I’ve got 4 kids under this roof and they have a lot of
crap toys. In my quest to have a stylish-but-kid-friendly home, I’ve looked for a way to keep the toys off the floor. One favorite toy around here is that darn train set. Wait…actually, I’ve got four sets (plus more)!
- 2 wooden IKEA Basic Train Sets…
- a IKEA Train Set with Bridge and Tunnel…
- a Go! Go! Smart Wheels Train Station Set…
- a Car Wash Set…
- AND (finally) a Fire Command Rescue Center Set!
WHEW! Do you see how many pieces this craziness has?! It’s almost as bad as having Legos around the house. Am I right?
But no, I did not purchase these all at once. (I’m not insane.) They were gifts to the kids, on different occasions, from different people. To keep them off the floor, I used to keep these in big Sterilite plastic bins. Not stylish in the least, but they did the job.
But dear husband, I want style! I’m going shopping at Target!
Yay for husbands who let their wives go to Target, knowing full well what the shopping consequences will be – even if she went in with a list.
Ta-da! Clearance Sale on these babies! $12 for each storage ottoman was a steal!
Bye bye unfashionable, bland Sterilite bins. Hello cute, teal, and practical storage ottomans!
I gathered up all the plastic trains, car wash, and fire truck pieces and separated them – the huge pieces in one, and the million, small pieces in another.
Moms, dads, grandparents, anyone with a kid…I’m telling you, IT WAS PERFECT.
It was so perfect that they EVEN fit under my side table. The result was a bonus pseudo-coffee table with extra seating! #Winning!
And for the other hundred, wooden IKEA train set pieces? I had a smaller, old storage ottoman lying around… Still perfect.
I just love it when things work out. Don’t you?