No matter what I do to organize my house, the sad reality is that this is what my living room couch looks like at the moment. Creating this little piece of installation art was quite an labor of love for my 2-year-old and though thankfully he's pretty good at putting things away, there just aren't enough places to put it all.
To avoid ugly plastic toy bins throughout the house, I'm on the hunt for furniture that will hide the chaos, doesn't need to be relegated to the nursery, and will be something I want to keep well into the teenage years.
Storage Ottomans: The one pictured above from Urban Outfitters is really nice at $240, but we picked up a similar one at Homegoods last weekend for a mere $100 that we figure we can easily reupholster if it starts to get grungy.
Credenzas: There are tons of options out there from Mid-Century craiglist finds to Ikea, but we're really liking the look of this metal one from CB2 that seems sturdy enough to endure even the toughest tricycle assault.
Lockers: Yes, they do bring elementary school to mind, but we're seriously digging vintage lockers right now and they'd definitely fit in a grown-up space. We googled "used lockers" in our area and found this one priced nicely at $18 per door. Also see: Top 10: Metal Locker Sources.
Storage Coffee Tables: For living room storage in a pinch this coffee table from West Elm is pretty classy looking and the sliding top is a great idea for accessing stored stuff without danger of everything on the table being dumped to the floor.
What furniture helps you keep toddler clutter in check?