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...Or, How to Make it Look Like You Don't Have Kids!

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When it comes to kids' stuff, the less of it you see, the more calm and uncluttered your home will feel. To minimize it from your sightline, I suggest designating a central repository (or two) for the majority of playthings to be housed (i.e. kids' room, playroom, basement, etc.). All other areas should be 'no parking' zones for toys in plain sight. (Click here for more on organizing kids' stuff).

Of course, you're going to need that LEGO set or firetruck to occupy your little one while you're in the kitchen making dinner or entertaining in the living room. This necessitates space for a few toys in your main living area. The best way to do this is by multitasking your existing furniture and storage. Below is a list of things that have served as toy storage, while preserving style in our living room.

1. TV Console

Our mid-century credenza does triple duty as a TV stand, junk drawers (more to come on junk drawers in a future post), and toy storage.

The two largest compartments stow toys, puzzles, books and bins of LEGO in all stages of completion. They're intentionally only semi-full to account for the inevitable trickle through of additional toys.

We got the above vintage credenza pre-loved from Guff in Toronto, a few years ago.


Shop this idea:

Manhattan Mid-Century Modern Buffet Stand ($101.29).

New Accent Furnishings Mid Century Modern TV Console ($299).

Coaster Home Furnishings TV Console ($173.74).

AmazonBasics Foldable Storage Cubes - 6 pack ($15.79).


2. Storage Bench

As far as utility goes, there's no single better piece of furniture: storage and seating in one! We don't have one (just yet...), but I've had my eye on the 'mid-century storage bench' from West Elm:


Shop this idea:

Simplii storage ottoman

Simplii Storage Ottoman ($115.92).

Rivet storage ottoman blue

Rivet Storage Ottoman ($54.99).

Seville Classics Foldable Storage Bench Ottoman ($34.99).


3. Baskets

Baskets are a versatile way to store kids’ toys and books alongside your own miscellany. They're also a great way to add texture to a room. To introduce a further layer of concealment, you can stow the basket where the contents are out of sight, like under this side table in our living room:

Stick to items that lie lower than the basket rim for a cleaner look:

...Or cloak the contents with a throw:

Peek-a-boo, toys--I don't want to see you!

You can get the above baskets at CB2 and West Elm:

1. Conway large white rope basket ($199 cad, CB2).

2. Braided storage bin ($29 usd, West Elm).