Stuffed Animal Storage Solution


We Prudent Mamas have discussed toy storage over the years (check the Toy Storage: Nooks & Crannies post for how we roll in the Curtis household); it’s a first world problem for sure – where to put all these luxurious toys our tots are lucky enough to possess? I’ve found that as baby grows, the stuffed animal collection grows at a 10X rate. I had a little eureka moment when I spotted this laundry bin and it’s worked out so well, I thought I’d share.

The stuffed animals go into the laundry bin. Because it’s a wire hamper, they can be pulled out the sides, without toppling said bin. They also always feel accessible, as opposed to boxes, closet shelves, or those nets you hang from the ceiling. It works for us, do you think it would work for you? Find out where I got it and links to some more storage and organization tips after the jump…

Give us your stuffed toy storage tips in the comments, and you might win some of that pom pom trim Jacinda’s been petting.

Stuffed Animal Storage

I picked up that wire hamper at the Crate & Barrel outlet out in the desert, but it’s also available online here. One of these without the liner would work well too, and it’s on wheels (is that better or worse, hmm): Neu Home Jumbo Laundry Basket with Canvas Bag. Over at Babble’s Family Style, all of us editors contributed our favorite storage tips and put together a little slide show, check it out here: 12 Smart Ways to Declutter.

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36 Comments

Jennifer

I have had stuffed animal 'issues' for years now! I have asked for help/ideas from friends/family and to no avail (apparently no one else has stuffed animals coming out of their ears). I finally realized my husband (in his self proclaimed 'man-cave') had a BIG red plastic bin with two rope handles. Ding Ding. I took his stuff out and cleaned it…added stuffed animals and tada…instant animal issue solved! Love your idea with open sides to pull animals out because my children just dump them everywhere to find the one animal that just happens to be at the bottom.

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Emily

Great idea! My aunt just sent my daughter eight large stuffed animals. They take up her whole crib(!) so they're on the sofa and driving me crazy.

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badmummynocookie.com

I have an Ikea floor pillow from the children's section that are meant to be filled with an air pocket. Instead it's full of stuffed animals. The zipper is easy enough for my 5-yr old to open and she is pretty good about rotating her snuggle toys on her own. Plus it makes a really comfy seat!

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Erin

We use a laundry basket for stuffies, too. Except I just use a pop up mesh sided hamper from my college days. A wire one would be awesome so that they didn't have to dump it out to get to the ones they want at the bottom. I have also started a one in, one out policy with stuffies. If they get a new one, they have to get rid of an old one. That one full laundry basket is all I can stand! If it starts to overflow, we purge. :D

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Melissa

Good idea:) So…I'm a pretty mean mom..cause I just cleaned out all my daughter's stuffed animals and got rid of about half of them! I know…so terrible. Oh well…with the money I make from selling them…I can afford therapy someday for my daughter.

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Jacinda

Not mean. My dad burned a bunch of ours in the fireplace in front of us, permanently scarring my sister. Figuratively, of course. I thought it was pretty fun but I'm a jerk like that.

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Vanessa Cochran

Two words: bunk beds. The top bunk (where she sleeps) is so crowded with stuffed animals I'm surprised she fits. I only have to deal with them once a week when changing sheets and even then she loves to help by "jumping them down" and "jumping them back up". Now the sheet changing thing is another subject entirely…

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Shirley

Ugh I can't stand all the stuffed animals! My storage solution is the garbage! LOL But I can't get anything past my son so we just have a couple of large canvas bins in the playroom to store them in but I like this idea much better. Off to Babble to check out your other storage solutions. :)

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1smileygirl

We have a toy chest that is overfilled with stuff animals. I really need to sort through them all. It's not like my son even plays with them. I do like the wire hamper you use. It's cute.

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amy

I use a regular old laundry basket, which is handy because my kids are always trying to steal mine to be a boat or a fort or whatever, so I can say, "You have your own darn laundry basket!" and then they dump out the animals and use it. At least stuffed animals are easy to pick up and put away. Wait until you're trying to figure out how to deal with all the itty bitty Legos…

(Now that I'm thinking about this, I think I made my boys buy this laundry basket with their own money. They must have broken whatever we were using before that.)

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Dakota

omg!! yesss. toddler princess macy has way tooo many stuffed animals and she loves them all…. ALLL. And they all live in the living room. On this cute little bench/toyholder. i want to put ribbons and a long cushion on it but there are toys sitting on it. So the wire bin is awessooomme. Wheres the thing from? I want it!!!

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Adrienne

Oh what a great idea! Love how its neat and tidy, but still very visible, because my girl needs to be able to see EVERYTHING all the time or she just isn't happy!

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Marisa

We use an old CD rack for stuffies here. It's made of…what? Metal dowels? Thick wire?…similar to your laundry bin. The kids can pull the stuffies out the sides, and the whole thing is bolted to the wall, so it won't fall over. I LOVE it.

(There's a photo in my blog archives somewhere…)

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Amy

OMG I ? that wire basket and it's perfect for stuffed animals – you can see them!! We have a huge basket and my daughter ends up throwing them all out to find what she is looking for! I'm so buying this basket!!! Thx!!

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Val

I use a hanging mesh tube from Ikea. We did tie extra rope to the top hanger so it would be low enough for her to access. The bottom portion is used for my four year old's "babies" and the top couple of spaces I throw extra sheets for her bed. She plays with ALL of the animals almost daily. If only I could stop her from dragging her animals into our bedroom, my office, the living room, and the bathroom.

*This morning I wallked into the bathroom to brush my teeth and 10 of her babies were sitting on the toliet. "Mommmmmy they're pooping. They poop with the door closed. Ok Mommmmmmmy, you can go now."

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Angela

Thanks for the great idea! Now, if someone could tell me where to find that awesome bookshelf pictured BEHIND the wire laundry bin…?

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Carla

Great idea, I use my little one's old bassinet for the job but it's starting to overflow, wire basket here I come.

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tweak-91

When I was a younger kid I had a "net" that was hung on the wall in a corner so it could hold my toys. It was put at a height that I could still reach plus it was pretty cute.

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Courtney

We use a hanging closet organizer (the kind meant for sweaters -super nice/collectible ones in the top two "cubbies" and play with stuffies go in the bottom 3 that my 2 yr old can reach) -it works great b/c I can close the closet door and hind the visual craziness

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The Whimsical Princess

I have a great one. You know those wire planter baskets? The ones you put the coconut liners in. There are ones that are only half a circle so you can attach them to the wall, and then put your stuffed animals in them and keep them off the floor. You can also paint them to match your decor.

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