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Songmics Toy Storage and Bookshelves Unit

Songmics have done it again with this fabulous value for money children’s storage unit.  If you are looking for something that doesn’t cost the earth, but looks stylish and holds lots of your child’s books and boxes for toy storage then check out this multipurpose colourful unit.

The unit comes flat packed but I found it very simple to build on my own and did it fairly quickly.  It’s quite light to carry empty and does have supports to attach to the wall should you feel you want to use them.  The colourful toy storage boxes are sturdy and strong and ideal for my 6yr old’s endless little bitty toys that he loves to collect and he can remove a box when he wants and just put it back over the bars when he’s finished.

The book holder is useful and I love the way all the books face you so that the child an select a book by glancing at the front cover easily.  I try and change the books around every few weeks with others so that he constantly gets different ones to look at and choose for bedtime reading. Overall I’m thrilled with this storage idea and it has proved a hit with my boy, he loves seeing all his things and has easy access to them to play with or put back when it’s ‘tidy up’ time.

With this being such a useful, great piece, I’m giving you the chance to win one for yourself – exactly as you see in the picture below.  If you’d like to win then scroll down and fill in the gleam form to get your entries in.

Songmics toy and bookshelf storage

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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  1. Tracy Nixon says:

    Have a nice set of colourful storage boxes, each labelled with the toy that is kept inside – if your child cannot read, then stick a picture of the toy on the front (eg LEGO, DUPLO, Cars etc) It will encourage your child to tidy up after them.

  2. abigail edkins says:

    make tidying up toys fun for kids, mary poppins does it well

  3. kelly L says:

    Lots of good storage always helps to give toys a home!

  4. Kirsty Greer says:

    Plenty of storage and not all just dumped in one big box works well for us x

  5. iain maciver says:

    plenty storage

  6. Hannah Scudder says:

    Plenty of storage and choose toys carefully.

  7. Jeanette Leighton says:

    Buy storage boxes and put the toys away in a cupboard that don’t get played with and just left on the floor

  8. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Label boxes and have good storage

  9. Lisa Houston says:

    seperate boxes for everything. so all fireman sam toys in one box. books in another. cars in another. keep all kinds together so u know where they are

  10. Andrea Fletcher says:

    Plenty of storage boxes.

  11. only allow a few out at a time,put away as soon as finished

  12. Kim Styles says:

    I tidy at the end of the day -and I can then put them away neatly . I and the kids would spend to much time putting toys away through out the day otherwise. I do however keep puzzles separate from the rest of toys and we play these together round the table

  13. Alice Dixon says:

    Lots of separate storage boxes so one thing can be neatly put away before getting another out

  14. Lorna Ledger says:

    Bribery! Haha, Reward charts, get the kids involved, A front room box ( one for everyone) that at the end of the day everyone chucks their things in, then at the end of the week, everyone sorts their box out x

  15. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    Plenty of storage boxes or tubs

  16. melanie stirling says:

    Tell them it’s a race to see who can tidy up the quickest.

  17. Kim Neville says:

    Different containers where they can organise certain toys to go in one so they dont get mixed up and easy to find

  18. sarah rees says:

    lots of storage

  19. stephanie Campbell says:

    a uni with lots of compartments makes it easier to group together different toys and make it easier to organise

  20. Sarah Mackay says:

    Label the boxes and always get the kids to help or against and tidy

  21. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

    Lead by example
    Children learn my copying adult behaviour
    If it’s the norm they are more likely to follow suit-especially when prompted and incentives are in offer

  22. Solange says:

    Invest in a few storage boxes of different sizes. Buy large boxes for bulky toys and smaller ones for the flimsy model airplanes, tubes of bubbles and bouncy balls. If your children know that everything has a home it’s easier for them to keep things tidy.

  23. Emma Walters says:

    i use the canvas hanging shoe compartments for all their soft toys so they can see them but i can still shut the away in the wardrobe 🙂

  24. Sue McCarthy says:

    Storage containers. Teach them from a young age to tidy up. But I don’t have any kids so don’t know if this would really work!

  25. Tony Metcalfe says:

    Try making a game of it, a fun game usually does the trick.

  26. Liam Bishop says:

    Everything needs a home, if it doesn’t have a home then you don’t need it!

  27. tamsyn says:

    this is amazing, my daughter would love this x

  28. Isabel O says:

    Try and have a good clear out at least a few times a year. That way things that aren’t played with any more can go to the charity shop or other children that need them, and the place can stay tidy and fresh.

  29. Jade Hewlett says:

    Have regular clear outs of toys that aren’t played with

  30. Nicola Marshall says:

    Lots of storage and a good clear out every few months.

  31. Susan Trubey says:

    The only thing I can think of to keep toys tidy is to tie the children up. We can’t do that so accept the mess.

  32. AMANDA W says:

    to keep my kids toys tidy i have Ottomans that i can chuck them all into to keep them out of site when i need adult time!!

    1. Rachel Craig says:

      The children’s toys. Then maybe the children should be Responsible for tidying away their toys. Nowadays I often hear of tidy up time. It seems to be what Parents are using to involve their children in being Responsible, Caring individuals. As who wants to trip over a toy, or have a visitor do so.

  33. Victoria Thurgood says:

    we have storage boxes for different toys, I use labels to keep them tidy in the right boxes

  34. Natalie Crossan says:

    Storage storage and more storage 😀 xxx

  35. Vicki Weston says:

    Lots of large tubs to throw everything in

  36. Laura Nice says:

    Lots of storage throughout the house

  37. Kay Sherman says:

    We have certain drawers for certain things at the moment it seems to be working

  38. Pam Smith says:

    If I knew the answer I’d be worth a fortune! Bright coloured storage that’s clearly labelled always helps

  39. Naila M says:

    We tend to keep a lot of storage boxes, and label each one of them so we know whats in each box.

  40. john prendergast says:

    Top tip dont buy them any toys lol
    have regular clear outs they soon outgrow toys

  41. Martina Pichova says:

    When they finish playing with one thing, encourage them to put it away before they get something else out.

  42. Angela Treadway says:

    Keep them all in boxes together like a box for the Lego, a box for figures ect so they can just pull out what box they want then the toys will all be together and once a year have a clear out of any old toys they don’t play with anymore and give to your local school or charity x

  43. Lindsey Stuart says:

    Keep everything as organised as possible, Always have storage for different toys and label them.
    Have a clear out at least twice a year 🙂

  44. Stevie says:

    We are very basic and keep most of the favourite toys in carrier bags.

  45. Kim M says:

    We like under the bed storage – so easy to roll away x

  46. Isabell Whitenstall says:

    Lots of brightly coloured storage with different toys grouped together.

  47. fiona waterworth says:

    lots of rewards preferably healthy such as yoghurts, we bought lots of storage boxes until a reward chart was in place they would not put stuff back in the right place

  48. Michelle Ferguson says:

    Donate toys that aren’t played with to charity

  49. Angie McDonald says:

    Go through toys once a month and get rid of any you haven’t played with for a while

  50. As others have said, plenty of storage. I use drawers for art and craft stuff and boxes for the numerous toys

  51. Chris Andrews says:

    make it fun . . . . if there are siblings, make it a game

  52. Rachel Craig says:

    Aim to have sufficient storage. Also “Tidy Up Time” :- Children tidy away their toys immediately after play session. Having that as the normal regular routinue is hugely beneficial, as well as Respectful of toys, space, Parents and Carers. Sets up a positive attitude which will hopefully last a lifetime.

  53. Michelle Bruce says:

    Involve them in ‘tidy up time’ as part of their bedtime routine. Make sure you have a place for everything and everything in it’s place.

  54. Stacey Dsouza says:

    Keep multiple storage toy boxes one in each room so that play time and tidying up is quick and easy .

  55. lynn neal says:

    Get the children to make a game out of picking up their toys and then it doesn’t seem such a chore!

  56. claire woods says:

    I keep all the same type of toys in one place.

  57. Emma Ellison says:

    Use zip- lock bags to keep smaller toys together, like mini figures, then they don’t get jumbled up inside storage boxes

  58. pete c says:

    once they can understand encourage them just to take one thing out at a time and to put it back

  59. Jo McPherson says:

    Getting into a routine to tidy as we go along

  60. Holly brazier says:

    Wow amazing ! Love it

  61. have things organised best you can then when little ones are looking for something they don’t have to empty everything out, they can just go straight to it. This also helps in stopping them becoming frustrated at not being able to find something with in the first 10 seconds of looking

  62. STACY SORRELL says:

    we have lots of ‘clear outs’ where my daughter chooses which toys to donate to charity. so we dont end up with too many toys.

  63. Laura Pritchard says:

    I have a one down one up rule – they can’t bring another set of toys downstairs unless they tidy the last ones up!

  64. Cat Williams says:

    I try to encourage my little boy to tidy up one thing before getting out others

  65. Susan Breese says:

    Start as you mean to continue with children and have bright accessible containers for them to put their toys in after use.

  66. Rebecca Smith says:

    I like to keep them organised by sorting them into different catagories like books, crafts, vehicles, dolls etc

  67. Christina Palmer says:

    Plenty of storage so your little one knows what goes where and put away some toys before getting out more. Help your little one pack up so they don’t see it as a chore

  68. Ruth Harwood says:

    We have toy boxes in every room to keep toys in so we’re not constantly picking up and moving them all over the house!!

  69. Kieran says:

    Storage storage and more storage. Also make a game of tiding up

  70. Rachel Butterworth says:

    Try hanging one of those plastic shoe organisers (the ones with all the pockets) on the back of the door.

  71. Karen Knox says:

    Declutter regularly, the less you have the easier it is to keep it all tidy!

  72. Tracy b says:

    Storage!!! And I encourage the children to rehome toys they don’t want anymore so there isn’t loads of unloved toys taking up valuable space.

  73. Sally Collingwood says:

    Clear them away when the kids are in bed!

  74. kayleigh white says:

    Plastic under the bed storage systems!

  75. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    For us it helps that our daughter takes responsibility for tidying up and putting her toys away after her playtime.

  76. Anthea Holloway says:

    Lots of brightly coloured boxes with pictures of books or soft toys or games on them so that the items can easily be sorted by children and adults too.

  77. Sophie D says:

    Don’t stress during the day and do a big clear up every evening before bedtime

  78. Dawn Samples says:

    Make sure everything has a place so children know where to put things x

  79. Please, we have books everywhere and this would be perfect to tidy them up and display them nicely x
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  80. Fiona says:

    I think having proper storage makes all the difference!

  81. Rich Tyler says:

    We have plastic boxes that fit under bed, tidy up time is a must!

  82. Heather Haigh says:

    Make tidying away a game to do together – a race to put away all the blue things first for example

  83. Kathleen marsden says:

    Don’t buy too many toys and the ones they have make it fun to tidy up

  84. Carolyn Heyworth says:

    So many toys at a time out, rotate them so not everything is out, keep mess down

  85. stuart hargreaves says:

    different colours of storage boxes – make it a game same kind of toys in same box. or same colour of toys in same box

  86. Marc Chivers says:

    Enough storage in each room so it’s easy to tidy them away

  87. amy bondoc says:

    i currently use alot of plastic tubs that have been labelled up as to whats in them

  88. leanne weir says:

    choose toys carefully so that they rotate them

  89. Tina Hewitt says:

    We always make tidying away a fun time, sometimes we have a little race,or I might close my eyes and count to ??? then see how much has been put away

  90. francis lee says:

    get yourself a large chest in their bedroom

  91. Heather T says:

    Buy some plastic storage boxes with lids – any old toys they haven’t played with for a few months can get spirited away!

  92. Mark Sanderson says:

    Try to make tidying up part of a childs routine, it makes life so much easier!

  93. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) says:

    Lots of storage boxes and teaching children from an early age to tidy after themselves!

  94. Ren Taylor says:

    Throw them all away lol…no just joking but do have a clearout every so often or maybe a carboot sale to make money for new toys? Regarding tidying up I always ask my children to tidy one thing away before getting out another.

  95. Emma Wallace says:

    We have a one in – one out rule – so when you get a new toy out an old toy gets put back – my son is pretty good at it

  96. Bob Clark says:

    make sure you are clear at the end of each and every day

  97. michelle speight says:

    plenty of boxes for the smaller toys keep them tidy and in one place

  98. Rebecca Duncan says:

    lots and lots and lots of storage boxes

  99. Chrissy Harris says:

    My best tip is to try to only allow one type of toy out at a time – no playmobil mixed with Lego!

  100. Tammy Westrup says:

    Organised storage and train the kids to use it!

  101. Amy Wright says:

    Don’t buy any toys haha only joking! I always get my children to tidy their toys away after themselves

  102. James Donovan says:

    Getting your kids into the habit of putting back toys where they found. Also go through the toys every few months to see what they no longer play with and donate them to charity

  103. Sidrah Ahmed says:

    I have storage box with labels on with which type of toys such as one box is a lego box and another box is just for soft toys and i tell my kids to always tidy up after they have finished playing with the toys

  104. Caroline H says:

    A limit on how many toys can be taken out and played with at any one time (a reasonable 5-7 limit). If the kids are bored and want something else, they need to decide what goes away.

  105. Monica Gilbert says:

    Don’t get them.
    To be serious, get as many small storage containers as possible. I’m actually using a clear plastic container that held chocolates to hold my daughter’s collection of hair ties. Still finding them all over the place, but at least I know where the majority are.

  106. Inga Andersen says:

    Easy, right from the start teach them to put them away when they’ve used them. Any left on the floor are confiscated for a day 🙂

  107. Jennifer Ball says:

    Making sure it’s done as we go along, no new toys out without some others being tidied away first!

  108. leigh boyle says:

    we have 2 boxes in bedrooms if you want more out put some away first x

  109. elena kase says:

    Best tip for leaving kids toys tidy is leave minimal amount of toys to play and hide the rest. Not sure about others but my youngest son get so much pleasure to getting all toys out at once and making big pile of mess with which he of course don’t play. He is not really into digging stuff out.Fancy storage boxes of course help, to get all stuff back and room looks nice and tidy but it take ages to sort all those legos, train track and other bits. :)))

  110. James Travis says:

    Good storage boxes and make sure its done as we go along

  111. toni pearson says:

    we put photos of the toys that belong in each box to promote putting things away where they belong.

  112. JULIE WARD says:

    We have character storage boxes and drawers under the beds

  113. Ursula Hunt says:

    A large toy box and lots of shelves

  114. katie w says:

    make tidying up a fun task

  115. Jo Carroll says:

    I just point to Daddy panicking when he can’t find what he’s looking for…which happens nearly every day 😉 No one wants to be like that! x

  116. claire glace says:

    I use colourful containers with stickers to show what is stored in them, and we make a game of putting things away and tidying up!

  117. donna l jones says:

    label whats in each box

  118. Dean T says:

    Boardgames in the cupboard, boxes under the bed, books on the shelf and the Playstation is fine where it is!

  119. steph lovatt says:

    lot’s of storage

  120. This reminds me of the storage you find in preschools! Brilliant idea x

  121. LOUISE HEATON says:

    Always have plenty of storage for starters…As for playing, suggest maybe 2 or 3 toys out and if your child wants to get another toy out then they must swap one for the other-It encourages tidiness.

  122. carol boffey says:

    make tidying a game

  123. katie smith says:

    Good storage and getting the kids in the habit of tidying u after themselves.

  124. Sheila Hodgson says:

    A labelled brightly coloured box for everything

  125. christine WESTLAKE says:

    Have plenty of easy to see bright storage &
    get the children to help tidy up .

  126. Pauline Burroughs says:

    Make sure that everything has it’s place then children will know where to put things rather than just pushing it all under the bed!

  127. Angela Kelly says:

    Colour coding storage boxes with the colour of the toys makes my OCD very happy.

  128. Cheryl says:

    Label the toybox as a home, for example ‘Bunny’s home’ is where Bunny lives with all of the other toys. It’s where Bunny and the other toys go to bed at night, meaning the room is tidied at the end of every day

  129. Victoria Dixon says:

    I get the children to help me tidy and I give them a treat if they do it well

  130. Karen Dixon says:

    Make a game out of tidying up

  131. Yolanda Davis says:

    i had drawers with wheels on that slid under the kids beds

  132. sheri Darby says:

    Tidy up each toy before getting out the next one

  133. andrea e says:

    plenty of labelled storage boxes and toys not played with are taken away.

  134. adrian price says:

    get a cleaner

  135. Christine Oprey says:

    Lots of storage boxes!

  136. Fiona Johnstone says:

    Sturdy storage boxes which you can put on top of each other and label. Keep some toys out the way so that every few weeks they can be brought out and looked at and played with, with fresh enthusiasm. Put away a new bundle of toys that aren’t being played with so much. They can be brought out in future. Less toys lying about.

  137. Nancy Bradford says:

    Teach them from the very beginning that they don’t play unless they put them away afterwards.

  138. Tracy Read says:

    Make tidying up a game!

  139. Victoria Morris says:

    Encourage them to put toys away before getting out a new one. Even better if you have storage space so only one box of toys at a time!

  140. Jessica Quinn says:

    Get the children involved in tidying. It sets them in good stead for later life if they tidy up after themselves.

  141. Marie Rule says:

    Buy lots of storage boxes to keep your child’s toys tidy.

  142. Jilly H says:

    I have a photograph of each toy on its storage box. That way the children know what goes where.

  143. Limit the amount of things that can be out at the same time. Makes tidying up a lot quicker

  144. Eileen Tingle says:

    When my children were little I used large margarine tubs on shelves to keep all the little pieces tidy. It worked very well but now I’d like to win this colourful unit for my grandchildren.

  145. Lou Taylor says:

    Regularly sort and pass on anything that is outdated – and, encourage the nippers to pack away before te next thing can come out.

  146. Adrian Bold says:

    We use lots of storage boxes / units to keep things tidy. We also have regular ‘clear ups’ where we get rid of toys that haven’t been used in a while.

  147. Maria P says:

    When my daughter was younger, I had a colour coding for the boxes, so she was able to help me with the tidying up

  148. Jayne K says:

    Clear storage boxes for mixed small toys so that they can see the contents without having to get everything out.

  149. champaklal Lad says:

    get them to tidy up, ask them before them start to play with the toys

    1. champaklal Lad says:

      if they say yes, then let them play with the toys

  150. Natalie Gillham says:

    Teach them to put away the toy they have played with before they start playing with another.

  151. pauline black says:

    we have plastic boxes in different colours for different toys. Getting them to put stuff in them is still proving to be difficult!

  152. astrid c says:

    lots of storage boxes!!!

  153. Jodie W says:

    Plenty of storage (or failing that send a load of toys to grandma’s!)

  154. Louise Ryves says:

    Regularly have a declutter session asking your children to choose their favourite toys and car booting the rest.

  155. T. Brailey says:

    I turn it into a game with music. I play songs and they have to see if they can get the toys into the toy box before it ends.

  156. zoe brown says:

    good storage and trug buckets

  157. marie miles says:

    when mine were younger we used to make a game out of putting toys away with a small reward for completion (like a pack of stickers or a magazinr or something small cant quite remember as my youngest is 16 now) i think if its made in to fun like a game it doesnt seem so much like a chore and young childrens like toddlers like an incentive of a reward.

  158. sarah burton says:

    Plenty of storage boxes and get the kids to help tidy up after an activity before getting another box out

  159. Nicola O'Brien says:

    Have regular clear outs with unused toys being donated to the charity shop.

  160. Jayne Kelsall says:

    I have a couple of underbed boxes but things still get mixed up .x

  161. Stacy Fenemore says:

    storage boxes under the bed

  162. Ray Dodds says:

    Loads of well labelled storage

  163. sandy ralph says:

    make a game of tidying up the toys, eg who can get the most toy cars picked up first, then the most lego etc

    1. Oksana Fitzgerald says:

      Plenty of storage and keep only the toys that they play with

  164. Kulwinder Lombardelli says:

    Provide them with easy organisational solutions and then encourage them through fun to use it.

  165. Tammy Neal says:

    Make tidying up fun for the kids make it into a game xx

  166. sarah fielding says:

    Having good storage boxes to keep everything in is very helpful!

  167. Charlotte Hoskins says:

    When they’ve grown out of them, pass them on to charity or a friend. Too many toys are impossible to keep tidy!

  168. Emma Davison says:

    Regular tidy ups to bin broken toys or send useable ones to charity

  169. Harriet Leonard says:

    Turn it into a fun little game with a little song & dance.

  170. LORNA WILS says:


  171. laura stewart says:

    dont keep what they dont play with anymore- free’s up storage

  172. Colin Anderson says:

    . Have regular clear outs

  173. Paula T says:

    I print off and laminate little labels and label the boxes of toys so toys don’t get mixed up. If toys aren’t mixed up my children will play for a longer amount of time as they have the full set of whatever it is they want to play with and things get put back in the correct boxes (mostly) x

  174. Sarah Wilson says:

    Only allow two or three out at a time, and then they can be exchanged for different toys as long as they are put away.

  175. Emily Slough says:

    I love these! Songmics do some great products for great prices too! I’d like one of their book storages, we have WAY too many books lol

  176. Monika Bascombe says:

    I dont keep all toys in the box , i rotate them to not only reduce the amount of them but also to keep it interesting for my girl

  177. Fay Hennessy says:

    Get them to put them as soon as they are finished with them

  178. claire little says:

    tidy as they go along

  179. jamie Millard says:

    Having good storage, having a 1 in 1 out system.

  180. Teach & encourage kids to tidy up at the each of the day.

  181. ellie spider says:

    have regular clear outs – throw out anything broken and slightly damaged and anything not played with but in good condition donate to charity or sell on – seriously most kids have far too many toys which they dont play with – just keep the ones they play with regularly

  182. Jennifer Baker says:

    Turn tidying up into a game! They like to compete against each other x x

  183. THERESA THOMAS says:

    I separate the toys into boxes, each day they are allowed one box at a time out

  184. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir says:

    Have plenty of brightly colored storage crates.

  185. tishist says:

    Have sufficient storage so they know everything has a place

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