The Ikea Kallax shelf is my favorite piece to use for a toy storage organizer in our home. Today I am sharing the best ways I have found to use this toy storage organizer and sharing a little insight to how to control the kids toy overwhelm and clutter.
Ten years ago I had a lot of preconceived notions of certain things I would do or not do as a mom. This, of course, was all before I became a mom. Among the several rather assumptious ideas, I just knew I would never be “one of those moms with random toy pieces spread all over her house.”
I think God must be laughing at me now. Knowing full well that I am, in fact, one of those moms with random toy pieces all over her house.
We literally have tiny toy parts EVERYWHERE.
It’s pretty much a given that if you have kids, there is going to be some amount of toy clutter. What I am learning is that the toy clutter is okay, as long as there is some sort of system to contain it.
I want to be able to put the toys away and have them be out of sight when we host parties or have company over. And I want to teach my kids the importance of picking up your space and appreciate a tidy home.
Simple Steps for Decluttering Toys
As much as clutter creates stress for us as adults, I believe kids can feel that too. In our home, we make it a habit to go through the toys every so often in order to keep the clutter of toys to a minimum.
- Get Rid of Unused Toys – Go through your kids toy collection and pull out anything they don’t play with on a regular basis. This will eliminate unnecessary clutter. Seriously, if they don’t play with the toys, why do you have them? This is especially true for toys that they may have outgrown. Consider donating these toys to your local shelter or giving them to another kid you know who might like to play with them.
- Toss the Broken Toys – This also goes for toys with missing parts. If your kid isn’t playing with the toy because it’s broken or missing parts then just get rid of it. They likely won’t end up playing with it again and then it just becomes another thing taking up space in your home.
- Get the Kids Involved – Ask your child what toys they would like to get rid of. I love taking this opportunity to have a conversation with my kids about how fortunate they are to have the toys that they have. I ask them to really think about what toys they play with and why and consider giving away toys that no long matter to them. It’s always really eye opening to learn which child is better about this particular exercise than others. I might have one who is on board and ready to give away EVERYTHING while the other is holding onto toys they’ve not seen in over a year!
Using the IKEA Kellax Shelf as a Toy Storage Organizer
When I found the Ikea Kellax shelf, I knew it would be the perfect piece to use to organize the toys in our basement playroom. At the time, all of the toys that were in the basement were being stored in a big storage “bench”. It was great because it hid the toys away and we didn’t have to see them out, but it was also just one big jumbled mess of toys. There was so much stuff lost in the bottom that was never getting played with.
The IKEA Kellax shelf was the answer to that problem because it would still hide the toys but in a way that would allow the toys to be organized.
So the next thing that I did was to group all of the kids toys by type. This was already partially done because I had been storing blocks in one plastic tub and magnatiles in another, etc. We took some time to group all of the like items and the designate baskets for them. There were some bigger toys that didn’t really fit into a basket, so we chose to find other places to store those or (if they fit) place them on a single shelf to display.
Ikea Kellax Shelf Basket Options
One of the things that I love about this shelf is that you don’t have to go with one specific style of basket for the cube inserts. In fact, you don’t even have to do baskets on all of the shelves. We intentionally left some of the shelves blank so we could store the kids books in those spaces and they would be able to easily access them.
As you can see, there really is a great variety of options. Most cube shelves are about the same size. Target, Walmart, and Amazon all have other styles and options as well!
What I Love Most about the Ikea Kallax Shelf
I’m a pretty big fan of Ikea storage and organization items. I feel like they “do” storage and organizing so well. When you look at Ikea as a company, everything they do is streamlined and systematic. So it’s really no surprise they are able to mass produce great items for home storage and organization.
Here is a quick list of the reasons I love this Ikea Kallax Shelf:
We purchased two of the eight count Ikea Kallax shelves and they were approximately $80 a piece. In my opinion this is the right price for the style and quality of the item you are getting. I’m the kind of girl who loves to make my home look good. But I am also the kind of girl who doesn’t want to shell out a ton of money either! I can easily pay $80 for a shelf that is going to absolutely save my sanity!
I love that the baskets are interchangeable with this shelf. The options for styles and textures is great. This shelf is perfect for so many uses and spaces. It could easily go with lots of different interior styles. I could see how the Ikea Kallax shelf could be used in bathrooms, closets and more.
It’s Practical + Functional
This might be my favorite reason why I love the Kallax. While it looks super sleek and stylish, it also provides a functional use for storing anything you want put away. For us mamas, we want those toys put away and out of mind. We simply want to enjoy a quiet evening in a clean house – without looking at kids toys.