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Not your mother’s toy box

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Swoon-worthy toy storage

Toy storage has come a long way from bland wooden boxes! One look at these stylish storage solutions and you’ll actually be welcoming more toys in your home so you’ll have an excuse to buy them!

If your house is starting to look less like a home and more like a Toys"R"Us, don't fret. Multipurpose toy storage can merge both form and function without sacrificing your home decor.

Dual-purpose modern

P'kolino storage chest

This P'kolino storage chest (My Urban Child, $72) is a modern take on a classic toy box. It comes with a reversible chalkboard lid, is large enough to stash toys, even stuffed animals, but small enough to be stored in small spaces. Plus, it’s easy to move from room-to-room with its lightweight design and wheels on the bottom. Not only is this sleek little storage box adorable, but the reversible chalkboard lid means you get play and utility in one compact piece!

Bye bye book clutter

P'kolino bookshelf

Books are some of the best toys kids can have, but they're not always the easiest toys to keep neat. This P'kolino Playful Book Shelf (Baby Age, $108) has three shelves for books on the top as well as a large storage space on the bottom. Each forward-facing book shelf has chalkboard tabs, plus there's a chalkboard-painted sliding door below, so you can organize and personalize in style! It comes in a black and white color combo, bright fuchsia or bold cobalt blue.

Safe and stylish

Storage ottoman

If you have little ones who are just learning to walk, you’ll love this Safavieh Layla Storage Ottoman (Wayfair, $150). The round design means you can keep it in your living room as accent furniture and let your little ones loose, without worrying that they might run into sharp corners or edges. Plus, with its plush, tufted top, it can pull double duty as an ottoman or end table. This multipurpose piece is perfect for toys, books and anything else you might need to stash in your living room... 10 minutes before company arrives, of course!

Clever cubbies

Clever cubbies

Few things beat cubbies and storage bins when it comes to organizing small toys and keeping different types of building blocks in their separate spaces. If you lean toward sleek and simple when it comes to style and you don’t want to compromise that for classroom-style cubbies, pick up an Expedit shelving unit (Ikea, $60) and use it as a sideboard. By turning the shelving unit on its side, you can create cubbies that are within your little one’s reach. Plus, the unit can also serve as a bench that they can sit on or as a surface for puzzles. If you like to change up your decor often, you can always match your new playroom color palette or your child’s favorite new fad simply by swapping out the storage boxes!

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