Closet Organization Part 2 – The Toy Closet

Let’s talk about toys.

As a kid, you love them.

As a parent, well, I’m about ready to throw them all out and just give each kid an iPad.

In our last house, I didn’t have much room in the kids’ rooms for toys.

But I did happen to have a nice walk-in hall closet.  I also had two other small hall closets that I decided to make do for all my linens, so I turned the 4′ x 4′ walk-in closet into a TOY CLOSET!  Pretty much ALL of the kids’ toys went into the closet.

It was great because behind those closed doors, even if it was a little messy at times, I didn’t have multicolored toy bins staring me in the face.

I liked the idea so much that in my new house I decided to have some of the kids share a bedroom just to make another bedroom into an exclusive guest room / toy room.


  • Bedroom stays a lot cleaner
  • Bedroom is always a lot less cluttered
  • Bedroom feels more peaceful
  • Toys and clothes are automatically separated so less time sifting through these things
  • Bedtime routine goes faster if you don’t have to clean up toys as often
  • Overall more time saved
  • You have to make an effort to go through all the toys once in a while if you don’t do it every day

Voila my toy closet in the guest room:

You can see that this is a regular “reach-in” style closet. I didn’t even take out the hanging bar (yet!).  But some inexpensive shelving from the home improvement store and some plastic toy bins have saved my sanity!  I also like to keep the bins labeled.

And the hanging bars for dress up are the same ones I have for towels in my bathroom.  What a lifesaver!

I do have a few things in the bedrooms, but they are also behind closed doors or out of sight (one box under a bed).  If I have friends over with little kids, the bedrooms can just be locked so they stay out of the breakable toys, and just the toy room can be used.

In a later post I’ll share how I use this as a guest room as well.

Do you have a space dedicated for toys?  What do you do? I’d love to hear from you!