Plenty of toys, games, and LEGO are part of our daily life with kids.
I believe most parents have a problem with how to deal with children’s belongings spread around the house. Probably many of you have already seen the Marie Kondo series about organizing with joy? What we learn from her is not always that easy to put into practice, but it is certainly worth trying. Above all, most kids’ rooms are not the biggest in the house, which makes it extra challenging to accommodate smart storage.
It took us a while to find a way to organize our youngest son’s room – but Let’s have a look!
Robert is eight years old and very creative. He likes to collect almost everything. It can be a wooden stick, metal spring found on the street, and his biggest obsession is LEGO. At the moment, he is also fascinated by electric systems, and he is always busy with creating and building things. We knew we had to help him to sort everything out.
We divided his room into three areas: 1. Storage 2. Creative / Craft and play area 3. Sleeping corner.
Today we will talk more about the first area – Smart Storage.
Lego storage Wall.
Robert loves LEGO. It’s an obsession which means plenty of lego blocks to storage! We were wondering how we could organize his room the way he could find all he needs quickly? My husband Arek was doing research online for hours! We decided to buy the Brick Storage Boxes and at first segregate the lego blocks by colors. It was not working well, unfortunately. Too many blocks, difficult to browse through. This time the LEGO was sorted by shapes, and it’s looking like a much better idea. In his new room, we decided to mix a standard Brick Storage Boxes with the new Storage Boxes with drawers. It’s a very playful idea; it saves a lot of space in the room and works well at the moment.
We mounted the Storage Boxes with drawers to the wall at specific spots. Since you do not have to lift the lid to open, they are just right to form a support for the whole storage. Being architects, we took the issue seriously and designed a layout for this LEGO storage wall first. First of all, you have to take your child’s height into account (she or he needs to be able to reach the highest boxes). The layout is fun to design. We did a test run in the computer, but you can easily stack the boxes on the floor, play with them and find the layout that works for your child.
Screwing the boxes with drawers to the wall requires you to be pretty handy, so if you don’t trust your DIY skills, ask a friend or a handyman for help. In the end, we stickered the boxes with lego shapes that are inside. The wall works like a charm and looks fantastic too!
As his room is not very big, we needed a custom size drawers to fit all his toys. In the end, we decided to buy the IKEA drawer system called NORDLI. It’s a straightforward system of 2 or 3 chests of drawers. I think this will be the only IKEA piece at our home, as we don’t like low-quality it delivers. Time and accessibility won and we went for it. After assembling though we had this uneasy filling that we bought something that will not last for years. We try not to support the throw-away culture IKEA became. Buying cheap and throwing things away once they break is just not OK for us. Further, the system works well, and you can store a lot inside the drawers! The block looked a bit heavy on the wall, so we decided to hang half of it, to make space for books underneath. Now it seems much more playful and light.
Next time I will show you the rest of his room as we still need to finish it. Work in progress….