to put them away, accessibility is always the key factor for your loved ones’ toys. The fewer number of movements a child needs to make to reach their toys, the better. This is why stacking and packing them tightly won’t work.
Tidy up time
And if you want to encourage your little ones to use the storage rather than you having to clear up after them, why not make the end of playtime just as fun as the main event? Try saying that you’ll time how long it takes them to clear up after themselves, with an appropriate rewards system in place.
It could work wonders for how the playroom is restored to a semblance of order!
Their room, their rules
As a child grows older, they learn to value any space which they can call their own. If they’re lucky enough to have their own bedroom, this will likely be their refuge from school and having to eat their vegetables!
It’s therefore vital to get things right when choosing how to style their cocoon from the outside world. A child’s tastes will vary just as much as an adult’s over the passage of time, so the decorative motifs that they like when they’re four won’t be the same when they’re eight.
Substance over style
But if you invest in structure over fads, you can still have the foundations for a room that can naturally evolve as they get older and their tastes change from cartoon characters and fairy stories to sports and lifestyle choices.
Consider camp beds with plentiful storage and desks for when homework becomes a part of life, or hanging pouches or hammocks from picture rails and ceiling hooks to keep floors clear of soft toys for younger children.
Trundles beneath beds can also provide more room if floor space is at a premium for larger-scale toys such as train sets.
Bring in your child’s personality with a roller blind that can simply be exchanged for one of a different design as their interests change with age, rather than continually changing curtains. A solid-hued blind is a beautifully sober, yet understated, final flourish to a teenage bedroom.
The wetter the better
The smallest room in the house is one of the hardest in which to store toys. With cleanliness being the key here, you obviously want to make sure that your children enjoy their bath time so that they’ll agree to it, but you also want to keep the room clear and uncluttered for when it’s time for your own relaxing soak.
Cupboards under sinks can quickly become overrun with bottles of shampoos and other potions belonging to the adults, never mind toys. Think about keeping bath toys in buckets or free-hanging storage units, which are designed with the storage of beauty products in mind.
Novel ways to store bath toys
It may sound like an unlikely solution, but it’s simply an updated version of the kind of brightly coloured, younger child’s bath toy storage, which sticks to tiles using sucker pads. And in one fell swoop, you’ve reclaimed the edges of your bath for candles and bubble baths for when it’s ‘me time’.
Lastly, you could also look into using a separate laundry basket into which toys could be thrown. Look for wash bins with removable liners that can be washed to keep them hygienic and free from any germs, which might lurk in standing water.
No more surface tension
We all know how much children enjoy playing with fluids like paint or watery clay, the like of which can wreak havoc on your carefully chosen surfaces. If it’s messy, it’s a fair bet they’ll love it.
Obviously, if your child’s homework involves finger-painting or using coloured pens at the kitchen table, it’s wise to cover the delicate wooden table top. Our choice would be to do so with an oilcloth; it’s resilient and strong as it soaks up spills, but it can also be folded up and taken outside to shake the erstwhile Christmas glitter – which gets where water can’t – from it.
Easy to clean
It can be cut down to the relevant size of your table so that it gives a much sleeker look, rather than over-hanging messily and looking like a mere stopgap instead of a deliberate solution to a messy problem.
If your kitchen is large enough, you could also look at incorporating a small corner of it as a designated play area. That way, you’ll be able to keep an eye on the children as they play while you cook, clean and run your household.
There’s a range of smaller toy boxes that can hold all the materials needed for fluid play in the kitchen corner, so they’re not being moved around the house in the same way a favoured teddy bear would be.
…And the living is easy
If you don’t have a dedicated playroom, the living room is the natural choice of room for your child to welcome their friends when it’s their turn to host a play date.
You don’t want to be dragging furniture out of the room when you welcome the hordes, so why not make the furniture that stays there all the time work for you?
As well as magazines and any other ephemera that finds its way into the home in this modern age, coffee tables can store all kinds of toys and play materials in deep drawers.
Keep it simple
What’s more, fabric drawers can be used to carry toys or anything else your child uses to play whilst also retaining the characteristic look and feel of the room. Match them with your wallpaper or your sofa’s upholstery so that you’re still definitively on-brand in a way of your own choosing.
Footstools or larger chest-style seating can also double up as handy toy boxes, and they’ll be designed with the ambience of the busy family living room in mind. And then, as your children get older and their toy collections decrease, they can go back to being used to house whatever you choose. They might even house toys for your grandchildren.
Smaller storage units featuring many boxes with window fronts are ideal for that most universal of toys – building blocks. Children can see instantly what goes where and clear up after they’ve used it – an outcome that anyone who’s stood on a Lego brick in the dark of the night will see as the most positive of outcomes!
Customised storage solutions
Call Lifestyle Wardrobes WA today on 08 9303 9962 to find out more about custom storage solutions that work for both you and your kid’s.