When did my house become a ‘mini zoo’? How did all these furry lifeless animals get here? I found myself wondering the other day what to do with too many stuffed animals that were scattered all over the house.
You see, my kids love stuffed toy animals. Every time they see one especially a cartoon character they love, they want to add it to their collection.
My issue is that they do not want to let go off the older animal toys despite having lost interest in them. Cleaning stuffed toys is also not an easy task.
So now the little animals have become too many to contain in one place. This is why I have come up with a few ideas on how to organize and store animal toys that you want to keep.
What to do with too many stuffed animals you want to keep
1. Hang them in a toy hammock
This is my favorite toys storage hack. You can simply make one since it is pretty easy to make or purchase one such as the Prince Lionheart Toy hammock.
The hammock will help you to hold as well as display the toys in a corner in your kids’ room or any other place you like. You can fix the hammock at a corner above their bed where they can easily reach and grab one if they love cuddling stuffed toys as they sleep.
2. Hanging rack behind the door
Did you know that you can use one of those transparent plastic shoe organizers that hang behind the door to store and organize stuffed toys?
Simply purchase the shoe organizer, hang it behind your kid’s bedroom door and then put the toys in each pocket.
Be creative; like put similar colors close together or let those with long noses hang out. If you kids have named the animals, add a name tag or put a label on each pocket.
Your kids will definitely love this since they can clearly see their flurry toys through the transparent organizer.
3. Store in a big empty bean bag
If you have a big bean bag shell with zipper, you can fill it with the toys that are less used.
You can do it yourself if you love sewing or get one of these ready-made animal toys storage chairs.
Kids will enjoy using it as a seat or a soft bean bag.
4. Stuffed Animal Zoo storage
Some call it zoo while others call it jail for animal toys. Whatever the name, this zoo is simply a cage built to store toys.
It can be built at the corner of the room or as a standalone.
The good thing about this zoo is that it is simple to make and so you can customize the size based on the number of stuffed toys you want to store.
See the tutorial below for a step by step guide on how to make one.
5. Closet organizer
Another great yet simple hack is storing the stuffed animals in a closet organizer. The good thing about closet organizers is that they have compartments so they can accommodate quite a number of stuffed toys.
Since the compartments are easily accessible, you can teach your kids to place the animals back into their respective compartments after playing. Hence, no more scattered toys after play.
6. Reuse an old planter
You can repurpose an old planter as a storage container for stuffed animal toys and it will hold quite a number of them.
Simply take the planter, clean it and paint it with your desired color. Once dry, put the toys in and hang it in the kids’ room or fix it on the wall.
7. Ottoman storage box
This is one of the most common storage ideas used in most homes due to the fact that it is simple and straightforward to use.
In addition, it is not only a storage box but also part of the furniture in the house.
If you are not a DIY kind of a person or you do not have time to make one, you can buy one such as this storage ottoman bench in a color that matches the rest of your house décor or nursery.
8. Put in colourful baskets
You can also try storing the toys in large baskets. These are very easy to move from one room in the house to another so that it is convenient for the children.
In addition, the baskets can hold quite a number of large toy animals.
The only challenge I found with this hack is that my kids have easy access to the toys so they tend to pour them all out of the baskets during playtime. When playtime is over, they forget to put them back into the baskets and so I end up picking them up myself.
9. Place on a DIY swing
This is a DIY creation that may require quite some work from you. You can choose to do one using wood and rope or clothesline, or cardboard with ribbon.
The wood swing lasts longer and can hold several stuffed toys compared to the cardboard swing.
However, the cardboard is very easy to make. Watch this tutorial for a step by step guide on how to make a DIY stuffed animal swing using cardboard.
10. Install a shelf in the kids’ room
If you do not have a lot of space in the bedroom, installing a shelf or shelves will help to keep the toys off the floor.
This may require quite some effort from you but it is a great way to make your kids’ bedroom look lively.
You can do one long shelf or shorter ones placed at different places on the wall and paint them different colors.
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Stuffed toys are plush, fluffy and cute to look at so they can be used as decorative items. In this article, we have provided you with a few ideas on what to do with too many stuffed animals that you intend to keep so as to keep your house organized. These ideas range from DIY creations to store-bought items. Choose ideas that will love work for you depending on the space you have. Some ideas like shelves and shoe organizers are great for small spaces while others may take up quite a lot of space.