These are the five ways I conceal toys in my living room.
1. WOOD TRUNKI found this wood trunk at Marshall's and just had to have it. I would not recommended this type of storage for young kids, but it should be fine for older ones. I didn't bring it into our living room until our kids were older and could easily open and close the lid by themselves. It is such a great piece since it not only holds a ton of toys, but also doubles as a side table.
2. SMALL STACKED BASKETS
Baskets are always great for those small toys that you’re not sure what to do with. I found these baskets at HomeGoods and use them to hold my sons Lego's and my daughter's dolls and accessories. This keeps all the small parts together and easily accessible for them. I stacked the baskets to keep the corner balanced between the wood trunk and baskets.
3. DRAWERSFurniture with drawers is one of my favorite ways to store kids toys. I use a large dresser that I found at GoodWill (and repainted) to hold my kids art supplies in the basement. The stacked drawers in the living room were found at HomeGoods and store more of the kids small toys, puzzles and games. Owen has the lowest drawer and it's full of all his little trucks and tractors. Paige has the second drawer and it's full of little dolls and girly things. The other two drawers are shared between the two of them and hold their puzzles and games. By now they both know what goes in each drawer, which makes clean up quick and easy.
4. SUITCASE BOXMy daughter loves to draw so it is very important to have art supplies around the house so she can express her creativity. I found this little suitcase box and stash a few markers, stencils, glue, pipe cleaners and puffy paint for her to play with. This box is used almost daily and by looking at it you would never know it holds art supplies.
5. LARGE BASKETS
Baskets are probably the most popular go to item for hiding things that people don't want to be seen. I found these two baskets at HomeGoods and of course was sold as soon as I saw they could be labeled. The basket on the left actually holds my sons trains (guess I should get on changing that label!) and the one on the right is packed full with barbies. They have handles on the side which makes it easy for the kids to lift them on and off the shelf.
If you happen to stop over my house you are likely to see a train track in the middle of the floor, crayons, markers and pictures spread throughout the room and the toy baskets and drawers open. I am okay with that, as long as there is a place for the toys to go when the day is done.