Storing children’s toys can be an important part of moving, and whether you have kids that play with a large number of toys or you collect toys yourself, considering how they will be stored and moved is something to consider. Many toys have small moving parts that can be damaged if stored improperly, and for toy collections storage is even more important. Vintage toys can be subject to wear and tear or even temperature and moisture damage if they are not stored correctly. Here, we’ll go over a few basic rules for storing toys so that they are kept in good condition.

The way you will want to store toys depends on how they are being used. If you have kids that play with the toys, storing them in a large tub is perfectly fine. Storing children’s toys in tubs separated by which kid they belong to, or what type of toy they are is an easy way to stay organized during a move. For collectors of toys, you will want to keep toys in their original packaging to maintain their condition. Toys that have been removed from their packaging should be bubble wrapped and stored in small boxes, with one or two toys to a box. This will keep them from being crushed or otherwise damaged during moving.

If you are not moving, but simply want to store the toys in an area of your home, then there are a number of ways to do this. Storing children’s toys in a chest or similar central receptacle is an easy way to keep them all in one place, and makes picking them up and putting them away easier as well. For collectors, you will want to store the toys individually in a cool, dry place that does not get frequent direct sunlight. Sunlight, moisture, and temperature changes can damage toys over time, hurting their collector’s value. A common choice for toy storage is a closet, as it meets all these conditions.

Storing children’s toys can be accomplished in a number of ways, but depending on whether the toys are played with and whether they have value as collectibles should dictate how this is done. By taking stock of what type of storage is necessary for the toys, they can be kept in good condition as well as kept organized by taking the necessary steps to ensure they are stored correctly.

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