I used to keep the small things -- jump ropes, balls, shovels, etc -- in a pink round bin in the garage. Now that the backyard is finally finished, I want that stuff in the backyard, but I don't want it to get all yucky.
I'm looking forward to seeing some solutions. Right now, all toys, boxes of chalk, scooters, etc. are on the front porch covered in spider webs and dirt. We're decorating for Halloween this weekend so I need to find a solution STAT.
Would love to see pix of your backyard if you're comfortable sharing MWC!!!!
We keep everything in the shed. Once it gets too cold, we put them in the basement and put the snow blower and sleds and stuff in the shed. It isn't too big. We have the bikes and scooters and all that good stuff hanging and we have plastic shelves for the chalk, bubbles etc. I highly recommend a nice storage shed.
The first apartment we lived in, the owners put the outdoor toys in plastic storage bins and kept them under the awning. It worked so well but I wouldn't recommend it without the awning. The bigger items like bikes and scooters were kept in the shed.
Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (5 1/2) and DS2 - Nathan (2 1/2 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
Honestly my kids play outside all year long. When we have a snow coming they put their bikes in their club house. The small items they bring inside. The small items are mostly cars and tractors. The balls and sport equipment they but in the shed with the lawn mower. This is their permanent home. We just have a bin in there that they get dumped in.
I saw a plastic bench with storage under it. We looked at it for the kids to put some things in. Until we redo our back yard though I just dont' have a good place for it.
Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
Our flat yard is actually in front so our garage (which faces the front yard) worked very well for the ball bin, super saokers, slip-n-slide, chalk and trikes/small bikes but now that they are bigger I've had to increase the storage space. I now have small shed on the side of the garage that houses the 3 kid's bikes, scooters, plasma car, cozy coupe. It really has helped clear out the garage.
My mom has a smaller space and bought a tall Rubbermaid cabinet type thing (looks alomst like an armoire) that she uses to hold some of their outdoor stuff and her planting items. If you only need housing for smaller items (no bigger than a scooter) it would work well for you and protect things from weather.
We just use rubber trugs made from old truck tires. The stuff gets wet but that is fine with us. Anymore it is just balls. We re-did some areas of the garden last month taking away the natural sandbox play area that we built a couple years back and built a "small" mountain with large rocks for Levi to play on. Levi actually designed the space and talked it through with our landscape artitect. He sets up his soliders or lego villages that he creates on the rocks but those items come in the when he is done. Anything that might get too gross also comes in at the end of the day. Also, I don't want a bunch of toys strewn around in the garden either.
The storms that come through here would blow every last item to the next town, so we pile it all in there and then stack bikes and scooters on top when the wind comes up. It isn't the prettiest thing but it blends in pretty well and the kids climb all over it or eat snack on top of it when they don't want to come inside so it works well for us.
Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (41) DD (5) DS (2) Just eat it, will ya
We have something similar to what Deb (Seeit2) has. It's huge and holds all the trucks, balls, bubble wands, and anything else I can put in there and we still have lots of extra room. It's in the backyard on the side of the house. Getting the kids to actually put their stuff back in is another issue.
Loll Design has some great outdoor products. They are made from recycled plastic and really hold up well. We bought their BBO2 table and chairs for Levi 3 years ago and they still look great. I found this outdoor storage container by them that would work great as an outdoor toy bin. I'm going to think about getting it next year.
Funny you mentioned Loll Design. I'm looking into buying 6 new adirondack rockers for my outdoor firepit in Lake Tahoe. I can't stand the constant maintance on my wooden ones and told DH this was the last summer I wanted to spend sanding/refinishing my old rockers back to life. Do Loll's really fair well in the elements? We have hot dry summers, wet falls, cold snowy winters and cool, wet, shlushy springs.
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