How often do you come across an item which can be used as a toy AND as storage? I was very intrigued when I came across a company with a very fitting name - Neat-Oh! They specialize in themed toy storage boxes which can also be used as play mats. Storage is a big problem at our apartment. My son's toys are starting to pile up and I have no place to store them. We have limited space and as much as I'd like for him to have his own room with furniture, it's not happening.
Neat-Oh! has declared January as a storage month! Post-Christmas time is always chaotic with all the new toys kids received as presents. Could a simple ZipBin solve all of your problems? I got to test one of their storage toy bins and I'm ready to share whether these bins will or will not make it easier for you in the house.
Neat-Oh! has many cool looking themed storage zip bins ranging from Lego, Hot Wheels, Real Relics to Barbie. I was tempted to get a Dinosaur ZipBin, but decided to go for something more appropriate for my 21 month old little guy. I chose a Large Lego Duplo ZipBin as he loves to play with Duplo. This bin measures 16.5 x 12.8 x 10 inches and the mat is 35 x 31.5 inches. They have many others sizes, but I wanted the biggest one so it could store everything.
When the box came, little guy took the initiative to pull the bin out of the box. It only took us a second to put it together. It's a large place mat with zippers on the sides, once you zip it up, it transforms into a box. Little guy didn't understand what the box is for and crawled inside thinking that it's for him! He looked adorable in the box and it just shows you how much you can store in this toy box. I took him out and showed him that it's for storing toys, not babies. He liked the idea and started throwing his toys in, and then he got back in! What a funny little guy. I re-transformed the zip bin into a place mat and it ended up being a very generous size. Definitely enough to play on, even enough for a couple of kids.
After playing with the bin, I put it back together and found a perfect spot for it on the bottom of our book shelf. Usually this shelf is a mess, because when we clean up we just throw all the toys there. This bin fit right in! I love how it looks! Way less cluttered than before. It's super easy clean up too. Instead of arranging toys neatly on the shelf (which I don't have time for), I can just throw them in the box and it looks tidy. Little guy loves to help with clean up as well. This ZipBin comes with a lid which has velcro straps on the side to make sure the lid won't come off. And it has open slots on the side for easy carrying.
Mommy and baby tested, Neat-Oh! ZipBin gets a 10/10 from us!
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