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5 Smart Ways to Store Toy Cars

By michellehorton |


If you have a toddler boy, you might understand my toy car overload. Under the couch, in the bathroom, hanging out in doorways — all ready to be stepped on or tripped over. I even found one under our fitted sheet last night. Seriously, where do all of these cars come from?

Here are 5 smart ways to handle the jam-packed traffic beyond dump-able buckets and baskets:

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6 Brilliant Toy Car Storage Solutions

Magnetic Knife Holder

An inexpensive magnetic knife holder (like from IKEA) is the perfect way to store your kid's cars. Is that genius or what?

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13 thoughts on “5 Smart Ways to Store Toy Cars

  1. grace says:

    I really thought the knife magnet idea was brilliant. So much in fact, that as soon as I read it, I went to my kids’ car basket, grabbed a handful, and tried it on my the very one pictured that I have in my kitchen. None of them stuck. Most have a plastic undercarriage, and the ones aren’t still don’t stick :(

    1. michellehorton says:

      Oh no! The one in the picture is from IKEA – is yours?

    2. S says:

      It didn’t work for us either.
      Super cool idea though!

  2. grace says:

    Yes, same one.

  3. Raquel says:

    wow ingenious! always looking for creative ideas for storing toys:)

  4. Delta Breeze says:

    I had the same experience. No car, or even the metal Thomas trains, will stick.
    Great idea, but it doesn’t work. : (

  5. B.A. Bookworm says:

    I love this idea! What a cool way to decorate a boys bedroom and a great way to get those cars off the floor. I was a little disappointed when I read the comments about them not sticking though. So, I thought, why not just use some magnetic paint on the bottom of the cars you want to hang and then it will stick! As long as your kids don’t put the cars in their mouths then that would be a great way to make it work. If your kids still put things in their mouths, then I would wait to do that till they get a bit older.

  6. StacyH says:

    the cars pictured look like old school matchbox. current cars are mostly plastic and probably wont work. I was hoping to try this too, we’ll see.

  7. Stacey says:

    If you have the time and want to put forth the effort, buy some craft magnets and glue them to the undersides of the cars. Should work fine!

  8. Agnes says:

    I especially love the “too heavy to dump” part. I really think all of the above wouldn’t make sense since you can always throw everything at once on the floor and that’s all the fun! With something really heavy it could work. Thank you!

  9. Kari says:

    Grace- as soon as I read idea #1, I thought that won’t work. So few cars are made of only magnetizing metal now. It obviously has nothing to do with where you get your knife magnet!!

  10. julia @ Simpletruths says:

    Our current favorite car storage are the bottom 2 rows of one of those clear plastic, over the door shoe organizers. My son calls them his “car pockets.”

  11. Ashley says:

    We have ours hanging up and the cars don’t stick. I am going to try to hot glue magnetic strip pieces to the bottoms and hope that works. So sad! Awesome idea if it worked =)

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