It may be a pile of rocks to you but to your son, it’s a “collection.” Whatever the item may be, collecting stuff starts early in a kid’s life and seems to accumulate overnight. Bet in all the nursery planning storing kids’ collectibles were not part of the storage solutions you envisioned and before you knew it, you had a mountain of stuffed animals, books, and baby toys.
Kids are pack rats (or is it mom?) and by the time they reach high school they have accumulated a massive amount of stuff. Some items are treasures to be displayed for friends and family to see; some items are memorabilia to be stored for recording a child’s personal history.
From toys to jewelry to music, kids collections need a home. Where treasures are placed is determined by your child’s age and if it’s look-don’t-touch, to play with, or just for memories. Found a few ideas to share showing collections of all age kids. Will get more specific in future posts….too many collectibles to show in one post. Let me know if these ideas spur your creativity. Enjoy!For the serious car collector, wall mounted display within reach for playtime and easy to return cars when finished. Design of this display is fabulous! Want to make it yourself? See the tutorial here. This display is much simpler for those who aren’t handy with woodworking tools. Find a pre-made display case and fill with your “color coded car collection”. Now that’s a tongue twister. High shelves are good for collections you want out of circulation. Easy for quick rotation of toys and size doesn’t matter but be sure shelves are securely attached. Stuffed animal collections seem to grow the quickest….and are rarely played with. This simple solution cage uses little floor space. Reminds me of the pet shop with staring puppy eyes that say “let me out”! When baby outgrows the cradle, use it for storing stuffed animals. They look pretty comfortable there too! Glass bottles show off colorful marble and shell collections, plus keep the dust off. I still have my jar full of shells from beach visits as a teen…..and now my son has jars of his shell collections. Retired baseballs, tennis balls, and softballs on display. Age and wear doesn’t matter in this collection. A growing collection of guitars stored within easy reach for use, on display for admiration. Drapery hardware is great for a hanging jewelry display. New pieces, mom’s vintage, or grandma’s antiques look nice….but beware! Keep valuable items locked away. Just use this type display for costume jewelry.
See the Kids’ Room Collection Series for storage ideas for specifics like cars, dolls, and action figure toys.