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Q: I know toy storage questions are commonplace, but I have a question that I think you might not have addressed before. I'd love to know what folks do with oversized or odd-shaped toys. Our son is turning 3 and our living room is a makeshift garage-slash-dumping ground for all his toys. In particular we have a number of large ride-on toys that he's outgrown (but insists on keeping around) and toys that simply take up a lot of square footage, but don't get used often. (continued below)

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We are lucky enough to have a garage that can be used, but storing those items there just shifts the pile to another room, without creating any order. Short of getting a storage shed, I don't think there are boxes that are appropriately sized for this kind of stuff. We do not want to get rid of the items yet in case of other children and disassembling seems like a waste of energy. How do other people store such odd-shaped and large items without simply creating a large, plastic pile? (And as a secondary matter, is there a way to do this while minimizing toddler grief? Or do you just store things away in the middle of the night?)

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A post worth checking out: Small Space Living: Where to Store Ride-On Toys

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