Organizing the kids’ rooms can be such a time-consuming task, especially when your kids have more toys than you have storage space. Lucky for you, we've found 50 great storage and organizing projects that you can complete in very little time.
The best thing is that these are really cheap to make. You may even be able to put them together from things that you already have around the house, which would make them totally free and that’s our favorite type of DIY project.
Whether your little boy has too many Matchbox cars to count or your little girl has more Barbie dolls than you know what to do with, we've got organization projects for everything.
From books to baby dolls and stuffed animals to video games, there is a storage and organizing project in this collection that is sure to help you to get those kids’ rooms tidy once and for all.
You may find several projects that you can complete in a weekend and really get those toys put away out of sight and many of these projects are so easy that the kids can help. Let’s get started and get those playrooms and bedrooms organized.
Outdoor Toddler Station
Outdoor toys often get overlooked when it comes to organizing. Instead of leaving them out in the yard or worse, letting them clutter up the garage, make an organization station for them. Buckets for bubbles and other water play toys will stack neatly under tables. Speaking of tables, you can use just about any cabinet or table to keep outdoor toys organized and it’s much better than having them thrown down in the bedroom or cluttering up the driveway.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ramblingrenovators
DIY Playroom Library
Building your own library doesn’t require a huge house or a lot of work. You can build a great little library for the kids to keep their books organized and it won’t take up any room in their bedrooms. You just build it into the wall or even on the back of a door if you don’t have wall space available. They’ll be able to keep those books organized and you’ll be amazed at how much room you have. Plus, this is a really inexpensive project and will take you less than an entire day to complete.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thecrafty-woman
Bathtub Toy Storage
Instead of toting those bathtub toys back and forth from the bedroom to the bathroom or leaving them in the tub or under the bathroom sink, why not create organization for them? With a spring loaded shower curtain rod and a few small baskets, you can have all the bathroom toy storage you need. You simply place the shower rod at the base of the tub on the wall and then add the baskets using shower curtain hooks. It’s an easy project that will literally cost you less than $10 and will keep all of those bathtub toys in their place.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Frugal-freebies
If you have boys who tend to bring home everything they find (think rocks, leaves, and other outdoorsy type treasures) then you need something for them to keep all of their treasures in. Plastic tool boxes work perfectly for treasure boxes. You can assign one to each child and allow them to place whatever neat little things they find inside. The boxes can be stacked if needed so you have loads of extra room and they are lightweight so your little ones can carry them outside and place the items directly in them, which eliminates finding those tiny little treasures on the floor later.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Kidsactivitiesblog
American Girl Doll and Toy Storage
American Girl dolls are very popular with little girls and unfortunately for moms, they come with a ton of accessories. A very inexpensive fabric storage bin that slides under the bed is the perfect solution for all that American Girl Doll stuff. Under the bed storage bins have sections that you can use to keep everything organized. If you stick shoe boxes into those sections, they’ll be a bit more stable and you can keep smaller items like shoes and doll jewelry in Ziploc bags so that nothing gets lost. This would work for any type of toy but we thought it was the perfect storage solution for dolls and their accessories.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Serenitynowblog
Laundry Basket Dresser
Laundry baskets are great for storing and organizing but if you have a lot of them, they can become clutter themselves. This laundry basket dresser is the perfect way to keep toys organized and keep those baskets from looking like additional clutter. The baskets will slide in and out of their assigned places so they’re easy for kids to get to and you can label the fronts with pictures or words of what you want them to put inside. This is also a great idea for a clothes dresser if your child doesn’t have one or if they have too many clothes for your current dresser.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Beingbrook
Barbie Doll Organizer
An over the door shoe rack works perfectly for keeping Barbie and all of her friends organized. You can get these really cheap at the Dollar Store. Just hang it on the inside of the closet door or the bedroom door and she can keep all of her dolls neatly stored away. If the slots are too big to securely hold the dolls, you can sew one together yourself and it only takes a couple of hours from start to finish. This way, you get the perfect slots for dolls and you can make larger ones to hold clothes, shoes, and other accessories.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Agirlandagluegun
Lego Storage and Play Table
You can take those Legos and create a table that is perfect for playing and storing. The bins at the sides of the table hold the Legos and you don’t have to drop down a hundred bucks for a play table. You can just build one yourself. You’ll need a board to top the storage tables and then use that to build a tabletop that will hold those Legos perfectly in place while they play. Similar tables are very expensive but when you DIY it, you can get it for much cheaper and the kids can help you to build it, which is another plus.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ourweefamily
Doll Clothes Organization
Dolls have so many clothes. Really, sometimes we’re jealous of the amount of clothes that these little toys have. In order to organize them, you just need some colored scrapbook paper, gallon sized Ziploc bags and a little time. You just use the paper to separate outfits and you can fit two into each gallon bag. Have your daughter help you to choose the outfits with accessories like shoes, purses, etc. and then put everything into the bags. When you’ve got all of the clothing in bags, store them in plastic or canvas bins. They’ll be organized and no longer taking up room in the toy box. Plus, she’ll be able to find everything she needs when she plays with her dolls.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Pinkandgreenmama
Storage Packed Décor
This project was originally for a nursery but we thought that it would be great for toddlers and even older kids. You just need to build a wall of oversized blocks from wood and MDF boards. You can build them out as far as you have room to accommodate and each little block adds additional storage. Imagine how well you could keep those bedrooms organized! The blocks are so adorable and you can paint them whatever colors you want. Make alphabet blocks or if you have older kids, choose another type of decoration. Either way, they’ll add loads of storage.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thisoldhouse