I got tired of stepping on little Hot Wheels in the middle of the night. I decided that a toy box was just not good enough for my grandson’s toys. So I decided to add him a special place for playing and storage. Especially storage.
I cleaned out a closet that had very little use. Next, I put a fresh coat of paint on the interior walls. I then put in a bright light so that he could easily see what he was doing. I then cut a piece of carpet and placed it on the hardwood floor. This took me less than a hour.
On a side wall of the closet, I put three hooks. These hooks were the plastic one with the large rounded edges. (no injuries with these). These hooks would hold his bag of blocks, Lego’s, ball glove for storage.
I added two shelves on the back wall of the closet. Both of these were half shelves so as not to block out the light. The top shelf was for seasonal items that didn’t have wheels. I didn’t want anything rolling off onto him below. I also put a small lip on it to be sure nothing did.
The middle shelf was for things that he could easily reach and safely play with. It also had a lip on it. This shelf held tractors, combines, bulldozers, and other toys. For little girls, it would be ideal for dolls and stuffed animals.
The old toy box, then went on the floor. All the smaller toys, many which is taken out for play each day, goes in it. It could be opened very easily.
To he left side of it, I placed a plastic laundry basket. In it went footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, Nerf bats, and an old plastic hockey stick.
My last edition was a little chair to sit in. Toys could easily be taken out and placed on top of the toy box to be played with.
To add to the closet, I placed some decals on the inner of walls of fire trucks, John Deere tractors, and a train.
After I got everything placed neatly in it, I knew that I had forgotten something. Books! Where could I put the books? Since I wanted the door to remain open while he played inside, I put a magazine rack on the inside of the door. I placed it just high enough so that he could easily take out books and return them. Above it , I wrote the word “Library.”
On the outside of the closet door, I wrote my grandson’s name. However, I left space for more names to be added. The project was finished.
I couldn’t wait to see what my grandson thought, when he saw it. He went in and opened the toy box and quickly brought out the Hot Wheels to play on the Living Room floor. So much for stepping on things.