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Stylish and Stimulating Storage for Kids

I’ve got a few spots in my house right now that are crying out to be reorganized.  There’s the area in the playroom where a changing table now resides (but will soon be vacant) as well as a little real estate in the living room that’s just begging for some storage bins.

For the former, I would love to do something like this Montessori sensorial, music, and language arts space at montessori home schooling.  The orderly setup of this area makes each item seem so interesting and inviting.   I feel like C’s play would become more enriched overnight with a play zone like this in the house. (Side note: I sourced this photo from the pinterest page of Mariah at Playful Learning.  Mariah is fabulous and, as I’ve mentioned before, she even has an entire e-course about setting up playful learning spaces.)

The problem, of course, is whether or not our little family is capable of maintaining an area like this.  Nine month old S is crawling, pulling up, and even walking while holding onto the couch – something like this would be irresistible to her and I fear I’d spend my days picking everything up and reorganizing (over and over and over).

Here’s a totally different possibility for the living room.  These storage bags from Cox & Cox aren’t as enticing as the first system but they may be a little more practical for now.  Plus, I sure do love the look.

As you can probably tell from my ramblings, I still have a way to go before I make my move with the re-decorating.  That means I’ve been collecting some inspiration and today I’ve got it all here for you to peruse.  Click through for the goods and let me know which options you prefer.

Ardsley Residence contemporary kids

This stunner by Eisner Design (via houzz) isn’t really in the realm of possibilities but it’s great inspiration.

Again, I love the idea of low, accessible shelving like in this Real Room Tour at Buy Modern Baby.

This Montessori Nursery Tour via Feeding the Soil isn’t the kind of thing I’m looking to do now but I kind of wish I’d spied it when I was still in the nursery planning stages for my two kiddos.  This is a multi-functional space done really, really well.

This flickr find is something I could definitely do in my house.  I like how it utilizes low storage for accesibility and vertical storage to maximize space.  Plus, it’s easy-peasy IKEA and even incorporates a table top element that can be used as a work surface.

Speaking of IKEA – can we talk book storage for a minute?  This great post at  Ohdeedoh suggests using IKEA ribba picture ledges for displaying/storing your library.

And this ingenious post at Ikea Hackers uses IKEA spice racks for the same purpose.

If you’re looking for even more book options (and you really want to get your DIY on), there’s also this Library Book Cart DIY at Ana White.

And finally, if you have the space for it, “The Dreaded Train Table with a New Twist” at Ikea Hackers is also a very cool multifunctional piece.
So what do you think?  Any winners here?  Any stellar storage ideas that I completely missed?  Let me know in the comments below.


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