The Mama Who Kept on Decluttering

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I don’t share many pictures of my kids’ rooms anymore. They’re old (one is FOURTEEN) and have their own lives and such and I don’t feel it’s my place to share their messes with the world.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t declutter. Oh boy, we do.

It gets easier and easier and easier every time. You know how I talk about re-decluttering? And decluttering momentum? And how we live a (totally imperfect) lifestyle of decluttering now?

All those things apply to my kids. Every time we declutter their rooms, the impact is bigger because of all the other times we’ve decluttered. They also are reminded, every single time, that a decluttered room is much more livable.

We still stink pretty bad at keeping rooms perfect, but every decluttering session is worth it. Really.

Here’s what we decluttered recently:

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  1. Stuffed animals. My daughter had big plans and claimed she was ready to get rid of most her stuffed animals. (Most of about 40.) She pitched three. I understood. And since the rest were contained, I didn’t fight that battle.
  2. The Supergirl cape. This is a win! We’ve debated about that multiple times, but this time it was angst-free.
  3. Clothes, clothes and more clothes. Some didn’t fit, and many were just honest answers to the question of whether they would ever choose to wear it.

Want to see LOTS of links to previous kids’ rooms posts? Go here.

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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.

stuffed animal bean bag

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!!

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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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