Before I was a mom, I was ever so slightly anti-child.
Sure, I thought kids were adorable, but I was definitely the gal who avoided sitting next to kids on planes, pitied the mom of the temper-tantrum-throwing toddler in the restaurant while I gratefully chugged a cocktail, and always swore that I wouldn’t let a rainbow-colored avalanche of toys engulf my home when I finally did take the plunge and become a mom.
Welp, I’m here now. That mom with the cranky toddler on a cross-country flight. That mom in Target whose toddler runs full-speed away from her when it’s time to leave before throwing himself on the floor in the most dramatic fashion possible. And, you guessed it, Toys R Us did indeed throw up in my house.
At first I registered for all the neutral baby toys and furniture.
So much more chic than the loud, Crayola-colored items that hurt my eyes and clashed with my existing home decor. I can still buy all the baby stuff we need, and effortlessly mesh it into our home in a stylish way. Right?
Wrong. Oh, so wrong. Now that I’m the mom of a 2-year-old, I laugh at all my former “plans” and “ideas” and basically do whatever it takes to keep my little guy happy and healthy. And that includes buying him lots and lots of toys.
A scene from my actual living room. Something had to be done.
I started browsing around on Amazon for a sophisticated toy chest that could stay in our living room. Unfortunately, all of the toy storage options I came across were either more childish than stylish…
Or beautiful, but just downright expensive!
And then I stumbled upon this little miracle. A toy storage bench that’s as chic as it is affordable:
Another bonus: Minimal assembly and no tools required. You just pop it open and voila! A chic toy storage solution for all those toddler goodies. And it’s the perfect height for the little guy:
Hmmmm….what toy do I want to fling across the room next? (I swear I clothe my child. He’s in a zip-myself-out-of-my-pajamas-and-run-around-the-room-like-a-crazy-nekkie-baby phase.)
And when company comes a callin’ it’s the easiest thing in the world to dump his toys into this bench, close the lid, throw a couple pillows up top, and turn it into comfortable extra seating.
Do you have any great storage solutions for toddler toys? Our collection’s growing by the day, so I’d love to hear them!