Monday, December 15, 2014

Waiting for Grace: Storage Solutions for Isabelle

As the year closes and we wait for the new GOTY 2015 girl we are taking stock of how best to keep and store the current GOTY 2014 Isabelle's massive Mix & Match wardrobe and smaller accessories. 

Annika, one of my two Isabelle poppet twins, has graciously volunteered to give a tour of her miniature tower of drawers which is capable of holding all of her Mix & Match clothing and a few extras.  

The tower is comprised of three Sterilite Small Multi-Purpose Drawers stacked on top of each other (each unit has three drawers for a total of nine drawers pictured). The stackable drawer units are very inexpensive and portable. Additionally, because the units have drawers rather than a lid construction, access to the contents inside is extremely easy and makes for very fun play.

Did I mention inexpensive? Our local store has them in stock for $4.99 each, but I have also picked them up when on sale for a mere $2.99 each.

Isabelle's Mix & Match items and additional outfits fit wonderfully inside the drawers. For example, in the first unit the drawers contain (top to bottom)

* Isabelle's Performance Set (black unitard, tutu, and accessories)
* Isabelle's Legwarmers Set (2 sets)
* Scrunch Pants, Funky Leggings, Practice Top

The next unit contains

*Isabelle's Accessories and her Meet shoes 
*Shoes, tights and belt from her Metallic Dress
*Sparkly Skort and her pink-tipped Hair Exentions

The final unit pictured contains

*Isabelle's Tutu (fits like a dream!)
*Purple Leotard and Rosette Leotard (plenty of room for the sequined Dance Skirt!)
*Coral Sweater and Wrap Sweater

So just three units can hold all of her Mix & Match items plus some of the accessories! 

I will probably add one more unit to hold some her remaining outfits, such as her Pajama Set and her Black Jacket. Please note that there have been several reports of the dye from Isabelle's Black Jacket rubbing off on the doll's vinyl, so for storage purposes, hang separately or place in its own drawer!

But the Sterilite units only address one side of the storage issue--what can be done with all of the tiny American Girl boxes that remain? Thankfully, I found that most of the boxes can be folded down and they fit perfectly in Isabelle's original doll box. 

All the tiny Mix & Match boxes fit perfectly! I love the sense of order and the little boxes will be readily available if ever wanted or needed.

But wait, there's more! Should we need more storage, Isabelle's Dance Case is surprisingly empty and could easily store an outfit or several accessories.

Annika keeps her ballet shoes in her dance case as well as her water bottle from her Dance Barre and there is still oodles of room remaining.

We haven't decided what else to store in here, but sometimes it is nice to have a little bit of breathing room. I have not done a full review of this case, but in brief, I absolutely love the case but it was quite pricy for what it contained.

Annika thanks you for your kind attention and hopes this tour through her storage solutions has been helpful!

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