Stuffed Animal Simplicity

If you have kids, then you have a dreaded collection of stuffed animals. They live on the bed, under the bed and are slowing migrating down the hall and into your living room.

Consider these three strategies to get all the kids’ stuffed furry friends under control.

Large floor bins are the best way to organize stuffed animals.

One: Appeal to their kind little hearts. Let them know that you want to donate unneeded items to a charity that will benefit needy children. Focusing on the generosity of giving can get your kids to loosen their grips on their old toys. It will also reinforce a wonderful skill… sharing.

Two: Set a target. Make editing fun by turning it into a game. For example, for every stuffed animal they keep, see if they can give up one.

Three: Set a confined physical space for the stuffed animals. Whether a bin or a shelf, once the space is full, there is no room to add more toys. Labels might help your children understand that principle.

When all else fails, you might have to do a little “editing” while the kids nap. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.

Finally, It can be tough to find a home for stuffed animals to consider textile recycling, a local animal shelter or mail them into Stuffed Animals for Emergencies.