An amazing Toy Room Makeover

This post is sponsored by Kia Australia

Recently I travelled down to visit Claire from Penrith NSW, who was the first winner of the Kia Australia ‘Win The Organised Housewife for a day’ competition.   Kia Australia are helping my dream of being able to help a few of my readers to organise an area in their home which they are finding very overwhelming. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and had so much fun meeting Claire and creating a wonderful new space for her kids to enjoy.

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Toy Room Makeover


Claire is an amazing mum to two beautiful girls who are 6 and 4, they both love to play together and to avoid fights they each have their own toys, so that means two dolls high chairs, two barbie cars, an abundance of barbie dolls and so much more.  Slowly over the years the girls have been given and handed down toys from family, friends and neighbours, always grateful Claire has appreciated the gestures from her friends and family.  But there has come a point now that these two precious girls have too many toys, so much so that they are struggling to find toys, puzzle pieces and have a place to create due to the excess of toys.  It’s become such a mess that it is overwhelming for Claire to know where to start to tidy it up and for the girls to put their things away.  Claire wants to get her home back under control so she is not embarrassed when guests visit.


As you can see this toy room has become a place of chaos rather than an area where the girls can play and lie down to watch TV.

The action plan:

  1. Tidy up the floor so we can easily walk around
  2. Determine what furniture needs moving and replacing to make the area more functional
  3. Sort through all the toys, puzzles and craft items and store together in new storage systems
  4. Tidy up bookshelves
  5. Create a new craft area

View the video to show you how we made over this spectacular room

Start sorting

I used some flexible storage tubs to help us sort through all the items on the floor.  Having a rubbish, sell and donate tub means we only need to pick up and touch an item once, labels available here.


Once we finished we used the tubs in the room to store dolls and larger toys.


Functional furniture

This toy room had a great little TV cabinet, however there was another really large bookshelf that was sitting unused in the middle of the room.  We decided to purge the old TV cabinet and use the larger bookshelf as it would help to store more items and make them look tidier.  By also having this bookshelf, we were able to purge the DVD stand and stack them into one shelf on the bookshelf.


Now all the teddies, dolls and barbie heads have a home, all in one shelf which will be easy for the girls to grab who they want to play with.  The yellow boxes on the bottom shelf hold all the girls puzzles.  I chose boxes with a lid as I want to keep the puzzles contained so no little pieces can get lost.


These canvas totes fit perfectly on the bookshelf, organising and storing headphones, dolls clothes etc.  The idea with the totes is when the girls want to dress their dolls they can take the basket onto the mat, tip it out rummage through it and then when finished pack back into the tote and easily put back on the shelf.


Claire had this beautiful chest hiding in the back of the room with a blanket over the top stacked with Lego pieces.  Inside the box is all the girls dress up clothes.  Having the lego on top then made it hard for the girls to get into.


I moved the chest into an empty space between the couches which then made some free space to rearrange some of the other items in the room.


Tidying the bookshelf

Kids and books, I remember when my kids were little they just enjoyed pulling them off the shelf.  In the effort of tidying up quickly it’s easy to just pick up the books and pile them on the shelf.  However, by simply standing and lining them up neatly makes it look tidier and provides more room on the shelf.



Reducing the toy clutter

As Claire’s girls have way too many toys we put together a ‘toy rotation system’.  The rotation system is basically putting away few toys for a period of time, in this case I suggested 3 months, this will then result in less clutter in the room and give the girls a chance to easily find the toys that they have.  In 3 months time Claire can bring the toys out from storage, then put another box full of different toys back into storage.  As the toys have been ‘gone’ for 3 months they have a renewed fun element like it’s a new toy!!

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Finding surprises

Claire’s husband Dave was very kind to help us move some of the furniture around, but when he moved the dollhouse away from the window we found a stack of old and very dusty VCR tapes.  Not been used for so many years Dave very graciously said yes to purging most of them, he has kept one or two favourites… great work Dave so impressed!!!



Moving the doll house to the other side of the room gave us some great space for new storage


Better storage solutions

There are always so many little pieces that come with all the different play sets.  I’m using the super cheap Algot System from Ikea.  This system is great giving you the choice of the size baskets you want in the frame.  I chose 2 deep drawers and the rest smaller to keep all like toys together.


The girls couldn’t part with any of their barbies, but having this system gave them enough room to be able to keep them all.


Ample size basket allow them to easily find what they are looking for


A place to be creative

The girls did have a round table that they could sit at and be creative, but it wasn’t big enough for the both of them to spread out.  We got them each a desk to sit at which has a great little tray underneath for them to keep all their paper, scissors stamps etc.


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Hiding bulky items

All the dolls cots, prams and highchairs are stored away under the lego table


The end result

This room has transformed into something remarkable.  Claire was able to put some toys away into the rotation system and donated a few items to her local charity.  With simply improving some storage solutions and moving some of the furniture around, it has made this room function so much better and look so much tidier!


I must add how fantastic is this lego table.  Dad put a piece of board over an old coffee table and has created a little Lego city for the girls.


What area of your toy room do you struggle to keep tidy?


This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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Marie O'Neill April 28, 2014 - 2:25 AM

Great work Kat! This looks amazing and gives me lots of good ideas!

Narelle Hetherington April 28, 2014 - 2:27 AM

you are a work of art : )

Alice Faeth April 28, 2014 - 2:53 AM

That is great – I am still trying to find a good lego solution!

Olivia Statters April 28, 2014 - 2:58 AM

Fantastic job you have done. What a lucky family they are to have you come in and do that for them. I would love to know where the little white desks are from?

Lara Brown April 28, 2014 - 3:09 AM

Great job. i was just looking at the Lego box thing was that from Ikea as well?

Alyce Blyth April 28, 2014 - 3:28 AM

Wow, that is a great transformation!!

Leigh Gaeta April 28, 2014 - 4:06 AM

Wow Kat, the room looks fantastic! The video looks good too! Can’t wait to see mine! 🙂

Alana April 28, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Wow, this makeover is truly amazing and quite inspiring that perhaps I can implement a few of the idea is my kids bedrooms and toy area, they just don’t like putting away their toys after playing with the, I think the toy rotation system will help eliminate some of the mess. Kat I can only imagine how this reader feels, so lucky to have you help and make a difference. I love reading your blog.

Katrina April 28, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Claire was very very grateful, she was such a lovely lady and a wonderful mother I am so pleased I had this opportunity to help her.

Eleise @ A Very Blended Family April 28, 2014 - 12:27 PM

It is a great makeover Kat. We recently did something similar with our toy storage and it made such a difference to keeping things tidy! Love it!

Katrina April 28, 2014 - 12:57 PM

It does, and hopefully these little girls can grab the basket of items they want to play with and when finished pop it back into the basket and keep it tidy 🙂

Jodie April 28, 2014 - 1:11 PM

A great job well done! The presentation of the video was excellent. On your suggestion months ago (maybe even years) we bought from HSW, the containers that are divided up for shoe storage that go under your bed for Lego storage. Works a treat, we have 3 of them, so much easier for the boys to find that piece of Lego they are looking for when making things. Love your blog, keep up the excellent work!

Katrina April 28, 2014 - 1:45 PM

I love those boxes, our local HSW sold out of them for awhile and I know many people were upset by it. They say shoe boxes, but there are so many more uses for them!! I loved how the video turned out too, truly amazing!

Taty Salina April 28, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Thank you for sharing the idea, I also struggling to clean up with the toy mess in my house.

Katrina April 28, 2014 - 1:42 PM

Sometimes Taty it’s simply seeing some other ideas from other homes and then implementing them to suit your home that sets the ball rolling… good luck 🙂

Christina @ Mr & Mrs Romance April 28, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Love this Kat! I would love to have you for a day at my place! Great video and the toy rotation system is such a good idea.

Janet April 28, 2014 - 2:01 PM

Lovely job. So good to see the rotation idea used . Perhaps the girls will gradually be able to give away some more toys too.

Melissa Groom April 28, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Katrina, you are such an inspiration. You have so much talent and it’s so great to see you out there doing what you love and making a massive difference in families lives.

Neha Jolly April 28, 2014 - 2:28 PM

This is just AWESOME!!!!! It gave me so many tips to follow for my toddlers room!!!

Carissa Gorman April 28, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Amazing so inspirational, what a calm inviting creative space it became

Leesa April 28, 2014 - 3:51 PM

well aren’t you the natural actress!!
Love how this has all been put together, fantastic job

Renee April 28, 2014 - 3:56 PM

That playroom is awesome. I especially love the desk in the middle of the room. It has definitely given me some ideas and inspiration.

PlanningQueen April 28, 2014 - 4:32 PM

The family look so happy with the fabulous job you have done Katrina! And awesome work by Kia to get you around the country to help people out – it will make a huge difference to many families and inspire others into action. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Louisa Gormley April 29, 2014 - 2:25 AM

Kat, I adore this post its given me the solutions to help get our play room in order. The way I’ve been dealing with it is to just no enter the room :/ And that Kia is too cute! I’ll see how I go, but we may need to co-lab with a sponsored “sort the G house out” scenario, keen? Fancy a trip to SA, the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula would love to host you!

Divya Rao April 29, 2014 - 5:52 AM

That’s such a neat job! These ‘before’ and ‘after’ videos always make me happy 🙂

Fatima Ebrahim April 29, 2014 - 6:10 PM

When we moved house, I gave away a lot of the kids toys. They were so excited to have their own rooms and a garden, that they didn’t even notice that they only had a small box of toys each

Nikki @ Styling You April 30, 2014 - 8:14 PM

I just love this Kat – the video is fantastic and you’re able to make a difference in someone’s life!

Sharon May 1, 2014 - 9:25 PM

Love what you’ve done. I really love those desks, where can I find them?

Louise Green May 2, 2014 - 2:45 AM

What a huge improvement, well done.

Leanne Renehan May 3, 2014 - 9:40 AM

I love that the room looks like somewhere people live, not like it was modelled for a home magazine. It has great ideas that are practical for us all.

Kellie O'Brien May 9, 2014 - 2:51 AM

This is fantastic, Kat! Very inspiring.

Bec @ The Plumbette May 15, 2014 - 2:13 PM

Love all the storage solutions! What a make over! We have similar tubs too for babies and their accessories. Girl toys can be so fiddly and require so many bits. I thought boy toys would be worse with Lego, but girl toys are just as bad.

LISA @ STARLIGHT MUMMY January 21, 2015 - 8:37 AM

I found this so touching and beautiful. The joy has been found again through some very clever and creative ideas. Well done Kat, what a wonderful lady you are!


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