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  • Writer's pictureTara M Stewart

How to Easily Organize and Store Stuffed Animals

If your have found yourself inundated with more stuffed animals than you have patience for I have an easy, affordable solution that will make you and your little one happy.


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Stuffed animals. They are everywhere and when you chat with your small human about letting go of some of them, your child says “but they are all my favorite”.


I've got a solution that will make you both happy! You can easily organize and store your stuffed animals without breaking the bank while your child can still easily see and enjoy them!

The Original Stuffed Animal Storage

The Original Stuffed Animal Storage, which hangs over any door, keeps your child's furry friends off the floor while still allowing for easy access during playtime.


We recently tried this out in our own home and I was most impressed with the size of the mesh pockets which allowed for even the largest of stuffed creatures.


It comes with four rods that are inserted into the back that keep it from folding in on itself. This way the product stays upright and sturdy as your child packs it full of their favorite friends.


Click here to watch the video of it in action!


This over the door organizer is designed specifically for stuffed animals and features:

  • Four sturdy hooks

  • Four mesh pockets

  • Deep wide sections for large stuffed animals

It measures:

  • 23" wide

  • 65.7" long

Why I love it:

  • Kids can still SEE and ACCESS their lovies.

  • Keeps their stuffed friends clean

  • Saves floor space

  • Makes pick up fun - just toss them in


Bonus Tip


When your child is ready to pass their stuffed animals on to another child you could easily repurpose for:


Hall Closet: beach towels, summer toys, winter hats, scarves

Laundry Room: sections for missing sock soul mates, cleaning towels, items that need repair


What About Those Stuffed Animal Bean Bags?


I am frequently asked about those bean bags that you can cram with stuffed animals, but let me tell you, I'm not a fan and here are my top three reasons why:


  • "Out of sight, out of mind" - If you can't see them, why keep them around in the first place? A drink spill or an accident on those bean bags could ruin your precious stuffed animals.

  • They still take up a ton of floor space, which can be a real pain in the tush.

  • Where can you donate these precious friends?


Check out the video were we dumped out a client's bean bag, and donated all the stuffed animals seen below!


large pile of stuffed animals to donate

Where You Can Donate Stuffed Animals


Letting go of precious stuffed animals is always easier when your child knows know their friends will continue to be loved by a new child. So when your child is ready to let go of some of their friends here are a few locations that will take stuffed animals.



Their mission is to provide children in traumatic or emergency situations with stuffed animals and other items such as blankets, books and clothes. Click here to see if there is a local chapter near you.


Other locations that will typically take donations*:


  • Children’s homes

  • Women’s and family shelters

  • Police and fire departments

  • Children’s hospitals

  • Preschools

  • Buy nothing sell nothing Facebook groups.

*Please call ahead, do not assume that all local services take stuffed animals, every city varies.


Final Thoughts on How to Organize and Store Stuffed Animals


While you're filling up that over-the-door organizer, check if your kiddo is ready to donate a few furry friends. Empathy is in kids' DNA, and letting them know where their stuffed buddies are headed gives them the chance to sprinkle kindness on others.


However, if you or your child aren't ready, that's perfectly okay. For the time being, we can simply aim to keep them off the floor. Remember, this phase of having young children is temporary, and before you know it, the stuffed animals will land at a different zoo.


 



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