Organizing outside toys has always been a struggle of mine. I want to keep the toys contained, but the containers always end up getting disgusting from the dirt and grim of being outside all the time. I needed some ways to control the clutter without having to constantly clean all the toys. So I did what I always do and browse around on Pinterest. And was I ever impressed with some of these amazing ideas that I am going to test out!
Now you may remember that I got our sports balls organized using bungee cords and cabinets in the garage. This sports ball storage has been so helpful in containing all the basketballs, footballs, baseballs and soccer balls.
But I need some ways to organize other things like the play cars, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, water toys, etc. I have cheap bins to store these things, but they are either braking or super sticky from the bubbles. Somehow the bubbles have leaked into every area of the bins that I have stored outside, even though half of them weren’t near the bubbles!
So as I was browsing around on Pinterest, I found some great inspirations to help me start to organize our outside toys!
1. Pegboards Galore
I love how Jenn from Clean and Sensible has turned an entire wall of her garage into a pegboard organizational system. We have a few pegboards in our garage, but after seeing this, I would love to extend them to make a full wall to store some of our sporting equipment and other outside toys. I also really like how Jenn has open baskets to store things. That really helps prevent dirt and grim to build up in the bottom of the basket!
2. Hanging Milk Crates
Mandi at Life Your Way shared how she attached milk crates to her fence as easy outside storage solutions. I am so loving this idea! This would make the perfect place for all of our outside water toys. Since our water table is in the backyard, having milk crates to store the water toys will make clean up so much easier! I am currently putting all the water toys into a deck box from Costco, but if the toys are wet, I don’t put them in as this bin is where I store our outside pillows and umbrellas. So the wet toys just end up sitting next to the water table and then, eventually, get lost. By hanging crates near the water table, I will be making clean up so much easier for the family! I could also have a crate to store our dog’s toys. This will come in handy when Ben is mowing the lawn, so he doesn’t have to keep stopping to throw the toys to another area of the lawn.
3. Toy Car StorageSara from Mom Endeavors shared an incredible tutorial on creating a covered kiddie car parking garage. This would come in so handy when the kids want to play with the kiddie cars in the backyard, but I am too lazy to bring them back to the garage at the end of the night. Especially if it is supposed to rain at night. By having a covered car parking garage, I would be able to store the kids cars in the garage and not have to worry about drying them up the following day!
4. Labels And Accessibility
Jen from I Heart Organizing, shared how she got her kids toys organized by using fun, colorful labels and easy to use bins. I love the idea of using bins with handles to store the water toys. I also love how bright and colorful the space looks!
5. Utilize The Space You Have
The Family Handyman has some amazing tips for making the most of your garage. I know this isn’t totally about outside toy organization, but if you are able to organize your lawn and garden stuff in the garage, then you have more room for toy storage. I am planning on trying to keep the kids toys low and the grown-up stuff up high. This will make me feel better about letting the kids be more independent when we are playing outside, rather than me having to run and get everything.
Now that I have some inspiration, I am off to get some stuff organized for the kiddos. I am hoping to find milk crates to hang on the fence to store the water toys, add more pegboards in the garage for more storage, use more space around the garage to create more storage spaces for toys, and attempt to create a kiddie parking garage! And while I am doing all of this, I will be trying to keep the spaces pretty and fun! Let’s hope I am able to carry out this over the next week! Any fun organizational tips you have for your kids outside toys?