Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Going into storage

We are packing up our real house ready to put it on the market, so all of the dollshouses are going into self-storage at Easter including the Willowcrest.  It's all packed up and ready.

Here is an excerpt from my main blog explaining how I packed my dollshouses:

"I'm packing the dollshouse stuff the same way I did last time we moved.  I tend to stick things into my houses anyway, either permanently, or temporarily using tacky wax, so there aren't many loose things.  Life is too short to take everything out and wrap it individually.  So what I do is wad up tissue paper and carefully place it into each room, filling the nooks and crannies until the entire room is held lightly in place with tissue paper.  If there is something heavier that lacks support, for example a doll, then I will wrap it individually and place it back into the room. For big rooms, once I've covered everything with tissue paper, I might fill in interior voids with crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap.  Once all the voids are filled, I either seal the opening with cling film in the case of a room box or 1:48 house, or in the case of a bigger house, wrap it in bubble wrap then lightly hold that on by wrapping parcel tape around the bubble wrap.  So that nothing can shift or fall out as it is a sealed environment.  Eventually, when I unpack, I will unpack on a low table placed in the centre of a bedsheet on the carpet, and I will carefully open out each piece of packing material to check that nothing small is embedded in it.  Last time very few things came loose, and I was able to spot them in the packing material.  Worst case scenario, they fall onto the bedsheet where they can easily be spotted."

The Willowcrest is too big to go into a box, so I've just bubblewrapped the heck out of it and we will carry it carefully.  It will probably have to lie on its back in the car, which is going to test the packing arrangements, but I know it's all safely sealed up so even if something does come loose, it shouldn't fall out or get lost.

This blog was already in hibernation, but it will stay that way now for a year or so until we are in our new home.  Hopefully I will have a dollshouse display area and a place to work on my minis.

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