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.
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.
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!
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.