Create The Ultimate Storage For Stuffed Animals With A Simple Dollar Tree DIY

If you've got kids with a gazillion stuffed animals, or you're an adult who never outgrew them, wrangling the stuffies can be a task. They're malleable but take up a lot of room, and beds can only hold so many. Not to mention that "Toy Story" gave a lot of us an internalized notion that toys are alive, so stuffing them into toy chests feels cruel. So why not transform stuffed animal clutter into cute kid decor?

Thankfully, some creative folks out there have figured out easy (and affordable) stuffie organization solutions. This stunning Dollar Tree DIY storage idea, using a mesh laundry bag costing just $1.25, is a riff on a solution you can purchase for 10 times that price. Keeping stuffed animals in sight and accessible is part of the necessity of organizing them so they don't get forgotten about altogether.  

Should you decide to part with some stuffed animals, consider donating them to other organizations before dropping them all off at a thrift store. Places like shelters can really use them. Rachel Solid from the Atlanta Mission told the Atlanta Journal Consitution, "There are lots of parents who come in, with the smaller kids especially, as they grow out of one toy, they want to go in to buy something else. For a few dollars they can trade up for other toys."  

Create a hammock to use vertical space

Stuffed animal hammocks are not a new idea. They've been around for years as a way to keep stuffed toys off the ground and organized without confining them to a closet or bin. Yet, the average stuffie hammock is $10 online, which is why this TikTok hack from @j3nnif3r_11 is such a great idea. You only need a Dollar Tree mesh laundry bag for $1.25, scissors, and some tacks or nails to attach the homemade hammock to the walls.

Cut the laundry bag lengthwise, but do not cut the drawstring cord — it gives the hammock some tension to contain the stuffies and prevent them from cascading onto the floor. Once you cut it, find a corner of a wall and secure each end of the newly made hammock to opposing walls. After that, fill it up with as many stuffies as it can reasonably hold. If you need another hammock, it'll only be another $1.25 investment. 

With this handy hack, you utilize a room's vertical storage capabilities. Or, try this stylish stuffed animals storage trick for another way to keep them all together. Either way, you won't be filled with existential dread that the stuffed animals feel neglected or suffocated.