If your family room looks more like the set of 'Romper Room', then you need to create storage solutions for toys, games, and crafts.
Large toys. Use a wide and fairly shallow container. Kids should be able to reach for a toy on the bottom without too much trouble. A wooden chest or rattan basket can function as well-disguised receptacles for toys.
Small toys. For blocks, Matchbox cars, and tea party essentials, use clear, lidded plastic storage boxes and store them on shelves inside a larger storage piece such as an armoire or TV unit. Use identical boxes that will stack well and give a uniform look. Label the boxes with a label maker or, especially for younger children, with pictures of what's inside.
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