Look!: Bookcases for Toy Storage

We took this photo of our toy shelf at home and thought how it made more sense to use a bookcase to store our son's toys, rather than a toy box.

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Using a toy box seemed to encourage more messiness than order since toys were usually dumped out of the box. We decided to display his toys, using the Ikea Robin bookcase, once he was tall enough to be able to reach most of the shelves.

Placing his toys on a shelf encourages our son to put things back where he got them from and there is a certain sense of pride for him in seeing his toys arranged just so.

What we really like about this idea is that when he's older, we already have a bookcase for his room as well.

What nifty storage solutions do you have that are a bit out of the ordinary?