More Ideas for Containing Stuffed Animals

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I started to title this, “More Ideas for Stuffed Animal Storage” but stopped myself.

It’s not about storing. It’s about containing. By “it” I mean the way I have to think about my home to keep it from getting out of control.

Storing means finding a place (or many places) to put things.

Containing means designating a space, and letting that designated space determine how much/many of something we can keep.

Here’s the post where I finally understood what containers really are. Here’s a podcast where I blab on about this life-changing concept and how it works. Here’s another post where I explain what it means to see your entire home as a container.

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Recently, I shared how we contain my daughter’s stuffed animals. One of you commented with a solution I’d never heard before! It’s a product that’s like a bean bag, but you stuff it with your stuffed animals! It contains/limits the stuffed animals, and can be used as a seat or a big pillow. Isn’t that cute?

I shared this on Facebook, and another of you mentioned you’d done the same thing with a bean bag cover. Here are some of those on Amazon, though most were not in stock when I clicked on them individually. And I wouldn’t recommend removing the stuffing from an already filled bean bag chair. I tried that once and it made a HUGE mess.

Or you could sew your own bean bag cover! Here’s a pattern.

I also loved this idea from Tara:

Stuffy Jail

She created a “Stuffy Jail.”

She said, “We have ‘stuffy jail’ under my daughter’s loft bed. Crates, zip ties and elastic cord. Easy peasy!

I’d love to see your ideas for “contain”ing stuffed animals! Send me an email with pictures at aslobcomesclean @ gmail . com (with spaces removed!).


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Containing Stuffed Animals


Organizing Kids’ Rooms: Containers (Used Correctly) WORK!!

Organizing Kids' Rooms Containers Work!! at

Wait. You saw that picture and clicked over because you thought it was a before pic?


Well, this is uncomfortable.

That’s not a before picture. It’s actually a celebration picture. Here it is without all the extra bloggy stuff:

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It’s a success picture because it’s an “organizing solution” that works for us. And it has been working for two and a half years!!

I wrote a post back in August of ’12 sharing that we’d tried a new method for containing my daughter’s stuffed animals. Before this idea, they were forever strewn across the floor, the bed, and any other available horizontal surface.

Even though I know it’s not scientifically possible, I truly believed they were multiplying.

IfyaknowwhatImean . . .

It was three years into this deslobification process, and the Container Concept was taking hold in my Slob Brain. I was starting to get it.

We placed her beloved (but rarely-truly-played-with) stuffed animals on the shelves of the rustic china cabinet-ey thingy we’d moved into her room a year and a half before that. Over the year-and-a-half, we’d learned that these not-so-accessible shelves weren’t good for toys she wanted to play with regularly. Getting down was a hassle and putting back was a longshot.

But using it for displaying furry friends works. And with each clutter shakedown in her room, the Container Concept continues working.

That cabinet is a container. It’s a limit. It contains/limits the stuffed animals we can keep.

If a new stuffed animal enters our world, its worth is easily determined by whether or not it is deemed shelf-worthy. The shelves only hold so many stuffed animals. If we want to keep a new one, an old one must go to make room.

If the new animal doesn’t beat out at least one other animal on the shelf-worthiness scale, we can’t keep it.

The container (not a nagging mama) determines how many stuffed animals we keep.

And the decision is hers. While I have no idea why the pink platypus is so appealing, I don’t care. It fits on the shelf and doesn’t clutter the floor.


Yay for a solution that has worked for a long time. Those are like the Golden Ticket around here.


Need more ideas for organizing kids’ rooms? Here’s a big ol’ post with specific ideas and lots of links.

Added affiliate link: In the comments on this post, Cecilia mentioned an amazing idea for CONTAINing stuffed animals that I’d never seen before. It’s like a bean bag, but you stuff it with your own stuffed animals. The animals are “contained” and your child has a bean bag chair or large pillow to lounge upon!

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Re-Decluttering Is a Real Thing

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In case you’re new around here, let me explain something. I truly believe the #1 thing I have to give to my kindred slob spirits is permission to keep going.

Photo-proof that “after” photos turn back into before photos, and it’s okay to tackle that same space again instead of throwing my hands up in the air and declaring there’s no point in even trying.

And honestly, I have grown to love the wonders of Re-Decluttering as an actual decluttering strategy. As a thing. A real thing that works for my Slob Brain.

Once upon a time, I believed that once-and-for-all could actually happen. That there was a totally-not-mythical time in the future where my house was going to be decluttered.

Completely. Forever. And always.

But perhaps you’ve read other posts where I decluttered my daughter’s room and celebrated the after pics and marveled at the happiness she experienced, playing on her clear floor.

And yet those boxes in the picture above are full of things we pulled out of her room last week.

Those boxes are full of things she once believed she couldn’t live without. The brown woven (bottom right) purse was a prized possession purchased with her own quarter at a garage sale. The pink-fuzzy dog carrier was totally and completely and justifiably useful the last time we considered donating it.

Most of the books that made it onto the “Like-It” shelf last time were purged with zero angst this time around. The pinwheels that were full of possibilities and way-too-cute-to-not-keep a year ago had shown themselves to be awkward, hard-to-find-a-place-for topplers. Nobody likes a toppler.

These examples demonstrate what I’ve personally found to be true over and over (and over) again through my own deslobification process. When I stress and agonize and fret over something and therefore decide I can’t possibly declutter it, the next time I come across it in a decluttering project, my decision is generally angst-free.

One of two things happens. Either I decided to keep it and I put it to use! Now, it’s OBVIOUSLY not clutter.

Or I never thought about it again, never used it, and now it obviously IS clutter. When that happens, my stomach doesn’t hurt at all and I don’t even groan a little bit. In fact, I generally get this delicious heartless feeling as I pitch it into the Donate Box. I might even laugh scornfully at Me From A Year Ago Who Was Sure My Life Would Be Ruined if I Didn’t Keep It.

(Yes. I have issues.)

Now, we’re enjoying my daughter’s clean, spacious, play-in-able, invite-a-friendable room. And since I know (from way too much experience) that each time we purge her room, it stays clean a little longer than the time before, I look forward to enjoying it for quite a while.

What is your experience with re-decluttering? Isn’t it so much easier the second time you tackle a space?


More decluttering posts:

My Two (ONLY Two!) Decluttering Questions

How to Declutter Without Making a Bigger Mess

Decluttering a Child’s Room



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