I think cuddly toys are ruining my life!!

(40 Posts)
4littleones Tue 24-Jun-14 12:06:53

seriously the bloody things take over . They are so annoying. hard to store, totally useless yet the kids get so attached to them.

I have 2 girls sharing a room and it's not a big space. They have very little floor space and a lot of it is taken up by washing baskets of soft toys. This means they don't have enough space to play. I regularly De clutter them and get rid of any that are a bit crap or that I know the kids won't notice if they dissappear.
but it's really not solving the problem.

unless I get rid of nearly all of them, I can't see it ever ending sad

am I alone?

Shedding Tue 24-Jun-14 12:14:02

No! I let the girls go into a lovely charity shop in a village we visited a few months ago with £2 each and the 1 rule - no cuddly toys. We left with a giant pink unicorn, lifesize upsy daisy and a scotty dog, they are master negociators! Ours live on 2 long lack shelves with regualr black bags stored in the garage and if not missed, to the chairyt shop (where the whole cycle begins again with some other poor sod I imagine). I once saw see through pouffes that you stuff with them, might be an idea?

4littleones Tue 24-Jun-14 12:18:13

what's a see through pouffe?

I basically am nesting and have an overwhelming urge to get rid of the lot before they come home from school. but I know that's really wrong and will result in extremely unhappy children

LumpySpacedPrincess Tue 24-Jun-14 12:18:59

I feel your pain. Dd loves them so much though. I'm getting some of the vacuum bags from amazon that you store duvets in then suck all the air out to compress them.

SavoyCabbage Tue 24-Jun-14 12:19:28

I'm loving the thought of the life size upsy daisy!

4littleones Tue 24-Jun-14 12:22:58

yes the vacuum bags maybe a good idea. although I wonder what's the point in still owning them if they can't access them?

Germgirl Tue 24-Jun-14 12:25:45

Could you get one of those 'hammock' things for the wall or between shelves? At least that would keep them off the floor but they'd still be accessible.

Shnickyshnackers Tue 24-Jun-14 12:26:30

the see through pouffe has had me in hysterics. i dont know why!!!

Germgirl Tue 24-Jun-14 12:26:54
feetheart Tue 24-Jun-14 12:29:56

'One in one out' rule in this house now though thankfully DD is now 11 and hasn't brought anything in for a while, just need to work on DS(8)

Shedding Tue 24-Jun-14 13:17:18

Like a footstool made of clear plastic, looks inflatable but instead of air you use toys!

everydayaschoolday Tue 24-Jun-14 14:57:47

save your sanity and try one of these from Ikea.

www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/70115578/

And strictly apply the one-in one-out rule, no adding to the collection!!

LumpySpacedPrincess Tue 24-Jun-14 15:02:51

We have the ikea thing and the corner hammock. <weeps>

The vacuum bags are for the toys on the outer circle. Halfway house to the charity shop.

everydayaschoolday Tue 24-Jun-14 15:09:53

oh my lumpy. You are storage-tastic! Good luck with the halfway house plan lol smile

Hamuketsu Tue 24-Jun-14 15:10:38

Christ, we have hampers full of the feckers. Never played with now they're older, but can we get shot of them? Can we buggery. I actually think our "window" for getting rid has passed now that they're older. They don't want them in their own rooms, but woe betide us if we tried to reclaim some of the space in our loft.

I actually tried it a couple of days ago - found a cuddly shark confused whilst up in the loft and decided that he, at least, might go to the charity shop. The mistake I made was giving him a quick sponge down and leaving him in a sunny patch to dry his fur before putting him in the bag. 15 year old greeted him with a cry of joy and petted him all evening. Last time I saw him he was in her bed.

iPaddy Tue 24-Jun-14 15:45:50

I have one of these

www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60282520/#/80275887

on it's side with eight baskets.

Baskets are labelled:

- Wild animals (includes unicorns)
- Dogs, cats and rabbits
- Farm animals
- Bears
- Dolls
- Blankets
- Cushions & pillows
- Dolls clothes and accessories

It makes it easier to find the exact toy that will only do at bed time rather than wading through 1000s. smile

Orangeanddemons Tue 24-Jun-14 15:53:09

I find midnight culls are the most effective....even then they still get discoveredconfused

LumpySpacedPrincess Tue 24-Jun-14 15:56:47

Wild animals (includes unicorns) grin

soupmaker Tue 24-Jun-14 15:59:30

I bloody hate the feckers. We have literally 100s who live on DD1's bed. It takes about half an hour to strip and remake her bed - drives me crazy. I've managed a small cull, in the depths of night and with them going straight out the door, but even then I was wailed at. How she knew any were missing was beyond me.

AugustRose Tue 24-Jun-14 16:18:40

I hate them too. We have hundreds (4 kids and we still have some from DS1 who is 17) in pop up baskets, toy sacks, storage boxes all over the house. I made them choose about 20 to pass on a few months ago but I will have to do it again - or when they are not here. Whenever there is a school trip why do they always have to spend their money on cuddly toys.

iPaddy Tue 24-Jun-14 19:09:09

Lumpy she has 3 and still yearns for more grin

JimmyCorkhill Tue 24-Jun-14 19:14:45

Just stuff a beanbag (the large kind you sit on) with them. Then they are stored away and you get a comfy seat too.
Ta Da!

LumpySpacedPrincess Tue 24-Jun-14 19:26:42

We have the whole of the corner hammock thingy filled with unicorns.

Then there are The Favourites, that's the inner circle of elite cuddlies who jostle for power. Número uno favourite at the mo is a crow called Sven.

Then they are subdivided by type / interest. Build a bear, Moshi, My Little Pony (or M. L. P. )...

Finally they make there way into the bottom of the cupboard, then the higher cupboard, then the loft.

Deverethemuzzler Tue 24-Jun-14 19:35:35

I hate them.
I use DS's severe eczema as an excuse not to allow them.

They harbour dust mites.

Even if no one in my house had allergies of any kind I wouldn't have them.

People buy them for other people's kids. They like them because they look cute (specially the Ikea ones) but they don't want to have them in their own houses. hmm

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