About a year ago (YUP), I made an updated "dollroom" video, but never got around to editing it or posting it. Recently, I was going through my files and found it so decided to post it to my YouTube channel.
Here's the "Before" video if you are interesting in seeing what our "dollroom" used to look like, haha!
(And here is the post I made here on the blog). You all made such great suggestions on how to better organize this space and I really appreciated that!
The great news is that I deboxed pretty much everything I had! That was a good thing as it was turning into a little bit of a doll hoarding situation!
But as you will see in the video, we have basically just made it into a playroom for the girls since having a doll room just for me felt like I was selfishly taking up a large space that could be better utilized as a playroom for the girls as they kept getting into my stuff anyway! ;)
Here are a few quick photos of it in a "semi-clean" state. I will take better photos if I get it cleaned up and organized a little better one of these days. :)
Don't mind the wallpaper in the hallway as we are redoing that this summer!
I have some of my stuff still in the playroom (like a few boxed Barbies and my Limited Edition Disney dolls, but pretty much my entire collection of dolls (American Girl, Disney, Monster High, Ever After High, Barbie and miscellanous) are all safely tucked away in bins so they don't get too trashed from little hands. :)
Since I took this video, Pumpkin Pie (my now 9 year old!) doesn't really play in here anymore, which is sad (she's a tech geek and has told me that she doesn't really like dolls anymore)! It's still ok, though as Little Button (now 6) loves this room and plays in here almost daily. I can't believe how quickly the girls are growing up!!
I remember when I couldn't keep her away from my dolls. She especially loved Monster High back in the day.
Sometimes I will catch older daughter playing Barbies with her sister, and that always makes me so happy. I deliberately monitor "screen time" with them so it forces them to play like they should!
I know I have complained in the past about how it's hard to collect dolls when you have children that want to play with your collection, but in my heart, I know that my 6 year old will probably grow out of dolls soon as well and then it will feel a little lonely to just have this collection by myself!
Part of the joy in having a collection I guess was actually sharing it with my daughters. We used to have so much fun going "doll-hunting" and seeing what was new in the toy isle.
Even though I let them play with almost all of my collection and a lot got "very played with", I definitely am thankful that I did.
I guess time will tell, though when they do grow out of dolls and it might just be a big relief to actually have a space to just have my own collection down the road! ;)
Have any of you started your doll collections when your children were younger or you had kids in your lives that wanted to play with everything?
Have you always loved dolls all along since childhood or did you take a break when you were teens/younger adults?
I think I have just always loved dolls. I loved Barbie/Disney into my early teens and although I stopped playing with and collecting them, when I got my first apartment in my early 20s, I discovered eBay and bought a few of my old 80s toys back to keep on my dresser.
Then I had kids in my early 30s and the love of dolls was rekindled and the rest is history!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the video.
See you in the next post! :)