Toys are the most colorful, vibrant, and inseparable elements of our childhood memories, which make those golden days truly memorable. That cute little Barbie doll you had, the blue colored dinosaur figurine you loved, or the cuddly teddy bear you just couldn't sleep without- toys truly make childhood days more memorable. Cute little dolls, chunky roller trucks, baseball clubs, skipping ropes, chess sets, board games, video games, play dough kits, toy cars and trains, kids' kitchen sets and endless number of toys and games are available in the markets.
Toys are a whole lot of fun when we ourselves are kids and storing and arranging them is the last thing on our mind. However, when you grow up to be an adult and have a baby, toddler, or a kid of any age in your house, it is often observed that the toys make their way into every nook and corner of the house distributing the mess equally all around the house. It is at times like these when parents start looking for an easy and convenient way to store them and keep them organized in some way or the other. Toy storage bins are excellent ways to do the same.
How to Choose One
You need to ensure that the bin is not too small or large for your child's toy collection. It is always better to take a look at the number and size of toys that your child has and buy one accordingly. It is very unlikely that all of them are going to be of the same size, hence looking for one that has a combination of small, medium, and large sizes can be a perfect option. You can obviously buy one that is big enough to contain the largest toy, and thereby the rest will fit in too; however, this method will be slightly inconvenient while storing and removing them, since smaller ones can get caught under the larger ones.
Preferably pick one that is made of a sturdy material. In case of storage of light and soft cuddly toys, you can have bins made of soft fabrics. In case of heavier ones, like toy cars and train models made of iron or steel, pick one that is made of either a sturdy plastic variety, wood, or even metal. Make sure that no matter what material the bin is made of, it is convenient and durable enough to hold all of them.
Apart from storing all the toys, see how the functionality of these bins can be increased. For example, there exist several varieties in them that not only help to store the toys but also serve some other purpose. Storage benches are popular types of bins, which once shut; make for a simple bench for sitting. Another popular variety is a cart, which is a wheeled cart that not only makes it easier to store the toys but also to transport or move them from one room to another. Very often a storage bin, which is a part of the bed, is also used. Make sure that the bins are easy to open and close and can be easily used by children. Also ensure that they do not have any sharp edges inside as well as outside, to ensure your child's safety.
After you have taken care of all the above-mentioned essential elements, it is time to think of the aesthetics of the bin. Although you can almost pick any color or theme for your storage bin, you can always co-ordinate its color and theme with the overall theme or color scheme in the child's room. There are various themes starting from jungle safaris, and classic cartoon themes to the more elegant antique toy chests that resemble a treasure box. Pick one that suits the child's room and matches with its interiors. In case you are planning to get the plastic storage bins and cannot find a suitable color, you can go for transparent bins that can also allow the child to view the contents more conveniently.