How do you store stuffed toys long term?

brownliFebruary 16, 2007

There are several stuffed animals/toys I'd like to store long-term, they are special favorites of my daughter (toddler). Any suggestions on the proper way to store these items to keep them from 'going stale' for lack of a better description? We have abundant attic space. Thanks for any advice.

I'm new to this forum....a much needed one for me!

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The biggest issue with an attic is temperature/humidity. Is it hot up there in the summer and cold in the winter? Textiles don't do well in traditional attic type spaces. Unless your attic has the same type of heat/cooling as the rest of the house, I wouldn't store them up there.

This is one of those things I would give a home on a very high inconvenient shelf. Top of the linen closet, bedroom closet, etc. Before I would do that, I would try to use them as part of her room decor. Once she no longer plays with them, you might find she keeps them on a special shelf or hanging high. My oldes just turned 23 and he's had his bear on his bed for his entire life. Same with the favorites of the other kids. They want to keep them around.


    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 10:26PM
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We've just always stored them in large black trashbags in the attic, and it does get very hot and very cold. My son is 25 now and the stuffed animals seem good as new. To be absolutely safe, though, you'd probably better listen to Gloria.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2007 at 1:16AM
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The animals my mom kept for me were just in plastic bags or cardboard boxes for about 5 years and don't seem too much worse for the wear. But for all the years before that they were sitting out on display.

How about using a vacuum sealer if you have one? It would keep bugs and humidity at bay in the attic.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 2:17PM
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I had bunches of my daughter's old Beanie Babies stuffed tots. I couldn't find adequate storage for them. Attic too hot in summer, too cold in winter. Basement and garage too damp. Spiders in crawl space and garage. EEEW! So I put them in plastic dry cleaning bags and they are in her bedroom closet. That bedroom is now our guest room, as DD moved out about a year ago. It might be better to donate them to a Day Care Center or other children in your family. Even tho they are a toddler's favorite toy now, she won't remember them by the time she's in high school.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 8:55AM
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Since your daughter is just a toddler, she likely isn't going to remember which were her "favorites" when she was a baby. If YOU have an emotional attachment to them and that's why you're keeping them, think about how many "special things" you're going to have stored away by the time she grows up and leaves home. Now, unbless you plan to have a "museum" of your daughter's childhood in your home, then saving "special" toys can become an albatros around your neck.

It's getting emotional about "stuff" that causes so many of us to suddenly find ourselves drowning in clutter. Think about keeping just ONE of those stuffed animals and donate the rest of them. ONE stuffed animal can be a cute accent in her bedroom decor or might even fit in with the decor in your family room or peeking out behind plants in your kitchen window. Other than that, consider WHY you feel the need to store several no-longer-used toys long-term and unless there's a reason that's more compelling than sentiment, give them away and make room for new, BETTER favorite toys now that she's entering a new life stage.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 1:17PM
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Prestonsnana nailed it. We had so many "favorites". 30-40 years later, they were still hanging around here in youngest DD's vacated room, too special to get rid of. Clean and paint room, cram the most special of the special of those dust covered varmints (racoons, tigers, etc. with their repaired eyes and limbs) under the bed in 1st DD's room.

1stDD is coming home for the holidays with her DH who,OMG, has severe allergies. Goodbye old buddies. Packed them into a couple of big black baggies and tossed them into the garage. They don't seem to be there anymore.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 11:10PM
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I saw on TV once (can't remember what show) where they took cute photos of each of the stuffed toys that the kids were being encouraged to donate/get rid of. They made the photos into a nice little book for the kids to keep and have a memory that didn't take up quite so much space!
Not sure if that would actually make it easier or harder to part with the toys, but worth considering anyways.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 12:15AM
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There is a stuffed animal hammock you can buy at ToysRUs that hangs in the corner of the room, suspended from the ceiling. I used these for years and they work very well.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 9:58PM
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Hilarious, this thread is ancient, but I just hauled out a bag of stuffed animals yesterday and ran it through the dryer to freshen them up. My kids are 16 and 20. The 16-year old remembers most of them and doesn't want to see them go yet; they played with them a lot for a long time.

A cotton horse from my own childhood 53 years ago has what might be a bit of white mold on it, just dust really, but the newer ones which are all synthetic are just fine. I've had bags of them in the attic (hot summer, cold winter) in plastic bags, no real problem. They get aired out every few years.


    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 1:13AM
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I store stuffed animals in a large "Space Bag", you know the kind that has a valve that you attach to your vacuum cleaner and suck out all the air. I usually stick a dryer sheet in there before I suck all the air out, for a fresh scent. When you open the bag, you just shake the animal and it fluffs right back up.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 3:00AM
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I read a long time ago, a woman opened up each stuffed animal and threw away the stuffing. She stored the "skin" (carcass?) only (don't remember how). If the owner wanted to resurrect the animal, new stuffing could be purchased cheaply enough.

They would certainly take up less space that way.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2011 at 4:47PM
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QVC recently had on those large vacumm space bags they got over 13 pillows in one and dozens of gigantic stuffed animals in another and then vacuumed the air out. they were flat afterward and waterproof and moth proof check their webpage. I have one space bg with old party dresses but not thyissame brand Hope it helps

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 6:17PM
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