Blythe On A Budget: Organization and Storage Tips

Written on January 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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Besides weight loss, smoking cessation and the goal of not eating out as much, one of the common resolutions that people make for the new year is to be more organized. I am no exception when it comes to that one because I do want to become more organized and be able to find things a little easier. One of the areas that I wanted to organize a bit more were my doll things – the dolls themselves, clothes, shoes and accessories. Now the shoes were fairly well organized to begin with, I use plastic boxes that have built-in partitions to keep the pairs of shoes grouped together so it’s already easy for me to find full pairs at a glance.


I buy my plastic boxes at a chain craft store – you can find similar ones at different shops (hardware shops, dollar stores, other craft stores). I always wait for a sale though, unless you’re in a hurry you can always wait for a sale. I believe I got these at 50% off, so they came to under $1.50 before tax.

The clothes for my dolls typically live in two plastic drawer sets. Each drawer holds different things, and to keep things even more organized, I keep clothing sets and clothes made by the same designer in plastic bags. I picked up drawer sets at a hardware store and resealable plastic bags at a dollar store. Keeping like-items in bags makes it easier for me to dig through the copious amounts of doll dresses and it makes it easier when I get the urge to dress a bunch of girls in clothes by the same designer.


I want to further organize things. I have a small collection of eyechips that haven’t been given to a particular doll yet, and customizing items for the small pangs I get towards the notion of attempting to customize a doll. Plus I really want to start building up a wardrobe for my solo Middie, so I plan to get another box (not a full set of drawers…) for Middie items! Because I really don’t want to mix in Middie things with full-sized Blythe items.

A lot of people keep things a little bit more organized than me – I’ve seen those gorgeous shelves with dresses on real 1:6 sized hangers hanging on rods like a closet. That’s a little too organized for me, I’d much rather just be able to grab and go when it comes to dressing the dolls that I have.

My best tips: get boxes, or drawers, organize items with other like-items, remember where they are kept and always, always remember to put them back where they belong as not doing so it the best way to mess up the system.

4 Responses to “Blythe On A Budget: Organization and Storage Tips”

  1. Katie AKA @kultofkulta

    I use sandwich bags for my clothes too and sort them by designer.I find cause you can compress all the air out of the bag that they stay in shape/not wrinkled.

    In Japan at the 100 yen shops you can buy a toolbox that is the perfect size for a Blythe carrier. I found a Japanese shop in Australia and bought about 10 so when I need to bring a Blythe somewhere I have an awesome case for $3! Not sure if you have these shops in your country but it is worth a look.

    • Michelle AKA @blythelifecom

      There is a similar shop near where I live, but I’ve taken a Blythe in and none of their containers worked (if only her noggin wasn’t so big!). I do use boxes from there for storage of other things though.

  2. K. Aka SmittenKitten AKA @MaidenCanada

    I have these two multi drawer cabinets on wheels and each drawer has different designers or stock. I also keep props and barbie clothes in those drawers. My shoes are in mini dresser drawers from a dollar store and boots are in divided drawer organizers I stand up like bookshelves. I find craft stores and dollar stores have the best variety of containers. In the uk I bought a plastic frame with tiny boxes and I have seen it at a big box store. I have that in my doll haus in their laundry room for buttons and little stock pieces. My last thing is a makeup train case I got last New Years for 80% off…it was full of make up which I took out and put all my wigs, bows, elastics and brushes.
    I love storage and seeing different options for storing all these little bits and bobs.

  3. SonjeB says:

    Oh, to have enough goodies to necessitate the use of file cabinets, etc. I bought my dolls for the express purpose of sewing for them as a hobby. They each have their own wardrobe tailored to their own tastes and personalities, so I bought them each a decorative, cardboard trunk. Small plastic footlockers hold their shoes and small accessories inside.

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