Stuffed animal storage is probably an issue for most parents, especially if they have more than one child! I have been trying to corral stuffed animals for 17 years!! It is almost funny how the stuffed animals multiply….almost as if they are real animals that have been spaded or neutered!!
I try to be a hard-nose about stuffed animals….I RARELY ever buy one…unless it is a special trip to Build-a-Bear or something. I am really not sure where they all come from…some are gifts and the others…who knows! What I do know is that my kids never want to part with even one of their stuffed friends!
I would by lying if I said I haven't taken some animals to Goodwill when my kids weren't looking. I don't mess with their favorites…I usually sneak out the ones they have won from the Claw Game and never think about again.
Right now my 9-year-old has two baskets of animals in her room plus a big tub of animals in the play room. I felt like this was getting out of hand and decided it would make a great project for my first installment of Saturday Solutions! I did a little research on good ways to solve the stuffed animal storage problem.
Here is the solution I decided to go with…..a stuffed animal beanbag solution! This is so simple, easy and even usable! It is a perfect solution for my problem!
We had an old beanbag in our playroom that has seen better days….the stuffing is so flat…it was like a pancake. There was no cushion left and I actually was planning on throwing it away before I found out that it could solve my stuffed animal storage problem.
I emptied out the little white flat stuffing inside the beanbag and trashed them. Then I decided to wash the cover because…it has never been washed before! Yuck…I know! Next up….I crammed 21 stuffed animals inside the bean bag cover!
Now the beanbag is full and comfortable again….and I have 3 free baskets/tubs that I can put other junk into! 🙂 How simple is that? What a great solution!!
If you don't have a beanbag that you can repurposed at home….NO PROBLEM! You don't have to buy a full beanbag…you can buy JUST THE COVER! How great is that! It is a ready to go stuffed animal storage item! Beanbag Covers come in all shades and patterns…so pick one that you like and fill it up! Here are some cute ones I found on Amazon.
I would love to hear what you do with all your children's stuff animals! Is stuffed animal storage an issue for you too? Thanks for sharing!
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This is such a great idea! When my daughter was little, she had tons of stuffed animals. This would have been a great way to store them!
6 kids = a MILLION stuffed animals!!! I think I found what I will be working on tomorrow!!!
I can only imagine Leah…I know what we have with just 4 kids!! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it works for you!
They actually are Lisa…and at least they are getting a little attention! 🙂
That’s an awesome idea! I have…24802739 stuffed animals that I accumulated during my childhood and can’t bring myself to get rid of/give away (they all hold memories! :'( I’m a sentimental packrat), so this would be a great solution!
I know Farrah…it is hard to let go of some of them!!
Valerie@Occasionally Crafty says
Wow! What a great way to use the ones who aren’t as “loved” any more but you’re not quite ready to part with.
Brilliant. I can think of a few friends who would appreciate knowing about this trick 😉
Perfect timing! My house is overflowing with stuffed animals, and I was starting to look for storage ideas.
Stuffed animals really do multiply with no rhyme nor reason. My son has a ton and he loves them all. 😉
Yep…they just love them so much they can’t part with them!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
You are a genius! That’s seriously the most creative way of storing stuffed animals I’ve ever heard of.
Bonnie @ wemake7 says
What a cute idea! I have 5 kiddos and we have had our fare share of teddy bears in our home.
Liz Mays says
That’s such a cool idea. My kids had a ton of unused stuffed animals too. They were all over the place.
I need this BADLY. My kids have so many darn stuffed animals I could probably make a mattress out of them lol.
lisa @bitesforbabies says
It is becoming an issue with both of my kids however, they usually end up arranged on the bed! They don’t bother anyone there, lol!
Racquel Schroder Bregg says
They aren’t too much of an issue, mainly because the two older kids keep them on their beds and the little ones only have one each – after 7 kids, you learn a few things :p Less is more around here.
Elizabeth O. says
Such a great idea! Never knew about restoring stuffed toys! Might start doing that this weekend!
michele d says
My kids have tons of stuffed animals. My daughter still plays with hers but this is a clever idea for the ones she doesn’t.
Mhie Lee says
Clever ideas. My daughter has so many stuffed animals and this is great for her.
Chubskulit Rose says
We never had a bean bag at home but my daughter wants one for her birthday this year. I might just get her one and repurpose it someday.
Ann Bacciaglia says
When my daughter was little she was a collector of stuffed animals. We bought toy hammocks for the corners of her room to keep all her stuffies in.
Kelly Hutchinson says
This is an absolutely brilliant idea to store all those stuffed animals. Right now, my son has them everywhere!
We used to hang them in nets in the top corner of their rooms. But now they don’t have many stuffed animals. What they do have go nicely in the toy box!
Yes…I had one of those corner nets for my son years ago!
Jesica H says
This is simply ingenious! what a great way to save stuffed animals, get rid of some clutter and create a comfy seat!
Dawn McAlexander says
My daughter was just talking about wanting a bean bag for her room. She has tons of old stuffed animals laying around, too.
This is such a cute idea, i do not have kids yet or ever had stuffed animals but if and when i do have kids i hope to remember this
I recently donated a lot of stuffed animals to the Goodwill since my daughter’s toy box was overflowing with them. However, I do love this idea!
Shaney Vijendranath says
That is such an awesome idea! I got lots of stuffed animals which I collected when I was younger and now my daughter has added her collection. I’m so trying this.
WOW I never thought to do this! What a great idea! I had SOOO MANY stuffed animals as a kid… and asthma, coincidence?… and now my daughter is a stuffed animal hoarder too… karma?? ; ) Great idea, I will definitely be trying to do this!
It does seem to get passed down doesn’t it!
I’m like you. I sneak them to the donation bin when they get shoved at the bottom of the basket and dont see the light of day for quite some time. This is a pretty cool idea. I am not sure how kiddo would feel sitting on a bag of stuffed animals though. lol
This might be a good idea for those who like stuffed animals. My kids all have allergies and stuffed animals were never an option. They were allowed to have a couple and they were ok with that.
This looks like such a wonderful idea! I cannot wait to pass this along to some of my family members who would benefit from it. Sadly, we are not able to have many stuffed animals due to asthma… Thanks for sharing!
Chene Atkins- Whittington says
This is a great idea! I need something like this for my youngest son, he has stuffed animals everywhere.
My friend puts her son’s stuffed animals in a bean bag cover. I need to do that!
This is such a cost-saving solution. Now, we can only buy the cover and have a full redesigned or revamped bean bag at home. 🙂 I like the polka-dotted one!
This is such a creative and awesome idea for those darn useless stuffed animals. Unfortunately my body can’t handle sitting in bean bags anymore so I’ll stick with donating the ones I have laying around.
Rebecca Swenor says
This is an awesome idea indeed. I will have to share this with my sister who has grown up girls now and a whole bunch of stuffed animals. It is what I call recycling indeed. Thanks for sharing.