Barbies’ New Dream House

Little Cutie loves her Barbies.

She can retreat to her bedroom and play with them for hours on end and I often walk in to something like this:

{which always looks a tad too Barbie’s Jonestown for my liking}

But storage for the Barbies has always been a bit of a challenge.  This has only increased now that Big Cutie has outgrown her Barbies and passed them down and we are in the Japan apartment, and The Cuties each store their toys in their bedrooms as we are without a separate playroom.  Up until now, Little Cutie has had a large bin on her bookcase and an even larger rolling bin that sits in the corner of her bedroom.

In addition to taking up precious space, the real problem with this system is that every time Little Cutie is searching for a specific Barbie {and she can, of course, keep them all separate in her mind ~ how do kids do that?!!!}, she has to essentially dump out the big container.

While putting away some of our suitcases, I came across an over-the-door canvas shoe rack that had been shoved in a closet since we unpacked our sea shipment.  For some reason the movers only packed one of the hooks for over the door, so I wrote it off as useless.  However, inspiration struck today when it occurred to me that hanging it over the door would be way too high in this apartment, and dug up some 3M command hooks, and hung it on the back of Little Cutie’s door.

And voila!  Just like everyone else in Tokyo, Barbie now lives in a high-rise apartment!

This worked perfectly for all of her dolls and we were able to put all of the additional clothing and accessories into the smaller bin back on her bookshelf and eliminate the larger floor container completely!

She’s now able to see all of the Barbies at a glance and easily grab the ones she wants without the “great floor dump.”  It also seems more entertaining to clean them up, so clearly that’s a good thing!

And for those of you with Eagle Eyes, I just want to point out what a completely selfless mother I am.  Did you catch that I gave up MY collectible Lilly Pulitzer Mother & Child Barbies years ago to The Cuties?  OK, they’re not really mine, but were bought so we could play together.  But in the interest of full disclosure, when the Barbies are done for, I’m keeping those two on my desk.

Especially since they look just like me and Little Cutie! ;-)

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3 Responses to Barbies’ New Dream House

  1. Cheryl says:

    Ohhhhh what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. teresa says:

    Just love this idea. Great for grandma house, we have a special closet just for the kids stuff, games, color pencils and toys.

  3. Bridget says:

    Thank you so much for this idea! We’d outgrown the Barbie bin so I ordered a cute pink shoe organizer and now our Barbies are much more accessible!

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