As frustrating as it may be, seeing their room looking like a mess and filled with different stuffed animals, remember, these teddy bears will make them happy. In the end, that's what counts, right?
As a mom with an active toddler, trust me when I say "I get it." I understand how exhausting it can be for a mother to clean and rearrange the room over and over, especially if you are like me and you are also on this mommy journey. But with the ideas I'm going to share with you, you'll no longer have to go through all the stress of rearranging your kid's room. In fact, as soon as you get here, you already have it in your bag.
These pet storage ideas will help you tame those toys, keep your room tidy, and stay sane in the process. Mom's work is never done. Also make it easier on yourself with these simple storage systems.
Whether the Winnie the Pooh plush is no longer their favorite toy (in the entire expanse of the world), or stuffed animals and gummies have officially taken over the living room - we know if you need to know how to store stuffed animals for the long haul.
Even if your child has officially moved on from the plush stage, it can be difficult to throw away all of their favorite plush toys. Plush toys can hold sentimental and sometimes monetary value. Keeping them in self-storage is a great way to save toys in case you want to hand them over one day.
1. Clean Your Stuffed Toys
Cleaning plush toys is a critical step in preparing for long-term storage. Whether the plush is going outside to play in the mud or is constantly being held by Cheetos' fingers, it's important to remove these stains before storing. Remove any lingering odors from plush toys to deter pests and rodents.
If your stuffed animals are machine washable (check the label), put them in a mesh laundry bag and wash them "gently" using a mild detergent and cold water. If you can't wash it in the washing machine, fill a bowl or sink with cold water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Gently wash plush toys and rinse.
It is very important to ensure that stuffed animals are completely dry before storing. Any moisture in the toy can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Hang them outside to dry.
Pro tip: Sometimes it's easier to wash your stuffed animal if you take the stuffing out first. Plush toys usually have a short seam on the back that you can easily cut with scissors and remove the stuffing. After the toy is completely dry, you can replace the stuffing or put in new stuffing.
2. Repair any damagePlush toys go through a lot - from tears and tears to losing limbs and ears. But most of the time, you can repair the damage with a little love (and a few tricks you'll have on the sidelines). Even though your child may not need the plush toy right away, you should still address any concerns before storing the plush toy for long periods of time.
If you removed the stuffing while the plush was having a spa treatment, put in the existing stuffing or add new stuffing. Then repair the seam with needle and thread.
You should also take the time to stitch up any lost limbs and repair any other tears or tears.
3. Properly package your plush toy
Now, once the plush toys are clean, happy, and healthy, it's time to pack them up for storage. It's a good idea to wrap stuffed animals in acid-free tissues, especially if you're storing antique, valuable, or collectible stuffed animals for a long time.
Next, you'll place the toy in a plastic bucket with a lid. Try not to overpack the tub so as not to damage the fur or shape. You can also put stuffed animals in boxes made of acid-free cardboard.
If you're trying to save space in your storage unit, you'll probably want to use a vacuum-sealed bag. This is not a good idea because if the plush toys are squashed for a long time, they can become permanently deformed.
Stuffed Animal Storage FAQs:
Can soft toys be stored in plastic containers for long-term storage?
The best place to store stuffed toys is a plastic bucket. Not only do they protect the toy from pests, but they also keep it from getting wet. Putting stuffed animals in a vacuum-sealed bag changes the shape of the toy, and plastic bags don't provide enough protection.
Can you use a vacuum cleaner on stuffed animals?
Yes, you can! Vacuum frequently to keep your child's toys in good condition. You can also vacuum the toys before washing them.
Can you store plush toys in the attic?
You can store plush toys in the attic, but it's not ideal. Attics often lack constant temperature and are susceptible to humidity, insects, and other pests. To keep your plush toys in good shape, they should be in a temperature-controlled environment.