Getting Toy Storage Right

My two boys love building things, pretending to be things, arts and crafts, dancing and (often) wrestling on the floor), jigsaws and puzzles and just about everything else that young boys find riveting. While I’m thrilled they enjoy such a wide range of activities my problem has always been storage, as you can see!

 toy storage

Gradually the playroom has been reclaimed by the grown-ups as a dining room once more and the majority of the toys and games have moved upstairs to their bedrooms. While this is blissful for us when downstairs, tip-toeing around toys and walking over Lego in the middle of the night is becoming quite an issue. Extensive research (and bitter experience) has taught me the following:

Storage furniture doesn’t need to be ugly

In an effort to store toys properly I have mixed buckets, nets, boxes (with and without lids) and much, much more. In reality this half-hearted mixture has simply resulted in a collection of miss-matched and rather ugly dumping areas for toys, teddies and more.

If you have a look at the Great Little Trading Co. toy storage page you’ll see that there are a number of ways in which toys, games and everything else may be stored safely and allow easy access while still looking fantastic.

Plastic boxes have their place

A boy’s bedroom or a playroom is not the right place for plastic boxes (well not in my house anymore!). Boxes will quickly be emptied all over the floor to be used as pirate ships, cars or turned over to become stepping stones. We nearly learned a lesson the hard way as Taylor did just this; climbed up on a box to jump on the next one and put his foot through it as the plastic cracked! Fortunately he was wearing slippers else he’d have cut himself.

Storage solutions need to be versatile

Taylor used to be into teddies, now he is into Duplo. Kieran used to be into cars and now has hundreds and thousands of itsy bitsy Lego pieces scattered all over his room. Children grow and their interests change, as do their storage needs. Buying lots of smaller storage cubes, boxes with lids and what not is quickly going to prove futile whereas a piece of furniture with open storage or larger pull out sections are much more versatile.

I am not the only parent who has wrung her hands in frustration over a lack of decent toy storage. I doubt I am the only one fed up of seeing toys all mixed up so that finding everything needed for a specific game or play session is difficult. I wish, going back that I had invested in good quality, long-lasting and versatile toy storage from the beginning rather than constantly moving, replacing and tidying miscellaneous gaudy plastic buckets, bags and cheap and nasty boxes.

 My Boys and Their Toys

So, my advice for today…. Research toy storage options properly and don’t be fooled into thinking that cheap and cheerful always wins the day, it doesn’t!



Great Little Trading Co (GLTC), a Monkey & a Rucksack #review


When I was asked if Kieran would like to review an animal rucksack for GLTC I nearly fell over. Not you understand, because I have any particular obsession with monkeys but because I absolutely adore GLTC. I’m pretty sure if I had magical powers I would happily climb into their website and live their quite contented (you know what I’m talking about!).

When I showed my monkey what was coming his eloquent reaction went something along the lines of “Cooooool, that is sooooo awesome” (my 4yr old is an early 80’s throwback!). When it arrived I was suitably impressed. It was dispatched as a general order ie the same way that any web customer would order which was great because I could see how it was packaged. Excess packaging is a big no-no for me, it is wasteful and a pain in the bum to get into, but GLTC didn’t let me down. The bag was securely packaged in the minimum of packaging required for safe transit.

The quality of the bag is the same as I would expect from a high-profile company as GLTC. Finished beautifully, this bag would make a fantastic gift or everyday item. Retailing at £20 it is  hardwearing (trust me on this – my boy is a thug) and an excellent choice for any parent. If you like the idea of this bag but fancy a different design, have a look on the website to see the bee & owl versions, and the matching lunch bags.

Now the expert reviewer takes the reins….


I love this bag! It looks like a monkey and even has bananas on the zips! (Not real bananas, you can’t eat them!).. I’ve used my bag for all sorts of things. When it was sunny Mummy took me and my brother out for an adventure – I took my bag with a water bottle, suncream, my drawing pad and pencil (so I could draw anything I liked), snacks and my camera (it’s just a plastic one but I like pretending to take pictures). We had a lovely time and lots of people looked at my bag. The very cool part is that you can put things in the insulted (insulated!) bit at the front to stop them getting sticky and yucky and hot). My bag has two straps so I can put loads of stuff inside and it’s not heavy! Mummy took loads of pictures of me at the park and when we were walking with her camera but the silly camera did something wrong and deleted them all. Maybe I should have let her use my plastic one to practice?

It works as a school bag too!

I got to use my bag for school too. This was REALLY cool because all my friends thought it was great. Mummy said it suited me because I’m a bit of a monkey sometimes but I don’t know what she means by that?

I could fit LOADS in the bag, my lunch, my books and even my coat when it got really warm. I have to put my water bottle in the drinks holder bit at the side so it doesn’t go on my books when I forget to close it properly. It’s good that is is there. My teacher doesn’t like soggy books!

I’m really, really, really happy with my bag.

Thank you GLTC.

Kieran, 4yrs old