062 Layers of a Clean House Podcast

Podcast #62 from ASlobComesClean.com -Layers of a Clean House

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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


How Many Do I Need? Not that many.

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I think about this question.

I get asked this question.

But any decluttering progress I’ve made has NOT been because I had an answer to this question.

The best answer is simply, “Less.”

I need less. Or fewer. Whichever is grammatically correct for the situation.

Less refers to something that can’t be counted. Fewer is used when there is a specific number of things. Example: Less water. Fewer cups.

Fewer things. Less stuff.

Things can be counted. But when there are so many things that it becomes stuff, counting is pointless.

I know for a fact that I’ve kept mousse bottle caps because it seemed logical to keep them. When we travel, you need the lid. Lids disappear, so I should be sure I have one.

But I’m not sure I have one. I’m just sure I have more. I can’t have any idea how many I have when the bathroom counter looks like this:

Before Picture where I Can't Possibly Know What's In the PileASlobComesClean.com

It was on that bathroom counter that I found all FIVE of those caps. Five.

I can count to five, and five is four too many.

But on this counter, I can see if I have one or none or more.

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I can see it, so I know. I know if I have enough. Takes away the stress of wondering.

Takes away a lot of stress.


Oh. And yes, I see that hair hanging off one of the caps in the picture at the top of the post. I thought about applying my limited photo-editing skills to remove it. Then I decided it is what it is. I can’t pretend the random mousse bottle caps in the pile of clutter are pristine.

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