Small Toy Storage
Heeelllo! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Mine was busy and filled with good times and wonderful friends – those are the best kinds of weekends! I know I owe you Part II of my Reflections on a No Spend Lent, but it feels like forever since I’ve posted a fresh project here (which I know isn’t really the case, but I was antsy to share this project anyway!). I will have that Part II post up for you here on Wednesday; but first, I wanted to show our latest playroom storage solution that has been working wonders for my sanity!
One reader asked me last week what my first post-Lent purchase was. I’ll go into more detail on Wednesday, but this green box was my first purchase after my 40-day spending hiatus. (Wild and crazy, huh?) I had spied these cool wooden green boxes at Target a while ago, but their $16/each price tag was waaaaay too steep for some cute storage. When I saw they were marked down in our clearance section to $4.96, I snagged one, although I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it. Almost as soon as I got home, I had a hand-to-forehead moment “Henry’s little toys!!!!!!”
You see, my three-year-old son is obsessed with little toys and little figurines. Little People, Disney, the free bendy toys we get at the dentist. You name it, if it’s small, he LOVES it! These little toys were beginning to take over our play space, and I was having a hard time keeping them all corralled. These boxes were really the PERFECT solution! Only problem? I needed a few more!
The very next day, I went back to Target hoping they still had a few left; and they did! But only in the all-green color scheme. Nothing against the green (I love them actually!); just now, I was definitely going to need a way to tell all the boxes apart!
I have a tendency to over-think projects. I wanted quick, simple and changeable labels that didn’t require me to break out a bunch of supplies or fire up the Cricut. This was a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants project that turned out better than expected!
I started by cutting down some black contact paper into 1.5″x3″ rectangles. I then used a half-circle punch to notch out each corner. I didn’t drive myself crazy with measuring, I just tried to make all my corners as even as possible! Within minutes, I had some perfect labels ready to go on my boxes.
With the labels aligned and secured on each box, I was ready to try out a supply I have seen all over the web, but had just never given a try: a chalk marker. Oh friends, why I have I waited so long to pick up one of these little gems? I love that I get bright white legible text that quickly and easily wipes off when something is misspelled or needs to be changed! It’s the little things that make me giddy!
With my boxes all labeled, I popped them up on the shelves in our playroom Expedit. These boxes are the perfect size for these little toys, and easy enough to get down and put up without too much hassle. For $15, I think we scored a pretty great storage solution!
Oh, and that chalk marker? Let’s just say I am re-labeling all sorts of things in pretty white text!!!! (You can see more about the magnetic learning station pictured below HERE!)
I absolutely love a storage solution that is easy on the pocketbook, looks fantastic in our space, AND functions just as we need it to! Our small toys are no longer a big problem!!!
Thanks for bearing with me over the last few weeks while I get caught up on things here and there. I’ve been settling into a new blogging schedule while I balance home life and some new “work” obligations. I’m happy to report though, that I have been plugging away on so many projects, I’m kind of at a point where I don’t know what to post next! I’ve got a lot of great things to show you coming up here soon, so be sure to check back frequently!
Have a great start to your week!