17 Storage Hacks Every Parent Needs

a three-tiered rack is a good storage hack for play kitchen food @HelloBabyBrown via Instagram

Forget the fancy (and pricey!) closet system

Whether you’re stepping on a sea of toys or the kids’ closet is stuffed to the gills, it might be time to create a family storage plan. If that seems daunting, take a peek at some solutions that might just revolutionize your home. From garage storage ideas to kid cubby storage ideas, these are our favorite storage hacks that are both clever and easy to do. If you feel like tackling specific areas in your home, check out our pantry organization ideas and toy storage solutions!


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Puzzle Storage Hack

puzzle storage hack
Days With Grey

Puzzles. They’re great for building problem solving skills in kids, but when it comes to storage, they have parents scratching their heads. Luckily, Days With Grey has a simple solution you can easily re-create with your own puzzles. 

Morning Routine Caddy Hack

a storage hack to help the morning routine
Carolyn Dalgliesh

Rise and shine! It’s time to streamline that morning routine. We love this brilliant hack by Systems for Sensory Kids that makes the back-to-school morning routine as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll need a container, cups, and labels (waterproof is best) to get your little learner ready for school.

Related: Genius IKEA Hacks to Take Your Kid’s Room to the Next Level

Bath Toy Storage Hack

a storage hack for bath toys
8 Foot Six

Squeaky clean! As far as cool bathroom toy storage ideas go, this one’s easy-peasy. Mama Shannon over at 8 Foot Six, upcycles a hanging fruit basket to organize tub toys (genius!), which leaves you more space for other things.

Clothing Drawer Hack

storage hack for a dresser drawer
The Organized Mama

Waste no space! Help half-pints get ready quickly on school mornings with The Organized Mama’s twist on storing kids’ clothes: you can fold clothes for easy outfit picking and make more space when you use bins inside the drawers.

Play Kitchen Storage

Help little cooks organize their play kitchen with this sweet toy storage idea. Hop over to Hello Baby Brown for her clever use of a tiered rack that keeps cookware and toy food off the floor and within easy reach of little hands.

Stuffed Animal Storage Bin

We got this stuffed toy storage idea straight from the horse’s mouth. You’ll need to be a little handy to complete this project and can follow the step-by-step over at Shades of Blue Interiors. Your tots can have easy access to their favorite toys through the paracord and keep their rooms clean to boot.

Related: TikTok Cleaning Hacks That Actually Work

Dress-Up Storage Center

DIY closet for costumes
Old House to New Home

Kiddos can’t get enough of dressing up, but finding ways to store all of the costumes and accessories in one place is almost impossible. Luckily, this DIY Dress-Up Storage Center from Old House to New Home is an awesome fix. This piece will require some legit construction, but the final product is totally worth it!

Labeled Jars

Try storing your favorite art supplies in mason jars. Remove the lids from these adorable glass containers, and add personalized labels to keep just about anything organized and easy to access.

Outdoor Toy Buckets

Domestic Charm

If your kids love playing outside, you probably know the struggle of organizing all of their outdoor toys. These labeled metal buckets are as far as toy storage ideas go from Domestic Charm to keep all of their goodies together without bringing them into the house.

Peg Board Craft Storage

To keep everything at your family’s fingertips, get inspired by Hey Let’s Make Stuff’s incredible peg board. This is a cute way to make sure everything goes back where it belongs.

LEGO Storage Hack

LEGO storage hack
Kojo Designs

LEGO storage might be the ultimate organization challenge, but all you really need is a few key items from IKEA and some sticky glue to create these amazing magnetic strips to store all of those itsy bitsy bricks. Head over to Kojo Designs for all the details.

Related: 15 Genius Kitchen Organization Hacks

Barbie Storage Hack

If there’s an easier storage hack for barbies (and other dolls) than using an over-the-door shoe organizer, we haven’t found it.

Mudroom Storage Hack

IKEA bookshelves in a mudroom is a smar storage hack
Polka Dot Chair

If you struggle with keeping your foyer or mudroom free from clutter, Melissa from Polka Dot Chair has an ingenious solution. Follow her instructions to transform a few Ikea bookcases into family lockers that can house everything from shoes to gym bags, backpacks, coats and so much more.

IKEA Baskets as Book Bins

Ikea trash can as book basket
VanHook & Co

This hack from VanHook & Co. is here to save the day. This budget-friendly idea only requires a couple of $4 Ikea wastebaskets. All you have to do is secure the baskets to any wall or door, and you’ve just created a cool new storage system.

Car Trunk Shower Caddies

shoe organizer for the car
HAPPYnings

Your little ones have made your car their second home, and with that comes a whole lot of stuff. But that doesn’t have to mean the end of the organization in the mommy mobile. According to HAPPYnings, it’s all about shower caddies. That’s right, those funny things with the big pockets that you hang in your shower. It turns out, they’re a pretty fantastic organizational tool for everything from hair brushes to sunscreen and so much more. 

Swoop Bags

If you’ve ever felt the pain of stepping on a stray LEGO, you know that proper toy storage is an absolute must. One of our favorite ways to store your little one’s toys is the Swoop Bag. This versatile bag lays flat and can be gathered up quickly to store the tiniest of toys. Of course, this is perfect for classic faves like LEGO, cars, train sets, and more.

Related: These Genius Toy Storage Solutions Will Give You More Space

Coffee Pod Play Dough Carousel

storage hack for play doh
Aimee Geroux

Who doesn’t love play dough? But, storing all of those little canisters so your fam can play with any color, any time is just really complicated. Not anymore! Brilliant Mama Aimee Geroux has got you covered. Her idea to use a coffee carousel for play dough toy storage is a brilliant idea that is nothing short of pure genius.

 

 

 

 

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