Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the huge amount of fluffy stuffed animals in your home?
You are not alone. Just about any parent finds themselves in a similar situation at some point when the kid’s room and the house start looking more like a zoo than a home.
Whether you have kids who absolutely adore stuffed animals, or you are a collector yourself, chances are that you are wondering what to do with all of the toys, and what is the best way to store them and keep your home neater and properly organized.
Here are some of the best ideas for what to do with too many stuffed animals in your home.
The top 10 tips for storing all the stuffed animals in your home
Use a toy hammock
With a toy hammock like this bestselling Prince Lionheart Jumbo, you can easily store the stuffed animals in one place. The toys will all be in one place, and off the floor, which is a huge plus if you want to clean up and have room for moving and playing around.
The Jumbo toy hammock is easy to install and remove via hooks that fit in any of the corners of the room.
While the toys in the hammock will still be visible and reachable for the kid, they will be all stored in one place, and most importantly won’t be lying around on the floor and everywhere in the room.
Plus, you can explain to the child that the toys need to sleep and rest too, so that it is stimulated to tidy up the room by itself.
Use an over the door shoe organizer
Over the door shoe organizers like this one by Misslo are affordable and highly efficient accessories for organizing any home or space, and for saving space and getting rid of the clutter.
With an over-the-door organizer like this, you can easily hang it on any kind of door without drilling or complicated installations, and use the large-sized mesh clear pockets to store all of the stuffed animals.
Not only will the toys be stored in one place, but they will look super cute hanging on the door as well.
Another fun idea is to add name tags to the pockets, if your child has named its favorite stuffed animals.
Use an old or empty bean bag chair
Instead of throwing it out, you can use an old or empty bean bag chair shell with a zippered opening, to fill it with the stuffed toys. Not only will they be in one place, but your kids will love using the bean bag for sitting and playing as well.
You can fill the bean bag with the toys which are not used anymore and create a permanent fun chair and relaxation spot for your kid as well.
Buy or make your own stuffed toy cage
You can purchase your own stuffed animal “zoo” by choosing a ready-made stuffed animal cage like this one. On the other hand, if you like taking up DIY projects and want to save some money, you can easily make your own stuffed animal cage by following the instructions of one of the many YouTube videos for making a DIY toy zoo like this one.
Use a closet organizer
There are hundreds of different closet organizer options being offered on the market, so you can pick the one which suits your space, the number of stuffed toys and preferences.
Closet organizers have different compartments, so you can wither store the toys together or separately, depending on your preferences.
Once you set this stuffed animal storage up, you can start teaching your kid to learn to place the toys back in place after finishing playing.
Use old hanging planters
If you have hanging planters which you no longer use, you can customize them into pretty and functional swings and storage spaces for the stuffed animals in your home.
You can repaint and decorate the planters with more colorful elements and details, and then hang them and place the cute animals inside.
This will act both as decoration and as a storage space to keep the room tidy and neat.
Use a storage ottoman
You can add a cute ottoman to your child’s room, which can be used both for sitting as well as for storing the stuffed animals.
There is a wide variety of different types of storage ottomans, coming in all colors, sizes, and shapes.
You can choose one that is more kid-oriented, like this fun storage Ottoman by Gia, or just a traditional one that matches the décor and your taste.
You can use baskets of different sizes and shapes to create space-saving and great looking storage space for all the stuffed animals in your home.
Baskets are inexpensive, they are portable, and the kids can easily access and pour out the contents when playing.
The trick is to teach the little ones to put all of the toys back in once they are done with the playtime.
Make or buy a swing for the toys
There are multiple step-by-step guides and videos available online for making your own swing for toys. You can use simple and inexpensive materials such as rope, cardboard, ribbons and others to make a swing for your child’s favorite plush toys.
If you want something that will last longer and fit more toys, you should opt for using wood or other sturdier materials instead.
Use a shelf
By installing one or more shelves on the walls of the room, you can easily arrange all of the stuffed animals, so they can be proudly displayed at all times, and be off of the floor at the same time.
This can be a great accent in your kid’s room, and more importantly will keep the room neat.
Just about every kid has their own favorite stuffed animal toy, and some grow to love these toys so much that at a certain point, they create a mini chaos in your home.
With one or more of the abovementioned solutions for organizing and storing the many stuffed animals in your home, you will be able to declutter and better organize the kid’s room.
Sometimes storing the plush toys is better than throwing them away or giving them away because your child will be happy that it still has its toys to play with when he or she feels like it. Plus, many people grow up to become stuffed animal collectors, so it is worth saving the collection which you already have.