May 28, 2014


Super thankful that my creative and talented friend Denise agreed to do a guest post for me this week while I celebrate Memorial Day weekend and my birthday with family and friends. She is an awesome wife, mommy (to Daniel) and owner of Paper and Posies . Did I also mention she was a hot pin up girl too…

Thanks SO MUCH for sharing Denise!

Have you ever found yourself looking around your house and wondering, “where in the world did ALL these toys come from???”  If you have kids, you know that toys come with the territory.  And if you’re like me, you love the joy that toys bring, but don’t necessarily want them causing pile ups of clutter all over your home.

As an organizer, I always try to adhere to the old adage “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  I’m a firm believer that if kids have a place to put their toys, they are more likely to put those things back in place.  This absolutely applies to adults too, by the way.  *wink* 

We have ample storage in our home, but there was still one toy area that couldn’t seem to be contained.   Our Lego collection is fairly substantial and includes sets that we have already built, loose bricks, manuals, and many, many various other bits and pieces.   Most of the vehicle sets fit in the built-in cabinets in the living room and are easy to reach, but our collection also includes structures and such that our son, Daniel, has built and wants to keep together to play with. 

I organized what I could by putting the manuals in binders with plastic sleeves, and painstakingly sorting EVERY brick and bit into divided containers.  The flat, clear plastic containers came from, you guessed it, The Container Store, and the large black and yellow one I happened to find in the hardware section of Target on clearance!  We also have a hobby/tackle type box to hold Lego Minifigure parts and another one to hold vehicle-building parts.

But the structures were another story.  Daniel prefers to play with them on the floor, not on a table, so normally this is what we see in one part of our living room.

He plays with these structures every day, so I wanted to find a way for him to still have easy access to it, but also have it look a little more organized and neat.

I absolutely LOVE repurposing and finding new uses for things around the house, so I was sure I had something I could use for this project.  And then I remembered a custom corkboard we had made to cover the fuse box at our old house!  I couldn’t bear to get rid of it, thinking that it would come in handy at some point, and I’m so glad I kept it.  The only adjustment I had to make was to add a few strips of felt pads on the back so Daniel could slide it around on the hardwood floors.  
And there you have it, instant Lego play pad!

I love the way this turned out and Daniel was super excited that all of his structures were easily accessible and didn’t fall apart anymore when he slid them around to play with them.  It just goes to show, not only can toy storage be functional, it can also be attractive.  So next time you’re looking for storage solutions, dig around in those closets, basements, and attics, and get creative!

 -- Denise


Denise Dolan is an Atlanta mommy, wife and momprenuer/owner of Paper and Posies -  Where she does home styling, design and organization and makes beautiful jewelry and gifts. You can find her here.


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