This month I’m going to share my real-life packing experiences with you all as I pack the dolls for the journey to the new house.
Naomi helped me with the first job, removing all the costume dolls from the very top shelf. She climbed up my stepladder with a bucket which she filled with dolls and passed to me to put on a flat surface before moving on to the next section. I think she did about four trips up the ladder to get them all. After that, I asked her to lift the wooden shelf off and pass it to me. I will be taking the shelves and brackets with me in case we need to use them at the new house.
First Gather Your Supplies
My friend Gillian sent me two huge packages of bubble wrap that she had spotted on a Facebook giveaway site and this will be used for wrapping the dolls for transport. I had packing boxes already donated by friends and with a roll of packaging tape, scissors and a marker pen. Naomi brought me some extra tape, more bubble wrap, packing beans and shredded paper as well as two packages of “Fragile” stickers. I was ready to go.
I decided to pack up the costume dolls first to get them out of the way. One or two fragile ones I put aside to go in a special box. I wrapped each doll in bubble wrap, sometimes two together but I didn’t tape the wrap. I had read of a packing technique known as nesting and this is what I did with a lot of the smallest items. The smallest dolls I packed into small boxes which then went into the larger box. Larger dolls were then added on top and the top of the box had a layer of air fill cushioning as well. I was able to fit a few larger vinyl dolls into the box as well.
I packed the little accessories that usually sit in the Tammy House into drawers in the wooden cabinet before wrapping the cabinet in bubble wrap and placing it in a box with the rest of the furniture which then went into the packing crate.
Box 2 I packed with the vintage Barbies. I decided not to wrap every individual doll because I don’t have enough bubble wrap. Instead, I layered air-fill cushioning between each row of dolls. I did use a heck of a lot of bubble wrap but I felt better safe than sorry. We will, of course, save it and reuse it when Naomi moves her things and then it will probably be offered to someone else who needs it.
Here are the first few filled boxes ready to go.
Here are some photos I took while I was wrapping the more fragile dolls. First I wrapped their heads in bubble wrap. I also wrapped the hands and legs on some of them. In some cases, I used tissue paper instead of bubble wrap. After that, I wrapped the whole doll.
Another thing you can do is to use things like pillows, cushions and towels to pad the dolls. I did this in my last move as I didn’t have so much bubble wrap (or so many dolls) Some of the big girls have been packed in old suitcases and I wrapped them in towels, a good way to pack two things at once. After placing the dolls I filled the gaps with packing beans to protect them if they move around.
Finally after packing everything I could I removed the shelves to take with me. A friend came over to help me with a couple of stubborn screws. It has been a massive exercise and took much longer than I expected so my final advice is to do what Naomi suggested to me and pack the dolls first along with other fragile and precious items. Give yourself plenty of time to get it done and take breaks when you need to.
I will do a post on setting up the new doll room but before we do that I think we are going to paint it and organise our storage units first so it may not happen until after Christmas. Naomi will be bringing her other dolls and teddies and we hope to have them all together in a big downstairs bedroom.
I feel for you, my goodness! So much work. I hope it will all seem well worth it in the end when everything is set up. Wishing you all the best with the move and looking forward to seeing the unpacking!
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I remember doing this twenty years ago, with very few compared to what I have now. We have done several moves for family since, and even having a truck it is Hard work! With settling the estates of both my in-laws it has slowed down my own time/space. I’m so glad as sisters you all can be together and then divide and conquer these task. So very excited for this new adventure/chapter for you! God bless!
If a doll has open/close eyes, they need to be FACE DOWN or the eyes will sink back into their head. If the eyes don’t close, it doesn’t matter. Just a reminder. A doll with open/close eyes can be stood up, sit up, or be packed FACE DOWN ALWAYS. Once the eyes sink, it’s really hard to fix them.
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I hope all your dolls and other things arrived without damage. It sounds like you did an excellent job of packing them all so well. Looking forward to seeing how you arrange them all in the new house. A very good tip also from Marilyn about storing sleepy eyed dolls face down. My Little Miss Vogue is the only doll I have with sleep eyes, currently she is stored standing up, but it is good to know how to store her if I had to lay her down.
Yes, I’m glad Marilyn mentioned that. I had forgotten to mention it. I did close the eyes on all my sleep eyed dolls before packing them.
Good to know as I did have one come to me damaged and has since lost an eye somewhere. Right now I’m dressing her as a Pirate but As I have a lot of the little dolls w/sleep eyes and even my Shirley’s..Great idea.
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Just catching up on your Dec. posts. Thanks for all the great tips!
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Look out for January’s in the New Year, as soon as we think of what to write.