One day you’re outfitting your first grown-up apartment, tucking fiddle leaf fig trees into crisp, light-filled corners. Blink and you’ve got a toddler who has flung toys from here to kingdom come taking up every square inch of useable space with things.

To some degree, you’ve got to embrace the chaos. After all, your average toddler is a tornado with legs. But clutter is proven to create stress and who has time for that? So when it comes to kids’ toys, we’re big fans of the less is more approach. Not only do little ones play longer and more happily with fewer toys, but at the end of the day, there’s less to clean up. A win-win!

For all those reasons and more, we’re huge fans of Lovevery. From their brilliant Play Gym designed by child development experts to their colorful block set that we swear gets more action than any loud, battery-guzzling plaything ever has, their line of Montessori-inspired wooden toys have become a playroom essential. And now, they’ve launched the perfect place to store it all. The Lovevery Montessori Playshelf.

Designed to streamline your little one’s play space, the innovative 2-in-1 shelf includes hidden storage and trays to make swapping out toys (a classic Montessori technique) clean and simple, all in a modern minimalist 100% birchwood piece. It’s sturdy and thoughtful with enough space to keep up to six play kits on display and easy for little ones to access themselves. When they tire of something, simply nest it in the storage space at the back for a while. (Oh and you know that part when you almost get a divorce because nothing tests the bounds of matrimony quite like putting furniture together? No worries. It also comes with guided “Intelligent Instructions” from BILT to walk you through it.)

Welcome to your fresh and clutter-free space! Check out the Lovevery Montessori Playshelf and some of our other favorites from the brand below! 

lovevery playshelf



The Playshelf

Sustainable, minimalist and oh-so-stylish.




The Block Set

With limitless ways to play, this science-based 70-piece set engages little ones of all ages to unlock STEM concepts like math, physics, and engineering, along with higher-order planning and problem-solving. Bonus: The included wooden box is not only ideal for neat and tidy storage, but also converts into a play car!

lovevery the play gym



The Playmat

This colorful but not overly loud playmat features five development “zones” that help take the “am I doing this right?” worry out of playtime. It’s got flaps for peek-a-boo, textures to explore and a gorgeous minimalist activity gym with a collection of toys to swap out as they grow. And if that’s not enough, it also converts to a sweet playtime fort to keep it relevant long past tummy time.

A version of this story was published August 9, 2021. It has been updated.