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The lovely playroom. And by “lovely,” we mean “premiere Lego-strewn eyesore of the home.” Good news, mamas: Thoughtful playroom decor can promote naptime, encourage creativity, teach the value of tidiness and generally make life both easier and prettier for you and your brood. Here, nine brilliant, kiddo-optimized playroom storage ideas.  

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1. Choose A Craft Table With Built In Storage

To keep art supplies easy to access. (Bonus points for an attractive, easy-wipe tabletop surface.) We love the Ikea Lack coffee table since the height is just right for little ones and, at only $25, you won't mind crayon marks.

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2. Stow Toys In Pretty Baskets

And slide 'em into open face bookshelves to clear up floor space. (So easy, so much prettier than plastic.) Check out McGee & Co, the home decor shop by the powerhouse design duo behind Studio McGee, for sophisticated basket options that your friends will never guess are storing Fingerlings and LEGOs

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3. Remember That Kiddie Kitchens = Mega Storage

Psst, this unconventional (and adorable) storage solution hides allllll the toys. And lucky for you, the play kitchens of today aren't the rainbow-colored plastic eyesores of the past. In fact, they're fit with "brass" accents, mid-century modern cabinets and sleek-looking appliances that would make any adult chef jealous.

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4. Mount Book Caddies Low On A Wall

So little Bobby can read his favorite books at his leisure (and stow his toys easily come cleanup time.) This one from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child has a weathered finish so you won't have to worry about nicks or scratches.

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5. Group Like Items in Tiered Hanging Baskets

Sometimes it helps to curb the rising tide of kid mess by keeping at least some toys out of reach. We suggest this 3-tiered option just to be safe.

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6. And Keep Floating Floor Bins At the Ready

When storage is this soft and cuddly, cleanup time looks a whole lot like playtime. Pehr Designs' canvas bins with colorful pom poms are a favorite of ours.

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7. Tuck Numbered Crates Into Built-In Cubbies

1 for stuffed animals. 2 for wooden blocks. (And three cheers for hyper-organization.) Opt for unfinished crates so you can customize them to your space. Plus, it doubles as a weekend craft activity for you and your kiddo.

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8. Pitch A Tent In A Corner

Yes, teepees are cute. But they’re also a great place to hide a mess in a pinch. When your kids want to go inside, they'll be shuffling these toys around the playroom anyways. 

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9. Group Toys By Size (In Ascending Order)

Our inner aesthete is really delighted by this spacial symmetry. (And our inner worrywart is delighted these bookshelves mount to the wall.)

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Additional reporting by Pamela Masin

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