8 Ways To Reuse A Toy Bin

By Alisha Rosenthal
In Homemaking
Nov 16th, 2014

When my oldest 2 were very small, I bought the toy bins from Target. They were great investments and have been used for several things, other than toys. I have heard friends say that they regret getting rid of theirs. I thought I would give you some great ideas to continue to use yours, if you have them, or some great reasons to buy them, if you haven’t yet.

Of course, you can use them as they are intended, for toy storage.

Toy Bin

Here are 8 ways to reuse a toy bin:

1. Use the plastic bins in the kitchen pantry. I labeled the toy bins and used them in the pantry for spices, snacks, and things like sprinkles and baking chips. Put a label on the side of it and always know where your little things are. I also used one in the fridge for a snack box. It held things like string cheese, baggies of apple slices and grapes or strawberries, juice boxes, and baggies of veggies.

2. Use the rack alone for sports equipment. Since the bins were in use in the pantry and fridge, I had put the rack in the garage for storage. It occurred to me that it looked just like the basketball rack at school, so I tried it. It was the perfect size to hold basketballs, footballs and soccer balls.

3. Use the bins in dresser drawers to separate small items. The bins were just the right height to fit in our dresser drawers. I put one in the top drawers of each of our dressers and filled them with socks, undies, belts or hair bows.

4. Use the rack to air dry your laundry. I never put out shirts in the dryer and I don’t like to put them on hangers because it stretches out the shoulders. Placing them over the empty toy bin rack was the perfect solution.

5. Craft supply holder. Since their are two different sizes, the toy bins are perfect for craft room storage. For a little extra work, you can unscrew the ends and slide spools of ribbon onto the rack itself.

6. Wrapping station. Again, you can unscrew the ends of the rods and slide wrapping paper onto it. Use a couple of the bins fro bows, tape, scissors, cards, etc.

7. Bathroom organizers. I still have some bins in bathrooms under our sinks. I put Mani/pedi supplies in one and small bottle of meds that wouldn’t fit in the medicine cabinet in the other. I keep these labeled so that I can just pull the entire bin out when I need somethings and search through it in stead of having to look through the entire cabinet.

8. Office supplies. Or school supplies. I have a small bin on each of our desks in the homeschool room to hold whatever items are essential the the person sitting at that desk. My daughter’s has her current novel, a bowdabera, and some pencils in it. My son”s has his computer ¬†headphones, student dictionary, and some little trinkets he likes to fidget with while doing school work.


I am sure there are many different ways to use these things! Let me know if you can think of any more

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I am a Christian wife and homeschooling mother of my 3 children ages 12, 11, and 5. I am a hot mess but I somehow manage to accomplish things! I hope I can be an inspiration to someone out there, like so many others have been to me!

6 Comments to “8 Ways To Reuse A Toy Bin”

  1. Jamie says:

    What great ideas! We’ve used these for our dressers and separating smaller items in the drawer!

  2. Jessica says:

    I am goingt o keep these ideas in mind for when my kids out grow theirs.

  3. Tricia W. says:

    I wish I would have seen this post a year ago ! I never thought to reuse the bins this way !

  4. These are all great ideas.

  5. becca says:

    Great tips for a toy bin. Wish I hadn’t got rid of mine.

  6. These are all awesome ideas. I wish the I had room for the rack in my laundry room. :)

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