If you’ve ever had to put away your stuffed animals, for any reason, you know how difficult it can be, both for sentimental reasons and for matters pertaining to practicality. When it’s time to shelve stuffed animals, find a solution that works for you and for the longevity of the stuffed animals. Here’s how to get it done:
Figure out how you want to store your stuffed animals. You may find that you want to display the collection, without having to put them away all together. Try using shelves or freestanding cases to display the stuffed animals that mean the most to you. If they are something that is not played with often, they will get dusty and musty. To protect them, try using a glass-front shelving system that can protect them while still allowing them to be seen.
Perhaps you don’t mind not seeing the stuffed animals but still want them protected while in storage. You can purchase an easy to open box that will allow you or your child easy access to the stuffed animals without having to cut open brown cardboard boxes or large trash bags (which can be confused for garbage if not properly labeled). If the plastic toy bin is going to be kept inside a bedroom, be sure it’s not too tall or heavy so that it doesn’t injure someone if it tips over.
Sometimes people choose to store stuffies in mesh bags such as the ones used for laundry. These are great for keeping stuffed animals off the floor and can be hooked on the back of a door or strung up from corner to corner in a room allowing for easy access. If they are not being kept in an attic, basement or other storage area, small stuffed animals can fit nicely into hanging shoe organizers. They peek out of pockets and can be a fun way for little ones to view and access their plush friends.
Another fun option is to string stuffies from a clothesline in a child’s room. By attaching lighter stuffed animals with clothespins, they can be taken down and put back up with relative ease. This method really helps keep floors tidy.
For long-term storage, consider keeping stuffed animals in plastic storage bins with locking or snapping lids. They can be found in a range of sizes and shapes and multiple bins can be stacked. Again, make sure if they are stacked that little ones cannot climb or tip them.
By wrapping each stuffed animal in acid-free tissue paper or acid-free boxes, you can preserve the life of the stuffed animals when they are not on display or in use. To prevent matted fur, try using more than one box to put the stuffed animals in. They should spring back to life and be ready for play or decoration when the time is right again!