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#1 sibling4charlie

Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:05 PM

Hi all,
I need some help with my backyard.  It is a disgrace!

We have a swing set, a trampoline and a small sandpit.

Then there are just toys and crap everywhere - and I don't know what to do with it.

Where do you all store your tonka trucks, sand toys, balls and frisbees etc - so that they are available to play with each day, but aren't a mess.  I have thought about a big plastic tub, but one tonka truck would fill that up.  There must be a better way.  

Any ideas and pictures would be great.  When DH returns with the camera, I will take a before photo, so that I can be motivated to create an "after"...

#2 ~meh~

Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:35 PM

we have a swing set, trampoline, basketball ring and bikes.

The bikes and trikes etc get stored against the wall under the veranda, and we have a small cupboard which we store trucks and balls in. It has a draw in it aswell which is great to store things like the hose attachments.

Have to say whilst we have places where things "should" be, outside things are just around everywhere until the lawn mower man comes!

#3 Wild Strawberry

Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:40 PM

We use a big wooden crate DH got from his work when we moved across the country original.gif Makes starage easy as boys just throw all the outdoor stuff in it. We just need to paint it as looks a bit plain.

In it goes all the tonka stuff, balls, any other random outdoor toys.

We have a shell sandpit and sand toys get stored in there.

Bikes/trikes (which need a cull) just get stored under the patio at night.

#4 3_for_me

Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:46 PM

Haven't done it yet as we are about to move house but when we move we are going to get a couple of the timber bench seats with the lift up seat and storage space underneath, one for the kids toys and the other for the bits we use in the yard(gardening tools, etc), they are a couple of hundred dollars admitedly through places like Bunnings but we figure that we'll use them as part of the 'outdoor setting' so they are multipurpose

#5 baby*girl

Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:49 PM

I have big plastic tubs from bunnings screwed up the side of our timber play fort.  I just throw any sandpit toys etc in there. We have an outdoor patio area in the middle of our yard which houses the childrens bikes, motor bike etc.

#6 Overtherainbow

Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:13 PM

We have big platic tubs from Kmart that are designed to put chair cushions in.  Have worked well,  hoping to upgrade with timber chairs from bunnings for the look of it.

#7 don14

Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:30 PM

my backyard is a mess abut when it is tidy and neat it is due to this
with 3 of these tubs in it
all balls and the like go in one sandpit toys another and bats and bigger toys in the top one.
these are great and a great price too.
this is in my patio with bikes etc next to it all next to the sanpit.
sometimes the bies and bigger toys live in the sanpit if i need the space lol

#8 AuntyK

Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:42 PM

We had the big tub but the plastic would get brittle and it ended up just being more mess across the yard as it broke into pieces. Then we saw one of those big metal boxes for tools on sale (half price) and invested in two of those - one for outdoor tools and one for the kids toys. It still looks as good today as when we bought it 6yrs ago as the metal doesn't rust and it is sturdy so even with the kids using it as a seat or walking on it to look over the fence, there are no dents or issues at all.

Certainly would recommend one if you can find one cheap.


#9 Jembo

Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:57 PM

We have a wooden bench seat from Bunnings and in that goes all the balls and bats and other crap just get thrown in.

Sandpit toys stay in sandpit, bikes at the back of the house.

Cubby house stuff thrown in cubby house etc.

The bench seat is great, was about $200 from Bunnings.

#10 clare78

Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:36 AM

All our sandpit toys just stay in the sandpit, which is about 3m x 3m and has a wooden frame so they don't get the in the way of cars, tractors, etc.  Balls, mic items go in a big round tub that is usually in the shed, and trikes/ride on things are stored in our shed or on the verandah.

The only thing that DH insists on is that rugby balls are not left out in the sun.

#11 Wickedness

Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:25 PM

i found a big outdoor plastic box with a lid like a blanket box size in Kmart. on special its $100. i now have 2, one for kids crap and the other for pool crap.

#12 ~FrenchFries~

Posted 01 September 2009 - 11:03 AM

I am looking at those contianers too!

I would prefer a wooden one which doubles as a bench seat. Dh will be makingone soon.

Our sandpit toys stay in the sandpit.

Most things like the play  high chair and blackboard live in the cubbyhouse.

The bikes are hung on a bike rack along an outside wall.

We also have a permanent art and craft table set up outside.

I quite like the "busyness" of our outdoors area as the kids love to be out there playing!

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