Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo

Stuffed animal storage

by: Jo

I don’t ever buy my girls stuffed animals. However, this does not prevent Little Jo from buying them with her saved up allowance, or the grandparents from bestowing adorable stuffed bears and unicorns on their only grandkids. The thing about stuffed animals is that once you have one in your house, you end up with 50. They truly reproduce at night, I am certain of it. So what’s a mom to do with all these stuffed cuties? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself since Christmas morning when yet more found their way into the house. I’ve been researching stuffed animal storage solutions, and I want to share a few DIY ideas I found online with you and a few things you can purchase. Then I will show you which solution I am using.

First up, we have a DIY storage hammock that hangs on the foot of the bed. I love this idea and thought about adapting it to work on the end of Little Jo’s bed. I even found a great tutorial for making your own. The other great DIY idea I found is a stuffed animal “zoo” created by Joann. I like how easy it is to access the animals and how it provides additional storage.

stuffed animal storage hammockstuffed animal storage zoo

If you don’t feel like doing a DIY project, there are plenty of popular store-bought options, and I found a few of the most popular. (Thanks to our Facebook friends for pointing me to these!)

The first is a Boon Animal Bag, which is a giant bean bag chair that you fill with the stuffed animals. This is an interesting concept, but to be perfectly honest, it kind of freaks me out a little. For some reason, it reminds me of Cruella making a coat out of puppy dogs… I’m just saying. Then we have the common chain with clips solution. This would to the job, but might be a bit flimsy, especially for large animals.

stuffed animal storage bean bagstuffed animal storage chain

Those are great, but I found a solution that I really love and that I’m currently using at home. I put it in Mini Me’s room because she has a LOT of small stuffed animals. It is supposed to be a revolving shoe tree, and there’s probably a shoe on there somewhere, but I’ve found that it’s the perfect holder for her smaller stuffed animals. The best part about it? Mini-Me actually puts her animals back on it. Like, really! Amazing!

stuffed animal storage shoe rackstuffed animal storage shoe rack

I hope some of these stuffed animal organization ideas have inspired you to tackle those piles of fluffy animals. I am very happy with the solution I settled on, and I know the girls love it, too.

6 comments so far:

  • 1
    Julie 01/04/2011 at 9:53 am

    This is to awesome… my friends and I were just having this discussion on what in the world to do with all of the darn stuffed animals that our daughters have. I am TOTALLY sharing this post with them! As always, thank you so much!

  • 2
    Heather @ Significantly Simple 01/04/2011 at 11:54 am

    Great timing, as usual! I think the revolving shoe rack is by far the best of the ideas you mentioned, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. I have to come up with something, though, as the kids’ rooms look like they have exploded!

  • 3
    Baye 01/04/2011 at 3:38 pm

    I like the shoe tree, but I’ve never even seen one of those for sale! Where do you find this stuff?

    The hammock is a great idea, too. I like that it would cut back on the dust. I think I’d want to use some clear vinyl to create a “window” on one side so that the plushies could be seen. They are always so freakin’ cute! It seems a shame to hide them.

  • 4
    Jo 01/04/2011 at 3:40 pm

    Heather, I found this one at Target. The link in the post will take you to a slew of them on Amazon.

  • 5
    Carrie 03/11/2011 at 8:29 pm

    I belive when I was a young one we had triangle shaped nets we would hang in a corner that held all of our stuffed friends big or small. I like the shoe tree for smaller items, and who doesnt love a little DIY project for the bigger ones?

    Keep up the great work!

  • 6
    Connie 06/22/2011 at 2:50 pm

    GENIUS! Space is in short supply as is time & energy–I am 10 days from my due date with #4! A revolving shoe rack is now on my must list for the next week. I LOVE IT!

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