Week 1 – How To Declutter Stuffed Animals
Shoot. I forgot to make sure you were near someone with a defibrillator before I sprung that one on you!
I’m telling you… Stuffed animals are NOT easy for some people to declutter. My daughter only has one left, but my son won’t let any go.
Stuffed animals are like pictures. You remember who gave them to you, when, why, how you felt, how the stuffed animal smells. I get it.
If you’re not ready, you’re not ready.
A few weeks ago, I was organizing a child’s room and our first task was to deal with the hundreds of stuffed animals.
Step #1 Are there any you know you can get rid of?
I always start any organization session with this question. First, it tells me where on the decluttering spectrum they are and gives me a feel for how gentle or quick I can be.
None. She didn’t want to keep them all, but there weren’t any saying “declutter me!” Hmmm.
Step #2 Group like with like.
We had a little stuffed animal sorting party and put all the bears in one pile, dolphins in another, etc.
Now, are there any bears within the 6 bears in this pile you can let go of? Still reluctance.
This is SO common!!
Here’s why… The bears hold memories. So, I had her start sharing memories… This bear, that giraffe. Some were BIG memories and some were smaller.
Step #3 Save the memory, declutter the object.
What if we took a picture of the bear and you wrote the story with the picture?
BINGO!!! She was SO excited. Our animal sorting party turned into a photo shoot and 70% of the animals were donated.
Step #4 Don’t PUSH it.
I knew my client NEEDED to and WANTED to declutter the animals. My son isn’t ready.
I have really come to respect the decluttering process. Luckily, I still have my own clothes, negatives, paint, paper, craft supplies, decorations, cookware, makeup, jewelry, etc. to declutter.
If your kids aren’t ready, focus on YOU and don’t worry.
OR do what some of my clients do and pitch it anyway. You are the mom, you do know best.
Step #5 Take the LONG view.
My kids each have a white stuffed bear from their birth moms. Those they will have forever.
If you pitch the stuffed animal now, will your child want it in the future?
You know I LOVE organizing kids’ rooms with kids. They really are ready to give up some of their stuff, but they are overwhelmed with the task just like we are. And, they are looking for ways to keep the memories without the object, just like we are.
Oh, one other stuffed animal decluttering tip… PAY THEM!! Oh yeah, baby! Offer a quarter an animal and watch your bag fill up! It is SO worth it to be rid of those dust mite infested homes!
What “stuffed animals” do you have in your life? Are there items that you have a hard time decluttering?