#trashouttuesday / our solution for storing the stuffed animals

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A few months ago (ok, maybe it was a year) we purged the stuffed animals in our house.

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We gathered every stuffed animal from every corner and there were over 120!! No family needs that many.

We donated our excess and decided to keep 20 for each child.

Note: I’m pretty sure we’ve accumulated 20 more since that purge…insert me rolling my eyes here.

After our purge, I still didn’t have a storage solution – except for keeping the 20 stuffed animals on their beds. Which is exactly what they do.

This is Kylie’s bed currently.


That’s 20 (or more) stuffed animals, plus about 10 pillows and 5 blankets. I’m not sure where she sleeps.

Our girls got into a bit of trouble over the weekend. We take a “family nap” on Sunday afternoons. This week the girls laid in their beds for 2 hours – and didn’t sleep a wink. When I walked into their room, I could see exactly why they didn’t sleep.

They had been building forts with their animals and pillows and blankets. No wonder they didn’t sleep!

Their consequence was that they will go 2 weeks without their animals and pillows on the beds. That means I’m forced to figure out a storage solution. I always work best under pressure!!

One reader commented on my blog about using the slim plastic storage containers under their beds with lids. I actually loved this idea! They can pull out a few to use at a time and switch them out every week or two. The lids keep them from getting all dusty.

Since hearing that suggestion on the blog we’ve moved their dress up clothes into clear bins under the beds and it has worked out nicely. Although I need to find the lids for those because of course, they weren’t with them in our house. 

Today I purchased a few more slim containers with lids at Wal-mart. They were 2 for $7 currently. This is the best time of year to buy storage containers – they have the biggest selection and the cheapest prices with all of the college kids going off to school.

This worked perfectly to store the stuff animals.

And they fit great underneath the bed.

Their beds are currently low, but I’m planning to raise them up in the next few months and they may be able to stack 2 containers on top of each other. I love the clear bins – they can see exactly what’s inside!

Now – they have boring beds for the next 2 weeks.

Oh well!!

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Slim plastic containers are a great under the bed storage solution. We’re using them for stuffed animals. What could you store under your bed in a clear plastic container?

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