In Part 1 of Organizing the Doll and Action Figure Room, I gave the room size and that the room would be shared with pets, one cat and three turtles (contained). In Part 2, I will start with my resources because they will help me form my action plan and describe the results. There are two books and one web source.
The books are Don Aslett's Clutter's Last Stand and Julie Morgenstern's Organizing from the Inside Out.
The web source is some pages titled "Strategies for Organizing Your Doll Collection" by Denise Van Patten of CollectDolls.About.com. That web page is found here:
Don Aslett's statement that a collection should be used or lost reminds me that collections deserve to displayed and appreciated. As my collection has grown, I have seen less and less of the individual pieces that thrilled me when I first discovered them. I miss knowing where items are and setting them up.
Julie Morgenstern's system calls for these acts: analyze, strategize, and attack. What's the current situation and why do I want to organize my collection? What do I need to do next and when do I do those things? And finally, I execute the plan and share the results.
Denise Van Patten's articles provide hobby specific organizing tasks including display tips and storage tips for overflow dolls and action figures.
The storage units I have now, the collection size, and additional steps will be posted under the Organizing the Doll and Action Figure Collection header.