Decisions, Decisions

Hello fellow doll loving friends!  It’s been a busy two weeks around here, but it’s all a good kind of busy.  I took Laney for her follow up check up to see if all of the medications did what they were supposed to.  She got the all clear, yay!  I was so glad to hear that, I really didn’t want to put her through surgery if we didn’t have to.  I also got together with Xyra from Tea Time With Melody Q which is always fun.  Stay tuned for a post from that get together.

A healthy dog, yay!!!

The biggest thing for me was some serious cleaning around here, primarily my office/craft room and the spare bedroom which has turned into the “doll room”.  It was a wreck and needed both deep cleaning and serious organization.  Over the summer Aldi had metal shelving units for sale, so I picked those up.  I just needed some help in moving a piece of furniture out of the room and getting everything rearranged and in order.  My niece is trying to earn some extra cash for her move to Florida at the end of the year, so I hired her to help me with part of this task.  By the time she was done, everything was in place for “Operation Doll Organization” to get into full swing.  It was a lot of work, but I am super pleased with how far things have come along, but in the process I was faced with some truths about my collection.  Ugh.

The simple fact is I have way too much stuff.  Even with all of this organization, it still takes up a good bit of space, and in all honesty, there isn’t room for anything more.  I decided that I am going to limit myself considerably in any purchases I make in the near future.  For me, my dolls and accessories have never been so much about the size of my collection, but more a case of buying it because I truly like it and/or have an idea for a story to use it in.  Now I have to add to that only buying things that aren’t repeats of what I already have and genuinely have enough use for it as well as space to store it. That said, it does have some ramifications for the blog.  It’s a bit hard to do product reviews when you aren’t buying anything!

I also realized that I don’t need anymore doll sets/backdrops.  In addition to the doll house I have a pop-up bathroom, Louisa’s room, the coffee shop/bakery, The Lighthouse, the unfinished hotel room and another one I haven’t even shared yet!  All of this takes up a good bit of space, even with the backdrops folding up.  I am planning on utilizing several of these sets a few more times and then I may sell off the contents.  It would free up some space, plus allow me to create new sets in the future without feeling completely overwhelmed about where to store everything.  Several weeks ago I did a poll to see if my readers would be interested in purchasing some of the extras and there seemed to be enough people who were curious about what I’d be getting rid of.  Stay tuned, you may have an opportunity to pick up some good deals straight off the pages of Say Hello To My Little Friends!

How does all of this affect the blog?  As I mentioned before, there will be fewer product reviews.  I’m also going to cut back on the number of posts I do in a month.  I’ve tried to keep it at two posts a week, but I don’t know that I’ll have enough to keep it at that.  It also doesn’t help that I’m suffering from a bit of blogging burn out.  So I’m going to try and do a post a week and see how that goes.  I know of many blogs who only post once a week (or even less) and it works well.  This doesn’t mean that I won’t post more often sometimes as events happening in the doll world sometimes create a need for more posts.  I’m just going to make it a goal to post at least once a week.

Book group will continue as planned, I have no intentions of changing that at the moment.

After I was done getting everything organized, I realized the dollhouse needed some serious cleaning and de-cluttering.  Kit’s room was so dusty, not sure why it is so much worse than the rest, but it was in dire need!  Overall, the house had too many unnecessary things sitting around, making it difficult to use as well as clean.  I have to say that it looks so much better now.  I made a few changes in a couple of the rooms too–wanna see???

The kitchen was just way too crowded, so I took out the baking table and did some rearranging plus added garbage/recycle bins.  I like this set up much better now.

The living room has frustrated me since the very beginning.  As I was cleaning, I went to move the sofa–and it fell apart!!  I was going to try and fix it, but the more I thought about it, I decided not to bother.  It so seldom gets used and took up way too much room.  By removing it from the set up, I was able to move the keyboard in to the room.  I also took out the boat shaped bookshelves and replaced them with ones I picked up in the spring while we were traveling.  I like it much better this way.  I still may eventually build a new sofa, but that’s on the backburner.  I definitely need to get some wall art for in here though.

Cassandra’s bedroom is the only room I left cluttered, and the majority of the clutter is her Minion collection so it’s not a big deal.  That isn’t going anywhere!!!! I also had these cool puffy Minions (they are supposed to be tub toys) that I picked up quite a while ago, and after much thought, decided they would be fun wall decor.  I stuck them to the wall using Sticky Tack, hoping they will stay up that way.  I think it looks cute!

Kit’s room and the room that Alya and Shivan share didn’t change at all other than some of the clutter was removed.  The same could be said about Marie-Grace and Rebecca’s room, but they had several new additions to their room.  The aquarium and the hamster!!!  Chum is very happy in his new surroundings.  The girls are having fun with him…except when he runs on the wheel in the middle of the night.  I had to explain to them that most members of the rodent family are nocturnal animals and he really couldn’t be trained to change.  They are getting used to it.  (Just like I had to!)

That’s the update for today.  Stay tuned for future developments!  I’m still here, just not as often.  I’m not ready to quit blogging by any means, just need to find a better way to fit it (and my collection) into my day to day life.



16 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions

  1. Looking good, both Laney and the dollhouse!
    I love that doll-sized file cabinet.
    I hear you on managing the collection. This may be an AG-less Christmas, because I don’t think any more stuff would be a blessing.

    • Thanks! The doll-sized file cabinet is actually a Rolodex type thing, Barbie Girl found it for me. It is probably one of my favorite non-doll things in the house.

      My AG wish list is very small at the moment. I have Maryellen’s 50’s outfit coming from the sale this past week so that marks one thing off. I really do want to do a Create Your Own doll eventually, but I’m waiting until inventory levels seem more stable. Other than that, nothing is really saying “buy me”, so it makes it a bit easier. I will be curious to see what is available for the Cyber Monday sale and some of the other promotions they do, but it’s going to have to be a real bargain for me to jump.

  2. I feel your pain. I’m looking forward to that Christmas morning feeling when I finally get to unpack my dollings again. I suspect I will be reducing to a few themes myself. We moved a giant box just full of flattened doll boxes. Eek.

    • Organizing everything has really been an eye opener for me. And I’ve rediscovered a few things I forgot about! I’ve decided it’s time to make the best use of what I have as opposed to buying much new.

    • Thanks! It may eventually come to that, but I’m not quite to that point. It is hard though, I don’t think some people realize how much time it takes for some posts.

  3. Aww Laney is so adorable! So glad that she is back to her old self! I hear ya on the organization dilemma. These dolls are not small, and their stuff seems to just take over every inch of the house! We don’t even buy that much authentic AG, but our crafty projects are the culprit.

    We recently had a bit of a leak in our basement, so I’ve taken all the dolls upstairs. I am currently putting together a system to hang the dolls on the wall instead to keep them up off of the floor just in case.

    I have one large item hidden away for Christmas, but other than that, we aren’t going to be making any more major doll purchases. I’ve just been sewing like crazy mainly. I find that doll clothes are pretty rewarding to make, and they are also easy to store. They just go into the storage buckets.

    As for blogging, I’ve got a ton of Christmas sewing left to do, and I am trying to wrap up my final novel, so I’ve been slacking on the blog lately. It will be way better come the new year I think, but I am toying with the idea of setting up a doll clothing shop online, so the sewing might not slow down any. LOL! 🙂

    Glad that you are getting organized! I keep looking at my sewing room, and dreaming about someday being able to actually sew in there. For now it seems to be the catchall for everything doll related. LOL!

    ginnie /

    • Oh no to a leak, and worse yet, in the doll area!!! My dolls are always posed in the doll house, but I also don’t have to worry about rising waters. I hope you can come up with a good system, I’ll be anxious to see it.

      Now that the weather is cooler, I’m hoping to get back to sewing. I have a couple of things I want to make, plus the poor hotel project has been on the back burner far too long.

  4. SO glad Laney is OK. Such a sweet pupper.
    I like all the doll house changes. I agree the Minion collection should stay as it is. It’s so cute! I have been having the same issues in my doll room – too much doll stuff. It is so hard to decide what I ‘need’ I seem to need it all. SIGH

    • Thanks, we are so glad she recovered. She’s like her old sassy self again!

      De=cluttering made me really get serious about some of the organization and it helped me tremendously. I’m not going to get rid of a ton of stuff, but there are definitely a few things that can go. Better plan is just to not buy too much more, particularly larger pieces or anything else for the kitchen. They have more kitchen gadgets than I do!!!

  5. I’m so glad to hear that your dog is doing well! Good for you for taking the time to organize and weed through your stuff. I agree that it can get overwhelming, but you seem to have a good handle on it at this point! I also hear you about the “blog burnout”. I took the month of October off and it’s definitely fun to come back to actually wanting to write something. I love all of your rooms, but especially Cassandras. Who is her favorite Minion? Mine is Bob, of course. 😉

    • Cassandra is a big fan of Stuart, although she loves them all. We both like Stuart’s sassy attitude. And he plays guitar! Bob though, how could anyone not love Bob. He’s such a sweetheart. Cassandra’s room is probably my favorite of all of them too, and before I swapped out the bed from a box, her room had the least number of actual AG pieces!

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