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What is the “ideal” storage method?
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:15:47 PM »
Spring is here (well, not in Michigan, but I digress...), and it’s time again to take on the insurmountable task of organizing my collection. XP

I’ve been storing my undisplayed dolls in cardboard boxes, with layers of bubble wrap for safety. This makes accessing my collection pretty difficult; the boxes are flimsy, hard to stack, and it’s a hassle to dig through them all to find a doll I’m looking for.

I’m looking to trade up, and I’ve been debating my options... What would be the best/safest/most convenient storage containers for my “doll archives”? I’ve seen people use canvas totes, plastic drawers, and the like... I like the idea of plastic, stackable bins, but I’ve heard that it’s bad to store dolls/figures in bags or boxes that can’t “breathe” (something about trapped moisture, molding, and/or rubber deterioration?).

I’m willing to invest some cash in a nice storage solution, but I’m just not sure which way to go. What should I do?
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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 12:37:50 AM »
Plastic bins can be used but there needs to be some ventilation (they can't be air-tight) because if moisture gets trapped in the bins, mold can develop. Cardboard isn't a great option if the dolls are in direct contact with it because depending on your cardboard (how it was made, where it comes from, etc), there could be chemicals so you need to wrap your dolls in acid-free tissue paper if you use cardboard (which is also why some never unboxed dolls still get damaged, because most cardboards aren't a safe long-term option).

The biggest thing, especially with MH dolls, is that you shouldn't store them touching each other, because they can transfer colours, so there should always be a protective layer between each doll (I have a Catrine who was stored with a Lorna before I bought it, leading to colour transfer on her white skin). I don't have enough dolls to need storage yet but I think a good solution could be those fabric clothing drawers/storage case that you can slide under your bed or whatever. I was looking at some on IKEA and they have screen vents in the corners to allow air circulation and they're designed to protect clothing from dust so it would definitely work for dolls. Plus, it keeps the dolls away from direct lighting that could damage them too.

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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 10:46:43 AM »
I don't know about ideal, but my favorite way to store dolls is inside plastic bread bags.  You can buy packs at Walmart or in bulk on Amazon.  They're very cheap and the size of a loaf of bread, so plenty long enough for the doll.  The bag is lightweight, so it doesn't add bulk to the doll or take up a lot of room; and it fully protects them from rubbing against other dolls or the inside of the box that I store them in (which is just a plain, but very large, cardboard shipping box).

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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2018, 12:44:23 PM »
Thanks for the ideas, guys! I’m definitely going to get some of those bread bags—that would make storage a lot easier. I wasn’t really aware of the color transfer issue... I just tried not to let the boxed-up dolls “chafe” against each other, for fear of paint scratches. :x I hope I stored them safely enough...

My main issue is... well... the sheer BULK of my collection. I really need a way to store everything so that it’s space-friendly but also accessible. Right now, with the cardboard boxes, it’s a pain to stack and unstack them, find what I’m looking for, etc. I’m considering something like these or these, but I don’t want to run into any unforseen pitfalls. ^_^; My current organization system (and I use that term loosely, lol) is just a mess, and something’s gotta give. :(
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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2018, 01:13:59 PM »
I’m considering something like these or these, but I don’t want to run into any unforseen pitfalls. ^_^;

I've never used those canvas storage bins, so I can't comment on them (though they do look very nice); but I have some of those plastic drawers that I currently use for storing accessories and doll clothing, and have formerly used for storing dolls and action figures.  I've never had any problems with moisture or mold—and I live in a very humid climate.  They're not airtight enough for moisture to get trapped in there.  And because the drawers are clear plastic, they won't transfer dyes to your dolls.  So the only thing that you would have to be careful of would be your dolls touching one another, and the bread bags will solve that.

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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2018, 03:56:43 PM »
I’m considering something like these or these, but I don’t want to run into any unforseen pitfalls. ^_^;

I've never used those canvas storage bins, so I can't comment on them (though they do look very nice); but I have some of those plastic drawers that I currently use for storing accessories and doll clothing, and have formerly used for storing dolls and action figures.  I've never had any problems with moisture or mold—and I live in a very humid climate.  They're not airtight enough for moisture to get trapped in there.  And because the drawers are clear plastic, they won't transfer dyes to your dolls.  So the only thing that you would have to be careful of would be your dolls touching one another, and the bread bags will solve that.

I second the idea of storage drawers (specifically the stack-able ones, since they take up less floor space). I currently use them to store my dolls, and so far it's worked out great. And if you want to get super organized, you can buy multiple drawers and store the dolls by type, line, and/or character.

I don't individually bag my dolls, but after reading this thread, I think I should start doing that! I never realized that dyes could transfer onto the dolls. I guess that's where my Ghouls' Getaway Spectra got the unexplained black mark on her head... :|
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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2018, 03:41:20 PM »
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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018, 11:55:41 PM »
I wrap each of mine in white tissue paper, tape a label to the outside, and store them upright in big plastic totes. I keep a record of what's where on a little spreadsheet that gets updated on a weekly basis.

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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2018, 12:44:54 PM »
I use the large plastic drawers myself. I just recently reorganized and my personal collection of dolls I have on stands standing in a large bin. I may need to look into the bread bags now that I am hearing about transfers. Where would I find those at Walmart?
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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2018, 03:50:55 PM »
The ideal way to store your dolls is at my house. I promise I'll give them back  :whistle:

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Re: What is the “ideal” storage method?
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2018, 04:27:31 PM »
Alright, so I ordered a ton of bread bags, and they’re making cleaning and organization a DREAM. :D I wish I’d known about them years ago!

Now I’m just trying to decide on the best drawers or bins. :/ I’m having apprehensions about canvas, because I’ve had canvas drawers literally disintegrate on me in the past. On the other hand, plastic gets expensive fast, and I need a LOT of bins. Is there a good place to buy them online at a decent price?

The ideal way to store your dolls is at my house. I promise I'll give them back  :whistle:

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