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What To Do Wioth 500 Stuffies You Can't Get Rid Of!?

post #1 of 28
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I have purged all the stuffed animals that won't hurt anybody's feelings if they're gone but am still left with about 50 of the darn things! As much as I would love to have a stuffed animal bonfire, I am wondering what other parents have done as creative storage for those beloved stuffed animals.

I have a few special ones out and then the rest in a plastic garbage bag in the closet. Honestly, they even bother me when they're in the closet b/c they just take up valuable space

Oh look at that, a type-o in my title and I can't edit it out!
post #2 of 28
We have a pop up laundry hamper in the kids' play area to hold them all (3 girls here so I feel your pain!)
post #3 of 28
Seriously, how do you think the giver would feel to know they're in a garbage bag in the closet, unplayed with and unloved? How is that better than in the trash? Will the giver(s) actually check, do you remember who gave what and put it out when they come over?

I would just trash them and not worry about it. IF you're ever asked, and I doubt it will happen, you can say honestly that you don't know where it is. If the kids did love it and play with it once upon a time, you can say that the kids really loved it to death, or that it's gone missing. Your time and care are worth more than keeping track of stuffed animals IMO. The only one I know who asks about possessions given is my parents, and they're really manipulative about stuff.
post #4 of 28
Back in the 90's there were things invented called "Pet Nets" that was a triangular mesh net that hung in the corner of a room and all the stuffies were piled decoratively on it. Then you could see them and choose some to play with but they were out of the way between times. Maybe you could find or make one of those.

You can still get them at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Stuffed-Animal.../dp/B000R9XNHG
post #5 of 28
Oh, I feel your pain. Yeah, we have over 100 Webkinz here and close to 30 Build A Bear animals- plus all of the other "special" stuffies that have made their way into our home. The nets are a neat idea, but don't hold enough, IMO. We're doing large wicker baskets at the present, but they take up too much floor space. I was thinking of shelving all around the top of the room- but was wondering if they would stay up there or if we would constantly be picking up ones that jumped off and went AWOL, kwim?
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post #7 of 28
In a few years I anticipate the same problem (DD is only two and we have a toy chest full) and then we will get a beanbag chair cover and stuff it with them. They have ones with mesh windows made specifically for stuffed animals, but I can't find the link.
post #8 of 28
My DD has one wooden toybox filled with stuffed animals, one shelf in her closet filled with them and I finally found a great solution for her little stuffed animals (Webkinz, Shining Starz and similarly sized toys), canvas over-the-door shoe racks. Sort of like this: shoe holder
We got some at Target that were very cute (brown with pink flowers) but I can't find them online. One fits nicely over the back of her door, and another got nailed to the wall behind the door. That tends to be wasted space in our house anyway, so it was perfect for stuffed animal storage.

Before that, DD lined her small stuffed toys up on these mini-shelves on her wall. They were left here by the previous owners, so I'm not sure where to get them, but I think Home Depot and places like that would be the best. The shelves were designed to hold picture frames, only a couple of inches out from the wall (perhaps 3 or 4 inches), and I imagine there are plenty of items at a hardware store that could pass for something like that and be very inexpensive.
post #9 of 28
http://www.thingamababy.com/baby/200...animalbag.html
Or I guess you could go the cheap route and buy a bean bag cover to shove the animals in =D lands end has one on sale for 9.99
http://www.landsend.com/pp/BeanBagCo...IQ-_-data_feed
post #10 of 28
I'd put them on the wall. If they'll be played with, the shoe holder or net idea would be great, or maybe some mountable wall cubbies. If you just want them out, how about a high shelf around the room with them all on display?
post #11 of 28
I've seen the string hammock thing done before - same as the net, but should you happen to have a spare hammock lying round the house... well, you probably have bigger decluttering issues than stuffed toys in that case, but hey.

The bean bag thing is a cute idea! Am taking notes... DD's stuffed toys have been pared down to the minimum and currently fit on a shelf, but she never actually plays with them.
post #12 of 28
When my mom was overwhelmed by stuffed animals, she let us all pick out 2-3 animals to keep. The rest were gotten rid of. I'm not one to keep an item just because someone gave it to me or my child. It annoys my in-laws who are under the impression that you have keep EVERYTHING, including the random junk they pass on because they don't want to get rid of it. My MIL gets upset when I throw away expired milk and food products she brings over. Anyway, I don't see a point in trying to please people who over every now and then, when the people who live here are overwhelmed by too much stuff.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Gremco View Post
When my mom was overwhelmed by stuffed animals, she let us all pick out 2-3 animals to keep. The rest were gotten rid of.

That sounds horrible and sad to me. I would never force my children to get rid of beloved toys, though I do ask them to see if they can pare down every once in a while, that way, it is their decision and the toys they are giving away (or selling in a garage sale) are ones they are truly done with, not something they will miss and be sad over.
post #14 of 28
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That sounds horrible and sad to me. I would never force my children to get rid of beloved toys, though I do ask them to see if they can pare down every once in a while, that way, it is their decision and the toys they are giving away (or selling in a garage sale) are ones they are truly done with, not something they will miss and be sad over.
I get rid of lots of stuffed animals, DD is involved in choosing them, but DS is too young. I don't get rid of any he seems to like, of course. I keep it to one cubby of the living room bookshelf for smaller stuffed animals they use like figurines; on top of DS' dresser, and on DDs bed. When it starts to get overwhelming, I ask DD which she wants to keep and which to declutter. After a big declutter of toys "that you don't play with much anymore but someone else might like to play with now," we choose 1-2 things she'd really like to have (a doctor coat for dress up and some toy milk and and juice bottles--not baby bottles, regular jugs--for the toy kitchen).

There's a giant stuffed dog that I HATE but DD loves it, so it lives at the end of her bed. Most of the time the ones I hate or find creepy she does too, so it's not a big deal.
post #15 of 28
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That sounds horrible and sad to me. I would never force my children to get rid of beloved toys, though I do ask them to see if they can pare down every once in a while, that way, it is their decision and the toys they are giving away (or selling in a garage sale) are ones they are truly done with, not something they will miss and be sad over
I agree. While I DO make my girls part with other toys that they honestly aren't playing with much, I don't ever force them to give up stuffed animals. They develop emotional attachments to their stuffies, and while I as an adult know that they are "just" toys, my children feel differently. With regular toys, they do understand that we just can't hang onto everything, and I do force them to make choices about what stays/goes with that stuff.
post #16 of 28
Whose feelings are you trying to protect? I would just donate the toys.
post #17 of 28
Is it your child who wants to keep them? Or are you worried about other people?
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
That sounds horrible and sad to me. I would never force my children to get rid of beloved toys, though I do ask them to see if they can pare down every once in a while, that way, it is their decision and the toys they are giving away (or selling in a garage sale) are ones they are truly done with, not something they will miss and be sad over.
We never missed them though. At first we didn't want to pick just a few, but once we thought about it, we were able to pick the ones that were really special and not hold onto all of the stuffed animals just because we could.
post #19 of 28
If they are in a garbage bag and your kids have not asked for them, they obviously don't miss them.

I think it would be nice to donate them if you do not want them around and your children do not use them. There are a lot of children at child crises centers etc. that would really love to have a stuffy to sleep with or play with.


My mom surely gave away 99% of my toys (seeing that I no longer have them as an adult ) and I never felt sad about it. She saved a handful of special and sentimental toys but the rest were all passed along.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
That sounds horrible and sad to me. I would never force my children to get rid of beloved toys, though I do ask them to see if they can pare down every once in a while, that way, it is their decision and the toys they are giving away (or selling in a garage sale) are ones they are truly done with, not something they will miss and be sad over.
She never said they were beloved.

Personally I think stuffed animals are evil Seriously, they manipulate emotions - they gather dust but people are too guilty to get rid of them.
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