Playing with stuffed animals allows your child to stretch his imagination, provides companionship during the dark of night and allows him to practice independent skills. But that doesn't mean that you need to tolerate stuffed animals scattered around the room. By creating storage that allows your child to put his stuffed animals away easily, you can solve the problem of a chaotic room, while allowing your child the joy of his animal friends.
Things You'll Need
- Fishing net
- Cup hooks
- Over-the-door shoe storage unit
- Pop-up hamper, animal shaped
- Plastic milk crates
- 1-inch wide black elastic
Purchase a brightly colored fishing net at the dollar store or other discount store. Install cup hooks on opposing walls and stretch the net across the corner to create a hammock for stuffed animals. Encourage children to put the stuffed animals to bed in their hammock at bedtime.
Select an over-the-door hanging shoe storage unit and place it on the inside of your child's bedroom door. Look for a unit with clear plastic windows to keep prized stuffed animals visible, yet organized. This method may require your assistance, as the top storage areas may be out of your child's reach.
Place a large pop-up hamper in the corner of your child's room. These are often available in playful designs, including animal shapes. The hamper provides room for a multitude of stuffed animals, is easy to access and makes tidying the room a breeze. Simply toss the animals into the hamper and close the lid at bedtime.
Arrange several plastic milk crates along the wall, or in a corner, to create a stuffed animal zoo. Use black elastic to make "bars," by attaching the elastic at the top and bottom of the crate horizontally. Space bars 4 to 6 inches apart depending on the size of the crate. This serves to hold the animals inside the crate, while creating the illusion of barred cages in the zoo.
Tips & Warnings
- Make putting stuffed animals to bed a bedtime ritual. This teaches kids to value their toys and teaches them to keep their rooms tidy.
- Never place nets or string over a crib where they may pose a danger of strangulation.
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