STORING STUFFED ANIMALS
If your child has a huge collection of stuffed animals, having a proper stuffed animal storage system in place is a good idea to get rid of clutter. It’s impossible to dispose of stuffed animals without tears and a fight, but proper storage can help create more space. There are a number of ways to store stuffed animals. It’s usually a good idea to store them by size, depending on how many your children own.
Below are different storage options, and you may want to want to figure out depending on how much space you have which option fits your needs.
STORING STUFFED ANIMALS ON TOY SHELVES OR CUBBIES:
This method is good for medium and large stuffed animals. Remember if they are not played with occasionally they will collect dust, so you want to move them around frequently. You may also want to consider a system with see through doors to protect from dust collection. Using shelves or cubbies is an easy way to access and put them away. The shelves are also a good way to display your stuffed animals for when your child grows out of them.
TOY CAGES FOR STUFFED ANIMAL STORING:
These units can generally hold up to 90 stuffed animals and look similar to an animal being kept at the zoo. Toy cages can be purchased at different toy stores and found on the internet. To see what they look like click http://littlezookeepers.com/index.html. The good thing about the cages is that they are neat and your child has easy access to them.
STORING STUFFED ANIMALS IN TOY BOXES:
This is an easy method to dump stuffed animals in however there is really no organizational method to this. If you are looking for a particular stuffed animal, you will have to go through the whole box to reach the one you want. This can create a bigger mess. It’s also a good idea not to mix your stuffed animals with other toys, to avoid smashing their hair/fur. Another thing to consider is the weight and size of the toy box for safety purposes for your child.
These tend to take up a little space in your room and stuffed animals are easy accessible. The stuffed animals need to be secured, however, by an elastic band, taking more time to cleanup when it comes to putting them away. You can also create a toy pole, but screwing L-shaped hooks and sewing rings whether plastic or string to hang the stuffed animals up on.
LAUNDRY BAG/MESH BAG:
You can hang these in a closet, on a hook, or doorknob. This is a good option if you don’t have very many stuffed animals to store, and easy for cleanup.
These are good for a small quantity of stuffed animals, just make sure it is easily accessible for your child to get at for safety purposes.
This is good for smaller stuffed animals like beany baby size. The hangers can be stored in closets and the animals can slide into the pockets. This makes them easily visible and easily accessible.
CLOTHES LINE STORAGE:
You can string a clothes line from one point of your room to another using a clothes pin to hanging animals by ears with clothes pins, this way you can still view animals but keep them off the floor.
LONG TERM STORAGE FOR STUFFED ANIMALS:
Whether you are storing in a basement, garage, attic, etc, it is a good idea to store your child’s stuffed animals in an air tight container. Avoid storing in areas of high humidity, or moisture to avoid mold, and damage to the fur. Another fact you want to consider, avoid storing in wood boxes, where termites and moths can play a factor. If you have antique stuffed animals, you may want to wrap your stuffed animals in acid free paper (avoiding smashing the fur). For more tips on antique stuffed animals, you may want to check with the Smithsonian Museum http://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/dolls.html. Depending on your room size and quantity of stuffed animals, one of these options should provide a good fit.