Tonight I wanted to share a tour of my messy and unorganized doll room. I am putting this out there because I need to get this done, and by posting this, it will give me more motivation!
I started "officially" collecting dolls in the summer of 2014, right before we moved to the farm and in those (almost) 3 years of collecting, I have accumulated quite a mass of dolls!
I have gone through some periods of feeling overwhelmed and really questioned why I am spending so much money on dolls when I don't even have time to enjoy them.
To date, the biggest collections I have are Barbie, Monster High, Ever After High, Disney, Hearts for Hearts and American Girl. I also have some odds and ends like Shoppies, Care Bears and vintage 80s toys.
In the 3 years of collecting, I have to admit that although a lot of dolls are coming in the door, not a lot have left the house and I feel like if I don't do some major organizing, I'm going to go crazy.
In a perfect world, I would love to have all of my dolls organized in beautiful shelves or doll rooms.
I would love to have a big American Girl "dollhouse" to keep my larger scale dolls in, similar to the AG doll rooms from Hannah's blog Never Grow Up. I love the idea of displaying a collection to show off other miniatures. Double bonus!
I would love to have my MH and EAH displayed in crafted room boxes organized by each character, similar to one of my favorite You Tubers Superbuddies Forever.
I would love to build dioramas for my Barbies and have the collectors ones displayed nicely on a shelf.
Before I do that, though, I really need to get down to the basics.
I have NEVER really been good at organizing and I don't have a good "spacial eye" to create a vision of how I want something to look. It's just not my strongest skill. :(
Despite that, I need to spend some time really organizing and storing things in a better way.
My goal is to open all of the un-opened dolls that are hanging out in closets and take some time to think about what I want to keep and what I want to give away.
I also want to get everyone cleaned up and in proper outfits again.
I want to have an easy access storage system for clothes, shoes and accessories.
I want to create an inventory so I can remember what I have while it's still fresh in my mind as to where I got certain dolls and how much I paid for it. (I've already been sort of doing this, luckily!)
My biggest challenge that I perceive with all of this is that my girls love to play with my dolls. Plain and simple. They love my Barbies, they love the MH/EAH, they love the AG, etc. They have their own dolls, but mine appeal to them more because they think they are "special" and off limits.
This is part of the reason I have so many that are still in their boxes (because I don't want them to get ruined!)
The really special ones, I will keep in boxes and high up on the shelves, but the majority of my collection are play-line dolls and are meant to be played with so I struggle with the "Mommy guilt."
I know it's ok to say no, but some days I enjoy breaking them out and all of us playing together.
Other days I'm like "don't touch my dolls!" Haha.
I guess I need to figure out which dolls they can play with and which dolls are a no-no and maybe store the "play" dolls in bins for now (because what's the point of making them all fancy again when they are just going to get messy again, lol).
I want to feel good about my collection when I walk into this room. :)
So without further ado, here is my messy doll room as it really is and I hope you will have some good tips for me!
Since I shot this video a few weeks ago, we have gotten rid of the couch that is in there, so there is a lot more room now. I have decided I want to paint the room to brighten it up, so I'm thinking either a white, off white or light blue at the moment.
I also think I want to get rid of that large crafting table (I can take it apart and store it elsewhere for the time being).
As I go through and clean up each group of dolls, I was thinking I'd make a quick "collection" video so you can see what I have so far!
What about you guys? How do you store your dolls? Do you have them in bins or out on display? Do any of you struggle with having little ones that want to play with everything?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)
Until next time...happy hoarding! (I mean collecting!) ;)