Organizing Toys in a Small Space

by Krista Davis on January 6, 2016

Toys can be an organization nightmare when you live in a small space. In December my son received more toys than I could dream of due to having his 1st birthday and Christmas. As many of you know, we live in a RV and have very little storage options, especially for toys.

Since there is a small amount of square footage, vertical space has to be maximized for organization. To store all of the toys, I built my own system.

Storing toys in a small space.

Materials Used:

Whitmor 6070-968-BLK Black Storage Cubes (Set of 6), Black C2G / Cables To Go 43036 4-Inch Cable Ties – 100 Pack (Black) Ikea Pressa Washing Bag, Set of 3 Officemate Silver Binder Clips, Assorted Sizes, 30/Tub (31021) Scunci Effortless Beauty Large No-damage Elastics, Assorted Sizes, 36 Count Steren 100 CT Grip Clip Cable Clips

We used a wire cube unit  that can be customized for many designs; vertical shelves, horizontal shelves, multi-layer shelving, and even small animal cages. Each cube can hold up 10 to 15 lbs, depending how they are put together and anchored. To make the storage unit sturdier, use zip ties in place of the connectors provided and use cable mounting clips to anchor each cube to the wall.

Storing stuffed animals

To maximize on the vertical storage, I used hair ties to hang stuffed animals. By wrapping the hair tie around a wire and pulling it through itself, I was able to secure all of our stuffed animals to the toy cubes.  stuffed animal holder

For small toys, like toy food, and baby safe books, I used mesh laundry bags. Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit SetHang the mesh laundry bags with the opening facing out, instead of up, to allow easier access for toddlers. Secure the bags to the wire shelves with binder clips.

Keeping toys organized.

Our favorite toys primarily seem to be capable of growing with our son, be easily portable, and be made of high quality material, such as metal, wood, or thick recycled plastic. Our current 3 favorite toys are:

  1. Indestructible books (Archer can quickly tear up all other books, but these haven’t been harmed.):  Indestructibles: Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Indestructibles: Baby Night-Night, Indestructibles: Baby Peekaboo, Mama and Baby! (Indestructibles), and Indestructibles: Baby Faces
  2. Hape Mini Mighty Kitchen (It is small, portable, and made of wood.) With Ikea Toy Cookware (It is real cookware in miniature form. Toy food fits better in it than other toy cookware.) Hape Mini Mighty Kitchen
  3. B. Brand Parum Pum Pum Drum (A working drum, that is used to store the percussion implements, made from recycled plastic. We love B. Brand!) Battat B. Parum Pum Pum Drum Toy


What creative ways do you store your children’s toys and what are some of your favorite toys, that seem to last and spark imagination?

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Written by Krista Davis

Krista Davis

Krista is a self-proclaimed “health nut” and eco-friendly enthusiast.

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