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Do you need help with stuffed animal organization? I have been so Overwhelmed by stuffed animals in my house. Seriously, it made me want to scream. They were everywhere and no matter how much we cleaned there would be stuffed animals spooling out. I couldn’t take it anymore something had to be done.
So sorry Mom and Dad. I used to be a stuffed animal hoarder like my daughter and now I feel my parents pain. Seriously, I thought all my stuffed animals had feeling and I needed to give them all a good home. (Hmmm, this might has continued into my adulthood but now it’s with real animals.) I would start sobbing if my parents threw away my stuffed animals. I would start thinking about how they would be all alone forever now. It was bad, I know.
I knew I had to figure out a way to approach my daughter about her stuffed animals and not by throwing them in the trash. It has taken me a while but I finally feel we have gotten control over her stuffed animals. This is what I did to clear the mess.
Donating Stuffed Animals
I know this is the hardest part. Getting your child to let go of some of their stuffed animals. Do not throw the stuffed animals away especially if your child has an attachment. I talked with Vay about how some kids don’t really have toys and that she has so many maybe she can share them. We talked about how by donating the animals she would be giving them to another child that would love it care for it.
Vay has a big heart and once I explained about doing items she agreed to let some of the stuffed animals go. You can donate them to a thrift store or sometimes you can find people or companies that send items to foster kids or homeless children. It’s up to you where to do donate them.
I was with her as we went through every single stuffed animal. We had a Keep, donate, and not sure pile. I did tell her we didn’t have room to keep more than one giant stuffed animal so she could only pick one to keep. Once we were done sorting we went back to the Not sure pile. She would think very hard about whether or not she really wanted to keep it but most of them she donated. When she would get stuck I would pick up two and she could pick which one to keep.
I was shocked by how well all this went. Normally when I try to get to go through her stuffed animals she starts crying and doesn’t want to let any of it go. I think for knowing the stuffed animal would still be loved really helped her.
Stuffed Animal Storage
Once I knew what we were keeping I had to find how to store the rest. There are a lot of different types of stuffed animal storage out there. My parents bought wood and made me a shelf that went completely around my bedroom but it only fit smaller stuffed animals. Here are a few great products to organize your stuffed animals.
I love the pompoms on this stuffed animal hammock. It comes in pink or blue (pictured above). Hanging this in a corner of the room is a great way to store some stuffed animals. Won’t be able to hold really big stuffed animals.
I have a storage basket close to this and it actually holds a lot. I stuff as many as I can get into it. These come in 16 different patterns so you have lots to choose from so it matches their room.
Love this concept when you have room for it. My sister bought bean bag chairs for her boys and they love it. I love things with multi-purposes. The best part is the stuffed animals are completely out of site. They have different sizes and patterns to choose from. I say if you have the room get the biggest one.
This is something I know some people make themselves but I don’t know how sorry. They do have them on Amazon for sale and you can pick what size, color and customize it. The one pictured above is smaller then the others I have seen so I would probably order the larger size. What I love about the zoo is that it will hold the large stuffed animals and it’s really easy for the kids to take out the stuffed animals as well as put back.
This works great for the little stuffed animal, especially Beanie Babies. This come is a set of three that you can hang in your kid’s room or playroom.
I have one of these under my daughter’s bed and It actually fits a lot of her stuffed animals. They do come in different sizes so you can pick what would fit best under your child’s bed.
No More Stuffed Animals
I know this is easier said than done. Trust me. First, I had to talk with family and friends about not gifting her any more stuffed animals. This is a hard task because people don’t always listen. I decided to make a rule. If she gets a new stuffed animal she has to pick two old ones to donate.
Now when we go to the store and she begs for a new stuffed animal I ask her what two am I allowed to donate when we get home. She has to tell me at the store which she is donating because once we are home she can never pick any to donate. This has worked really well. Only once has she chose a new stuffed animal. Usually she will just put it back.
I really hope these three steps help you with your Stuffed animal crisis. I struggle is real when it comes to kids and their stuffed animals. If you are struggling with more than just stuffed animals and getting your child to clean check out my posts 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Clean and How to get your Kids to Clean their Room Right. If you have any other tips on what to do with to many stuffed animals comment below. I think a lot of parents would like as many tips as possible.