Wendy at The Shabby Nest is having a "Taming Kids' Clutter" link party! My little ones have LOTS of stuff, so I am loving this!!
I've posted before about my wall of cubbies in the family room. It is fantastic storage for my children's toys and works really well for our family. My children love having a place for everything and it makes cleanup very easy for them. Actually, that post from last summer gets a lot of hits from Google -- I think there are a lot of parents out there who are looking for toy storage ideas!
This is the picture from last summer--things have been rearranged a bit, but the general idea is the same. I bought those cubbies at Target from the closet organization area, but I know Ikea has something similar. I've even seen it done where people arrange them like built-ins around a window and do a long storage unit under the window and then turn two units on end and put them on either side of the window. My storage units are "wood" colored, but they also come in white.
A couple of years ago I turned an awkward closet under the stairs (also off our family room--to the right of the toy storage) into a toy closet for my children. I painted it with clouds and flowers, bugs, and butterflies and made it into a little haven for my children. In the back of the closet there is more toy storage--one of those racks with bins on it that I think so many of us have. My children really do like having a place to put each and every toy and both children do a great job of doing their own cleanup.
This dresser (which I'm using as a sofa table) is right off the eating area in my *small* kitchen/family room area. Yes, this is the garage sale dresser that I rehabbed. The drawers are full of art supplies for my children. I had hoped they would be able to access the supplies by themselves, but the drawers are too heavy and don't have drawer stops--still, it is very easy for me to pull out what they need and put it on the kitchen table for them to use.
The top drawer houses my Handwriting Without Tears stuff, current worksheets my 5 year old is doing (she loves them, crazy girl!), art kits, and miscellaneous art supplies.
The middle drawer is the most used and has paper, coloring books, lots of crayons (in the basket), paints, and workbooks that we haven't used yet.
The bottom drawer is half-filled with playdough supplies, stickers, Aquadoodle stuff, Perler beads, and the BIG coloring pages.
I love being able to hide away all this "clutter" and yet still have these supplies readily accessible.