What do you do with all those Stuffed Animals?
Most parents understand me when I say they are being invaded by Stuffed Animals. Kids just love their plush friends, but parents think they take take up too much room and it can become overwhelming. I too have been faced with this problem, but have found some great solutions I just had to share to help make this problem a bit easier to deal with.
What you will find here: Great ways to organizer and store all of those Stuffed Animals, Where you can donate Used and New Stuffed Animals and even ways you can recycle Stuffed Animals.
So get ready for information OVERLOAD
Here is my Story
I am the owner of The Party Animal and a large part of my business is selling stuffable plush. I also have a daughter who loves to collect stuffed animals. So of course my daughter's room is overloaded with them. I was tired of having bins all over full of Stuffed Animals and yes I even got her to donate some to charity, but even with that we still seem to have so many she is not ready to part with.
So I started searching for solutions to organize them better and ways she can display them. So I have to share some of the great things I have done and products I have found and even purchased myself to help with this Plush Invasion.
When ever I find products that I love I always share them - a lot of parents do not even know that these solutions even exist. So get ready for some great ways to get rid of some of that clutter with some great organizational items.
The Zoo - My Favorite Solution to store Stuffed Animals
This is one of my newest purchases
I could not believe it when I came across The Zoo by Little Zoo Keepers. I saw this product and knew it was just what I was looking for. What I loved about this was that it can hold up to 90 or more Stuffed Animals, it hardly takes up any room and you can see them all inside and my daughter can have easy access to them when she wants to play. The other feature I loved was that the wood is paintable or stainable so it can match any decor. I immediately called my sister in law because she has the same problem with my niece and she wanted one too (see my nieces Zoo below). So we placed our order and I say it was the best thing I have purchased in a long time - see my photos below. You can view the The Photo Gallery and see what some others have done with their Zoo for more great ideas.
I ordered mine with a blank face plate without the words "The Zoo" which is an option and I plan on staining mine to match my daughter warm wood furniture color.
Here are some of the features of The Zoo:
* Takes under 2 square feet of floor space.
* Now 90 or so mediums stuffed animals can have a place to call "home".
* Your Webkinz Collection will also fit in THE ZOO.
* Safe, flexible bars even allow tots to move animals in and out easily.
* Easy assembly using just a screwdriver with clear color photo instructions.
* Simple method of attaching to the wall to prevent tipping.
* Made from tough multi-ply plywood that even the toughest kid cannot break.
* Have fun painting THE ZOO or just leave it as it is.
One other thing I loved about this company is that they will give you $12 back when you send in a photo of The Zoo in your home - now that is just cool.
Check out my photos of The Zoo
So as you read I just loved The Zoo and I ordered one. I have to say it was worth every penny I spent. I am amazed at how many Stuffed Animals fit in there. As you can see from my photos my Daughter had Bins and Piles of them all in her room taking up so much space. Now with The Zoo they are not only in one place, it looks great, it is neat, she can clean them up easy and she love s being able to see and get to her plush friends.
Believe it or not there is room for more to fit. When I ordered mine I requested a blank face plate vs the wording of The Zoo because I knew my daughter would have this for a long time. I also stained mine a Cherry Color to match her room furniture. You can stain or paint it to match any decor.
Parents - this is the best thing ever so if you are taken over by plush you must get The Zoo
My Daughter's Stuffed Animals BEFORE
My Daughter's Stuffed Animals AFTER
My Nieces Zoo - My sister in law loves it as well
Storing and Displaying your Webkinz
That is my Daughter's Collection in the Photo
This is another great solution in storing and displaying Webkinz or any other smaller size plush. As you can see in the photo, which is my Daughter's, I took an over the door shoe holder and hung it right on her wall. The pockets are perfect for holding all her Webkinz and smaller size plush and they all have their very own pocket. I used a canvas holder for durability vs. the plastic, but that would work as well. The other cool thing you can do is take Fabric Markers and write the names of each plush on the pockets so you know who belongs there and who is missing.
The over the door shoe holders come in many styles so they can match every decor. My son even has one on the back of his door with his favorite plush in it. So it is great for both Boys and Girls.
Obviously my daughter has many more Webkinz and can use another one hung, but The Zoo will be great for holding all of those. This she is using for all of her current favorites. Most of the organizers will hold 20-24 Animals.
This really is a great way to display and it also makes a Unique Gift Idea. It is also great for any age.
Over the Door Shoe Holder - Just like the one I use
More Over The Door Shoe Holders in different Colors and Styles
Animal Bags by Boon Inc.
I found these in my web travels and thought they were just the coolest things: Animal Bags. Now I do not have these, but if my daughter was younger I would have had many. This is a great way to store the stuffed animals neatly and have them also be a soft cozy seat for the little kids.
It is like having a bean bag chair - but instead of beans it is your stuffed animals it is filled with.
The Animal Bags come in vibrant colors and various shapes and feature Zippered mesh "Windows" allowing the kids to see and access their Stuffed Animals inside. That is just so cool. I really love great storage solutions.
The Stuffed Animal Organizer Tree
This another great solution to cleaning up all of those Stuffed Animals - A Stuffed Animal Organizer Tree. I actually use these when I am doing local shows with my business The Party Animal, it is an easy way for me to display all the Stuffable Plush Options available to purchase. Mine are actually homemade from wood - see the photo below and keep in mind all my plush hanging are not yet stuffed.
How this Works - There are 52 Elastic Bands you use for hanging your Stuffed Animals and Dolls. When they are all hung they make a really cool display in the shape of a tree.
It allows the child easy access to their Plush Friends anytime they want to play and it gets them off the floor and organized.
This is My Animal Tree at one of my shows
Jackpopz - Great for Storing and Displaying those Webkinz and Smaller Size Plush
Another product I have found and really like are Jackpopz. These are great for your Webkinz and smaller Plush Collections. Jackpopz come in many variations from Carriers, Pillowcases to The Grandy Storage. What makes them so unique is the little holes for the plush heads to peek out. It is a great way for the kids to show off their plush friends. They also come in great bright colors so there is something for everyone - Girls and Boys. They also make a perfect gift to a child who collects Webkinz.
More Stuffed Animal Storage Solutions
Of course their are other solutions to storing your Stuffed Animals out there like Toy Boxes & Bins, Chains, Mesh Slings and so on. So there many ways you can organize and store them out there - it really is just a matter of preference and the kind of room you have available.
So just think how nice it will be to have all of those Stuffed Animals stored nicely and not all over the place.
More Stuffed Animal Storage Solutions
Great Pop-Up Storage Bins - You can store your Stuffed Animals inside these great looking Bins
Mesh Hanging Storage Organizers - Made to hand in a closet, but they can also be hung in a room
These Mesh Hanging Storage Organizers are available in a large assortment of color choices
2-Piece Organizer Sets & Novelty Hampers - You get adorable Hamper and matching Stuffed Animal Hammock
This company also has additional Novelty Hampers that are so cute - so be sure to see all the design choices
Stuff us with some Good Ol' Feedback
Roberta on January 15, 2017:
Great ideas for storage. I am sharing this on Pinterest.
anonymous on June 04, 2013:
Cute ideas! The red zipper kids storage pouf is an amazing solution too! It's a beautiful bean bag that holds about 60 stuffed animals and is soooo pretty to look at!!
sojourner-1 on April 06, 2013:
These are great. Some of them simply very fun and useful.
anonymous on March 27, 2013:
I am 14 and have a lot of stuffed animals I don't want to go to highschool like a child I love the stuffie puppy bean bag chair
MelloKnitty LM on March 03, 2013:
Thank goodness for toy organisers! I love the stuffed animal beanbags - what a great idea!
uneasywriter lm on February 16, 2013:
ChristyZ on February 14, 2013:
Some great storage ideas, we have an overload of stuffed bears and I hadn't thought about all of the different options. :) Very helpful suggestions!
carocwn on January 15, 2013:
Cool lens. I like somewhere to put things.
wahmshelley on January 15, 2013:
You have shared some really terrific ways to organize a stuffed animal toy collection...Thanks!!!...WAHM Shelley... :)
anonymous on January 03, 2013:
Amazing ideas I'm inspired!! Oh and the stuffed guys are mine heather aged 32 haha I just can't bare to part from them but they need a tidy home. Think il go for the mesh net or mesh organiser. Thanks :)
anonymous on December 04, 2012:
great ideas :)
anonymous on November 02, 2012:
Lora Riley on November 02, 2012:
good to know
anonymous on October 25, 2012:
Love your lens. The stuffies in my house are running amuck and the child just turned 2! Thanks for sharing.
anonymous on October 08, 2012:
I never would have thought of using the shoe organizers! Great idea, thanks!!
anonymous on October 03, 2012:
Do you have any idea where you can buy a stuffed animal tree in Canada?? I love the idea but can't find any company that either ships here or sells it here! Thanks
Wahmwriter on September 15, 2012:
What a lovely and useful lense. And very timely for my Grandsons up and coming 1st Birthday
anonymous on September 05, 2012:
I have trouble parting with the stuff animals the kids collected over the years. Its not the stuffie but the memory attached to them. I packed them all up and put them away. Someday when I have passed, someone else will have to give them away.
Jen withFlash on August 26, 2012:
I love the zoo! That's really cute!
anonymous on July 25, 2012:
This was the best result of a Google search I ever had! I put in "ideas for stuffed animal storage" and expected to see just a couple of ideas, but this site had idea after good idea, all from a real experienced person, not a marketing expert trying to get you to open your wallet! Un monton de gracias! (A mountain of thanks!) :)
mysweetjane lm on July 15, 2012:
the chains are a great idea I haven't seen before
anonymous on July 12, 2012:
Thanks for the great ideas. i really like The Zoo idea.
anonymous on July 07, 2012:
Great information! Very helpful,
anonymous on June 25, 2012:
great ideas..i will do some of that for my child's toys.
anonymous on May 18, 2012:
I purchased a great new product called Cuddle on Inn. My daughter loves it! www.cuddleoninn.com
belle88 on May 17, 2012:
anonymous on March 30, 2012:
If the items are too expensive,such as the Zoo,boonbags,or hamocks if you or someone you know are handy it wouldn't be much to make your own versions of them, buy a empty bean bag,fill it full of stuffies, hamock...my son made one from a curtain.
jordanmilesbask on March 19, 2012:
this is really a great lens... thanks for sharing!
Mishael A Witty on February 21, 2012:
Great ideas here. I saw the Zoo for the first time today and fell in love with it. Too bad it's just a little outside our price range right now. I agree, though, that the fact that you give you $12 back for a picture is super-cool!
Frankie Kangas from California on January 28, 2012:
Fabulous lens with excellent ideas for storage. I don't have any kids but I do have toys for all of our cats (16 in our home with our FIV Cat Rescue) so I'll be using some of these for sure. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster
anonymous on January 24, 2012:
Thank you for this site - lots of great ideas~!
anonymous on January 15, 2012:
Wonderful info! Thanks!
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 14, 2012:
Looks like cute AND practical solution to me. And I suppose it can be used for other toys as well!
anonymous on November 21, 2011:
Thank you for putting it together!
fullofshoes on November 18, 2011:
wish these products had been available when my kids were little! Love the Zoo; great concept.
anonymous on November 17, 2011:
I love the "zoo!" THAT is a super-cute idea. I could've definitely used it when I was little. I had a mesh fabric-type thing hanging from the ceiling for my plushies when I was a kid. I like the mesh bags too though. That would've been great, since it could be so cozy with the right stuffed animals in it!
Rose Jones on October 22, 2011:
The stuffy puppy was my favorite - you can have your kids sit on the pillows that hold the stuffies.
LotusLandry from Southern California on September 25, 2011:
Get a load of the stuffed animals running loose, known as The Swarm. They all work for Parker Industries Ltd. http://www.squidoo.com/the-naming-of-the-animals.P... is the CEO rabbit!
anonymous on August 13, 2011:
Great lens. It fits in well with mine (http://www.squidoo.com/over-the-door-hanging-organ... so I'm adding it to my my list of recommended lenses.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 01, 2011:
Nice ideas. Could work for me too...
ikeephouse on May 24, 2011:
I've never seen the Zoo before. That is great.! Thanks for sharing.
heavenlysoapsWA on May 15, 2011:
Really terrific idea, I wish I had this when my kids were young. Word of advise, before you give away their stuffed toys, always keep some of the favourites and really check with them which ones they would be!!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 18, 2011:
As angel for the stuffed toy neighborhood it is my job to select the ten best in this category. http://www.squidoo.com/stuffed-plush-dolls-animals... is still under construction but you will be featured there as one of the ten best stuffed toy articles as soon as I get it complete. Best wishes.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on February 21, 2011:
My daughter also had about a gazzilion stuffed toys and loved each and every one of them beyond measure. She could spot if one had been moved from where she had set it. I love the zoo :)
mockingbird999 on January 15, 2011:
They're everywhere in my home. They really are taking over. I really do need to get the organized somehow. Thanks for the ideas.
Adriana from New Market on December 17, 2010:
The Zoo looks really cool1
WhitePineLane on December 07, 2010:
Great lens on a topic that all parents of young kids can relate to! We used the "Beanie Tree" but I do really like the idea of the "Zoo". When my kids were little they had a hard time getting the plushies into the elastic loops, so I was always the one to put everything away! The soft bendy bars on the Zoo look like it would be easy for any age kid to get the toys out AND put them away.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on May 04, 2010:
Great suggestions! I do remember the organization problems with the stuffed animals when my children were little. We tried several different things over the years including the nets and the clip organizers. They were a sanity saver :)
norma-holt on April 16, 2010:
A great lens, wonderful ideas and lovely solutions to this awkward storage situation. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with StardustNorma
VarietyWriter2 on April 15, 2010:
Love the personal touch and personal photos you added to this lens. Nicely done. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)
KarenTBTEN on April 15, 2010:
Very nice. My nieces have a tremendous stuffed animal collection. I like the personal touch -- the pictures of your daughter's and niece's collections ans storage. I also like the information about donating used plushies. I might want to link to that info on my velveteen rabbit lens; there comes a time when a stuffed animal is ready for the blue fairy, but in this day and age people cast off things that are quite serviceable yet.
Samantha Lynn from Missouri on March 07, 2010:
Fantastic...every parent has this problem with plush toys. I swear they multiply on their own!
pixie637 on January 13, 2010:
I love your lens, great ideas! Five stars and Lensrolled. I would also like to feature your lens on my organization lens here https://hubpages.com/living/organizationforhome Please come and see, if you do not want your lens there, just let me know. Thanks
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on January 09, 2010:
This is fantastic! If I still had angel wings I would bless it. but 5*****!
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on December 02, 2009:
I love stuffed animals and teddy bears. These toy organizers are great. I love the Webkinz for small animals and small hands. What great gift ideas, too. Thanks! :)
natnickeep lm on September 22, 2009:
I love this lens. Lots of great ideas for storing stuffed animals. Now I wish I wouldn't of got rid of most of ours. I just had no where to put them, or at least so I thought.
Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on August 30, 2009:
What fun! I did vote too soon though, as after I have seen how many animals you have, I guess we don't really have that much, but they sure can use a bit of organization. Love the zoo. Thanks also for showing me what a webkins looks like. I didn't realize they were plush. (They are not in New Zealand, but we hear about them from American friends)
Sherrie1 LM on May 21, 2009:
Beautiful lens! Well done! 5 Stars! For more kid room organizing and decorating ideas please visit Organizing & Decorating Kids Rooms.
Smitty from Arizona on May 20, 2009:
I Love your Stuffed Animals lens. Great pictures! 5 stars
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 08, 2009:
Back again to rate (how'd I miss that the first time) and bless this great lens!Brenda
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on March 28, 2009:
I enjoyed your hubpage about the stuffed animal organizers and forgot to look and see if you have a lens. I am going to lensroll your lens back to my Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzle Storage Systems lens. How can anyone resist the zoo -- especially when the company gives you $12 back!Brenda
CounselMom on March 23, 2009:
Neat ideas! That chair is really cool!
Janet2221 on March 19, 2009:
Great lens! :)
Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on March 19, 2009:
Love that animal bag idea! A seat! So cool. Thing is, I don't have any kids, but I have a LOT of stuffed animals. I'm almost 40, and they're all mine. I just never could bring myself to get rid of them. Each one has a story to it (hmm ... just got a lens idea, uh-oh). Every time we've moved, I've had to bug my husband to build me new wall shelves to put them on. But now I'm thinkin' one of your solutions may be better. Great lens. :)
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on March 19, 2009:
Oh me! Oh My! This is great. What wonderful products for all the stuffed animals. I was just taking a break from cleaning up my grandson's room at our house and there are 2 generations of stuffed animals in there. Thank you for this info. Loved your pictures!