This article was inspired by my fourth house move in the last four years. I've got it down to a science now, because no matter where I live, I have to have my dolls near me. Hopefully you won't have to move as frequently as we do, but it's a good idea to have a plan when you do. So here are some tips, from my own experience, that have worked well for me.
1. Save the Boxes!
Most of my dolls arrived in one, and sometimes two, boxes. Whether they were purchased from Amazon, a doll company, or Ebay, if they were shipped to you they came in at least one box. But even if you buy you dolls from your local doll shop, they usually come in a box. Save them, they are the best containers to transport dolls in.
2. Bubble wrap is my friend.
Bubble wrap is the greatest invention since kissing for protecting dolls that don't have a box. Some of my smallest dolls never did have a box of their own, or the box is long lost. Bubble wrap around the doll and cushioning between the dolls is a wonderful way to protect and package tiny dolls.
3. I like Chux.
Nurses in the USA will recognize the name, but for those of you who don't, Chux pads are disposable incontinent pads that are placed under a person in bed. I'm here to tell you that they are a great packing material for your dolls for two reasons. Because they are intended for use with patients, they come out of the package sterile, in other words, very clean. But they are soft, they have absorbent material inside, so they help protect your porcelain dolls from bumps and dirt. They are also a great size to be able to wrap dolls in or crumple around a fragile doll. They are a doll packers best friend!
I wouldn't wish frequent moves on anyone, but if you have to move your dolls, I hope these tips make it a little easier.
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