Ava is very attached to her animals and creates very comfortable worlds for them to live in. What this looks like in our little home: All available windowsills, cardboard boxes, and shelves are desireable real estate and the critters just keep moving in. Now, despite not actually having a well organized house without overwhelming clutter, I really really dream of such clean spaces. It is a dilemma. I want my kids to express themselves fully and the worlds Ava creates are truly awesome, but alas, such clutter makes me a grump. I fight it. I lose. So, like I said, I continue to be confronted with the puzzle to solve and a balance to strike. IKEA shelves have been very helpful, certainly, but here is a sweet little idea that not only provides a home for wayward stuffed animals, but allows Ava's creativity and attention to the sweet little details to shine.
I bought simple wooden shadow boxes at the craft store, and they have become her animal's homes, right there on her bedroom wall. They serve as a sort of doll house that she could rearrange if she wanted (though generally, she doesn't), and are compact/neat/modern/artistic/smart. Windowsills are cleared!