Ask Estee: Stylish Solutions For Hiding Kids Toys

Kids are cute. Thousands of toys aren't. Our Editor-At-Large explains where to put 'em.

play-estee Q. Do you have any ideas for hiding kids toys?  A. Adding kids to the mix doesn't mean sacrificing style. My motto is contain, contain, contain. You don't want your home to look like it's been hit with a Toys 'R Us tornado. Here's my three pronged approach: Serious Storage: If you don't have a lot of closet space, get something wall mounted from Ikea. I particularly like the Ivar Cabinets which are untreated pine and can be painted any color you choose. If you do have closets, make sure you're maximizing all the space. These days, you can customize your closets for relatively cheap at The Container Store.
Baskets Galore: Until tiny tots can be taught to do it themselves, keep baskets at the ready. I love these woven Zebra Print Baskets. Senegalese Baskets come with lids, so they're especially good for hiding toys. Dedicated Play Space: If you can, set aside a playroom for children. It may even make sense to have two siblings share a room and turn the second one into a playroom. If you're short on space, give them a specific area of the living room to keep there things. Pint size storage from Land of Nod will encourage them to clean up after a fun-filled day. estee-signature-layout Photograph: Courtesy of Estee Stanley
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