toy storage

I love a good space transformation, especially when it’s an improvement on a previously created space.  The space under our stairs was previously made over into a toy cupboard when Munch was a baby, and I loved it at the time.  The tot organisation theory was that we’d fill and rotate the big pink plastic tubs with toys.  I’ll be the first to admit when things don’t go to plan and well, this was one of them.

Now this was meant to be a transformation post, but having accidentally deleted all the before and during photos (including all our Christmas pics)  whilst freeing up space, sadly means it’s just a reveal.  I managed to salvage a before picture from instagram though, so all is not lost (if you can excuse the quality)!

Now anyone who knows me, knows I am an Ikea Expedit addict.  This stems from the versatility of it.  If you want baskets, drawers, cupboards, well you can have it! Also, it comes in a variety of combinations, which means you can fit it almost anywhere.

As I said, the understair space had been transformed before to allow toy storage, but it was no longer functional and became a bit of a dumping ground.  We removed the shelves we had previously fitted and planned out the space available, taking into consideration the height restriction that understair storage brings.  I wanted to make sure that where the height reduces, we still could gain access (or at least Munch could, as it is her space).

With a plan in place, it was time for the execution.

understair storage

I was really delighted with how well this space has turned out with only 3 Expedit units and baskets.  Munch can now easily find her toys, as everything is clearly labelled for her to find her favourites (owl being one of them).  It also means she can help tidy up.  There is plenty of room for larger toys too, such as her garage, Hopperz and Big Yellow Tea Pot (which was mine when I was little).  Extra space also for more toys as she grows and with the labels attached with velcro, the space can easily grow with our family.

understair toy storage

The final touch was adding the battery operated led lights (you can get from any DIY store).  We didn’t have any direct power to the space and we didn’t have the budget for this project to add any.

Another space in the Munch household has been organised!

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9 Comments

  1. A toy cupboard under the stairs – now that is genius! Don’t be tempted to put the kids there too! 😉 I love the LED battery lights as well, what a great idea when you can’t afford the extra to fit mains lights. Probably not worth the hassle either, as well as the money. Thanks for popping over to the Parenting Pin it Party again. Always a pleasure to have you. xx
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    • Thanks! Yeah, too tempting 😉

      The cost of installing the lights, as well as leaving them on by mistake too!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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