If you have been reading for awhile, you know how much stuffed animals are a thorn in my side. The children in the families that I work with have often lost considerable real estate in their bedroom or even on their bed due to the overwhelming number of stuffed animals in their collection. Yet the children never, NEVER want to part with ANY of them, because that would hurt the stuffed animal’s feelings. Abandonment issues, you know.
So over the years I have had to come up with several space-saving, preferably inexpensive ways to house all of these furry friends. My latest idea? Just a box covered in wrapping paper to match the decor in my son’s room (yeah, I’m going super cheap here this time.)
But Nathan, my 8-year-old organizer, took one look at that box and decided it was a Stuffed Animal Boat. He taped a cardboard tube in the center of the box, and hoisted up a flag he made that says “Animals.” Then he made a little life raft for all of his tiniest stuffed animals that appear to be fleeing from the large boat of critters? I don’t really know. But I can tell you he attached the two boats together with dental floss. So now they won’t get lost at sea.
I’m just glad the stuffed animals are finally all contained — and that it didn’t cost me a penny! How do you deal with the stuffed animals in your house?