Friday, January 7, 2011

* Getting Organized: Storing Barbie Doll Clothing

Our Barbie Dolls have a lot of clothes.

Having all of our doll clothes jumbled up in a messy
basket was chaotic and stressful. Sure, cleaning up was easy
but it always messed up our playtime to have to stop 
and hunt for the perfect outfit for whatever plot line was taking place in Barbie Land. 

One never knows when one will need a lab coat, wedding dress, scuba suit, or ball gown!

So, this mama, brought back her 
original doll clothes storage system 
(from my own childhood - 
invented in the mid-80s when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade)
Get ready for it... 
The Barbie Clothes Binder! 

(Note: This was the inspiration behind our big Doll Clothing organization system!)

The clothes are stored in Gallon Ziplock bags
(but I bet you could use those plastic page protectors too!)

Then, I just inserted white copy paper
in each bag so outfits can be displayed on both sides.

I used a hole punch to punch holes in each bag
and put them in big old re-cycled binders from my dad's old office.

All of these photos are of my original Barbie Clothes binder.
My grandmother made most of the clothes in it and my girls LOVE them. 

Barbie just loves her Closet-in-a-Binder system, she can't stop smiling!

If only we could store our Legos and Littlest Pet Shop Critters in a binder too!

Happy Organizing!
pink and green mama, MaryLea

Next up... Don't toss those old Calendars yet --
I've got some fun 
New Year Calendar ReCycle Crafts 
coming up for you!


Jaimee said...

Your organization makes me want to stand up and shout "Hip hip hooRAY!" Good work!

I have three boys, so there are no doll clothes here, but tiny parts of action figures, Bionicles, and Legos are about to drive me batty! Tackling our toyroom is on my to-do list for 2011.

Jess said...

What a GREAT idea! My DD is 3 and not into Barbies just yet, but when we are I will have to remember this!!!

Sallie said...

Hey babe! Another way that I bet you could organize Barbie shoes and smaller toys is in one of those earring organizers- the ones with the clear pockets that hang on a door. Someone help me out here. Do they have a name?

Itsy Bitsy Learners said...

LOL I thought you were joking when you mentioned about barbie clothes at the end of the other post!!

I wish I had 5 minutes to organize like this .. but you give me something to aim for!!

Phyl said...

OH, MaryLea, this post has made me so jealous/nostalgic! I'm 58 years old, and owned the original Barbie in her black & white striped bathing suit. Grandma hand crocheted and knitted exquisite clothing for my Barbies, and my Dad donated his old ties to be cut into sheaths and evening gowns, which I embellished. But somewhere along the way (perhaps when I was in college), my mother "disappeared" them all, along with my cast brass horse collection, and my brothers' Lionel trains. Absolutely hearbreaking. Mom, I know you are resting in peace for many years now, and I will always miss you and love you, but DID YOU NEED TO TAKE MY BARBIES and their MAGNIFICENT CLOTHING??

Thanks MaryLea for bringing back the old memories...

tango said...

Very very clever! I love the simplicity and the economy. The only reason this might work in our household is that Barbie, Polly, the Princesses and the Fairies are all nudists. ;-) Once the clothes got organized, my daughters probably would never dig them out again!!

PS: I'm envious of the Grandma-made clothes. My own grandma used to make doll clothes when I was little. I wish I still had them.

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

That is absolutely brilliant!

Thanks for sharing that :)

Shauna said...

What an awesome idea! My little ones have Barbie clothes spilling out of every corner and although we have neat tidy containers to keep them in, they are always dumping them upside down to find the "perfect outfit". This organizational tip is on the top of my to do list for the weekend. Thanks for the great idea.

booturtle said...

I need to do something with my daugther's Barbie clothes desperately. Can I ask all these many months later if the system works still? Does your daughter return the clothes to the binder pages?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ BooTurtle--

The 8 year old returns the clothing to the binders.
The 4 year old does not. I have a bin of random clothing that is easier for them to dig through with the favorite outfits. "Specialty" clothing like costumes, uniforms, and wedding dresses/ball gowns, fancy stuff sewn by great grandma are still in the binder.

Hope this helps!


Amanda said...

I love that I can google any question I need answered and always find the perfect answer. I need something to store my daughter's barbie clothes in, and all the storage cases/closets look like complete junk for way too much money. I'm obsessed with binders and page protectors, and the thought never would have crossed my mind to do a clothes storage binder. So freaking perfect!!!!! Thank you!

Julie said...

Brill ideas:)

Which punch did you use to punch holes in the bags? I find that most don't seem to punch through plastic.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Julie, When I made the Barbie Clothing binder, I used ziplock bags and my super old (from the 70s) metal single hole punch. I think the plastic on the bags was thinner then, most of the holes were punched in the binder bags when I was a girl in the 80s!


JoAnna said...

This is brilliant! Thank you.

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