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Organizing a Playroom with IKEA Trofast

Organize a playroom with the IKEA Trofast

Today’s post is about a place in the house that is so easy to become a disaster area: The Playroom!

The playroom is obviously a dangerous place for toy explosions, but with a little organization, you can minimize the potential mess and make clean up a snap. Let me start with a little back story:

Years ago, we had these large bins

Vessla basic bin with casters

I thought this was so smart. The bins had lids and could roll around. For a while, we separated the kid’s toys into broad categories (LEGO, Little People, Ponies, Play Kitchen), but whenever the kids were looking for something specific, the entire bin would be tipped over and eventually we had too many toys that these 4 categories alone could not work.

So we changed two of the bins: Child 1’s toys and Child 2’s toys. Yay! I’m a genius.

Sadly, again, the entire bin would be dumped to look for something.

So, I got bold. When my kids were just 3 and 6, I decided to start micromanaging their toys. The problem, it seemed was that they didn’t know where specifically to find things. Perhaps the answer was that they needed lots of smaller containers instead just a few large ones.

Use drawer dividers to keep toys organized

We invested in a Trofast, and I LOVED it. In fact, I loved it so much, I bought 5 more. Our entire playroom is done in various sizes of Trofast. While my kids have a great time playing in there, it is almost never a mess. Why? Because they know exactly where to go to find what they’re looking for and they know exactly where to put things away.

Micro manage toys in the playroom. It keeps things cleaner and more organized!

It was just that simple. Now, our various Trofasts have large deep bins for big toys, medium sized bins with dividers for small collections, mini bins and even shelves. In my opinion, this is by far, the easiest, most versatile children’s toy system around.

Store your boardgames sidesways for easy access

What are your tips and tricks for dealing with kid’s toys?


Thanks so much to A Bowl Full of Lemons for letting me share this post.

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3 thoughts on “Organizing a Playroom with IKEA Trofast

  1. Lindsay says:

    God bless you! I have been trying to explain to my dear husband that our 3 year old and 16 month old are fully capable of putting away their toys. Yes, they are young, but they know where we keep their favorite toys. They have no trouble pulling them out, and dumping them all over the floor. The problem is that I am the only one who tries to get them to put the toys back! Ahhh! I hope that hearing this from someone else will help my husband to understand. Teach them young! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

  2. Lacey says:

    How did you divide the trofast bins? We’re using them for Legos but we still don’t have enough of each color to fill it up and I’d love to be able to use one for more than one color. Thanks!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi! I use the Antonius dividers from IKEA. I hope that helps.

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