Stuffed animal collections in a playroom or child’s bedroom can easily become overwhelming. Often, children have accumulated a large number of stuffed animals, and do not have enough storage space. Here are some of my tips for decluttering, organizing and storing stuffed animals.
Children usually receive stuffed animals as gifts for birthdays or holidays. Prior to a gift-receiving event, declutter the child’s stuffed animal collection to make room for new ones.
Gather all stuffed animals in one place, and with your child’s input, help them choose their most favorites to keep. Set a limit on the amount kept, such as only what will fit in the stuffed animal storage container, or a certain number to keep.
Give Away or Sell Stuffed Animals Your Child No Longer Wants
Most charities do not accept used stuffed animals due health safety concerns such as bed bugs. However, you could give away stuffed animals to friends or family members, or post online to places such as Freecycle, Nextdoor, Craigslist or Facebook marketplace.
Determine the Size of Storage Needed
Once the stuffed animal collection has been narrowed down, determine the size of container you need to best hold them. It is helpful to separate by size into a couple of containers, so the smaller ones don’t get lost.
Choose a Storage Product That Works Best for Your Home
The choice of storage products depends on your decorative style, your child’s age, and how large of a stuffed animal collection they have. Here are some options:
A Wooden Toy Box/Bench
A Fabric Toy Chest
A Stuffed Animal Zoo
A Toy Storage Hammock
A Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair
A Large Rope Basket
A Canvas or Mesh Laundry Hamper
A Large Canvas Storage Basket
Floating Wall Shelves
Choose the storage piece that works best for your home and your child. Remember that regular decluttering, and having a routine of putting away toys after they’ve been played with is the best way to keep a playroom or bedroom neat and organized.
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