Like children, Barbies bring all kinds of stuff with them. There are so many different dolls, clothes, shoes, accessories, places to live, and modes of transportation! What do you do when you child wants their room to be a Barbie wonderland? First off- you set limits. (I never had a Barbie Dreamhouse. I made furniture out of shoe boxes and tissue boxes!) And you give them the tools to be able to keep their things in order. It is hard to play Barbies when you can’t find matching pairs of shoes or Ken’s only shirt.
Dolls– I like to use a large Rubbermaid Bento box that has built in dividers. I put all the Barbies standing upright so you can see them. They look a lot happier this way than dumped in a bin. You could also use an over the door shoe pocket holder to put dolls, but kids can’t reach that high to utilize all the pockets.
Clothes– Another Bento box is perfect for clothes. Put all the dresses in one section, tops in another, etc. If it is too hard to keep them in categories- simply keeping all the clothes together in one bin is better than mixing them with small accessories.
When kids come over to play at our house, they all want to play with Barbies. I like to think it is because they can easily find everything and let their imaginations fly. At the end of playtime, it is clean up time. Watching kids easily put away all the Barbie toys reconfirms that the system works.
Easy to find and easy to maintain!