I finally got to put together one of my Green Dollhouses by Plan Toys. I love that new dollhouse smell. Ha ha! The rooms are small in the structure and so I plan to link two together to make one large home to decorate. I also plan to set them up as two separate structures so that it looks like a planned development or green home community.
I have recently acquired more miniatures and I am really hoping to get some time soon to set up some scenes. However, I need to crack open the boxes of all the packed away dollhouse inventory and put them in their proper places so that I can work...or do I mean 'play'?
I get a lot of emails asking about how I organize my miniatures and the short answer is "not very well." The IKEA Varde unit is my friend and I always have to have another closet to stack totes of all the dollhouse stuff that I don't utilize as often or contain pieces that I simply collect. Here is a sample of some of the stuff that needs to go in the Varde unit.
I keep small items like decorations, art, food, figures and other accessories in rolling carts that I tuck in corners or in a closet that I've laid claim to. I also keep the mini figures that I collect in totes. Here's one cart full of the figures I use most often for this blog sans the Goose Grease peg dolls which have their own storage case.
I used to keep an inventory list with prices and dates indicating when items were acquired but now I just pack like items in with each other. There's a few totes full of Bodo Hennig; some with Kaleidoscope House items; some with PRD; etc., etc. Here is the sea of totes among everything else that needs to be organized. These totes hold some items that I put in the Varde, but mostly they all get stacked in the closet and shuffled through periodically.
I hope to someday hire a carpenter to build custom cabinetry that extends around the room. That way I could put houses on the top of the built-in and store miniature items in pull out drawers underneath--then everything would be in its place. Honestly, I could use that right now--that whole "everything in its place" scenario. I better return to unpacking. Sigh.