The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Miniature Collection

Do you have a miniature collection that’s starting to get out of hand? Are you tired of digging through boxes to find the perfect piece for your display? Have you found yourself wasting precious time searching for a mini you know you have but just can’t locate? Or have you ever ended up with duplicates by accident? If you can relate to any of those frustrations, it’s probably time to organize your collection!

Organizing your miniature collection doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little planning and effort, you can create a system that works for you and keeps your miniatures safe and easy to find.

A photo of a miniature organizer full of miniatures. The organizer is made of clear plastic, and it has several compartments of different sizes. The miniatures are arranged in a variety of poses and settings, and they are all very detailed. The organizer is a great way to store and display your miniature collection.

Here are a few tips for organizing your miniature collection:

Start by sorting your miniatures by type.

This will help you to see what you have and make it easier to find what you’re looking for. You can sort your miniatures by theme or category, scale, artist, or any other criteria that makes sense to you. I like to sort by holidays and seasons, for starters.

While you’re sorting, this is a great opportunity to create an inventory to track your collectible miniatures and their values. When your collection reaches a certain size, this is invaluable for insurance purposes.

I created a quick spreadsheet to help you start your inventory – you can get a copy of the .CSV file by clicking here.

Once you’ve sorted your miniatures, it’s time to find a storage solution.

There are a variety of storage options available, so you can choose one that fits your needs and budget. Some popular options include:

Storage Boxes

Storage boxes are a great option for storing miniatures. They come in a variety of sizes and materials, so you can find one that fits your needs.

  • Some of my favorites are actually hardware/parts storage units like the Akro-Mils 44 Drawer Plastic Parts Storage, as they’re perfect for minis!
  • I also like to use bead organizers for jewelry makers. Just make sure you get the kind where the divider goes all the way to the top so your miniatures don’t shift or spill into other dividers when moving the organizer. Some come with fixed dividers, but others have adjustable dividers (like this 36 Compartment Bead Storage Container) so you can make larger compartments as needed.
  • For storing larger pieces like dollhouse furniture, you can’t go wrong with plastic shoe boxes since they stack really well. I like these clear IRIS Plastic Storage Container Bins so you can see everything inside.

Display Cases

Display cases are a great way to show off your miniatures. They come in a variety of styles, so you can find one that matches your décor. Glass enclosed cases are the best choice to keep as much dust as possible off your collection (not to mention curious cats or nosy dogs).

I’m fortunate enough to have a built-in case in my studio, and my husband outfitted it with LED lights so that you can see every detail!

A miniature display case filled with a variety of miniature figures and objects. The case is made of wood and glass, and it is illuminated from within. The miniatures are arranged in a variety of poses and settings, and they are all very detailed. The display case is a beautiful and unique way to display your miniature collection.

Wall-Mounted Shelves

Wall-mounted shelves are a great way to save space. They’re also a great way to display your miniatures, as they’re easy to see and access. As these are generally open air, I would avoid putting your most valuable items on these shelves to protect them from accidental damage, dust and UV exposure.

No matter what storage solution you choose, make sure to label everything.

This will help you to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily. My Brother P-Touch Label Maker is a life saver in this regard! There are fancier versions of label makers out there, but this simple battery-operated one is inexpensive and has worked for me for years now.

A photo of clear plastic organizers full of miniatures.

Once your miniatures are stored, take some time to display them.

This is a great way to show off your collection and add some personality to your home. There are a variety of ways to display miniatures, so get creative!

By following these tips, you can easily organize your miniature collection and keep it looking its best. So what are you waiting for? For me, it’s a continuous work in progress, but I’m on my way to a fully organized collection!

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Spring at Magnolia Hollow

As you may remember, last fall I shared the grand opening of Magnolia Hollow! Today, I’m excited to show you what springtime at the shop looks like! I selected a soft yet sophisticated pastel palette to inspire the decor, and you’ll find spring motifs like flowers, rabbits and eggs throughout.

Many of the items in Magnolia Hollow are spring versions of the fall products (i.e. new candle and soap scents, plus spring-themed napkin rings, signs and greeting cards, etc.), but I added some new pieces for the season, as you’ll soon see below.

Let’s check it out!

Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

One of my new products for spring are these adorable shopping totes! I made them using the method in my tutorial here.

Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

I also really like all the beaded wood trays that are on trend right now, so I decided to make mini versions!

Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

Since spring is so often associated with gardening, I thought it was only right to include some outdoor decor, as well! So I created some “stone” rabbit decorations for the garden, along with a wellies planter full of daffodils.

Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

I incorporated needle felting (another one of my hobbies) by making some little wool felted carrots for decorations! I love how they turned out.

Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

My favorite addition for spring, by far, is this display of seasonal-inspired aprons and matching oven mitts, pot holders and rolling pins. I used two wooden shutters connected with a hinge to make the stand. And now I’m absolutely obsessed with these matching kitchen accessories!

Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Handmade miniature home decor shop called Magnolia Hollow by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

I hope you enjoyed this journey into Magnolia Hollow for spring! Stay tuned for the summer collection, coming soon!

Resources

The Bathroom

Much like my farmhouse-inspired laundry room, this bathroom roombox started with a Pinterest board and a vision of a neutral, soothing space to relax and unwind. I began work on this over a year ago, and it sat unfinished save for a few details. Sometimes, when inspiration isn’t coming, I walk away from a project for a while before going back to it with a new sense of direction. That’s definitely what happened here, and I’m so glad I finally got around to finishing it!

I made most of the details myself, but I have a list of other resources at the bottom of the post if you are looking for certain supplies.

Let’s take a tour, shall we?

A farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
The vanity in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
The bathtub in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A kitty sleeping by the tub in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A bathroom shelf in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A relaxing bath tub in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A fluffy white robe in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A jar of cotton balls in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A gel eye mask in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Sleeping kitty in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Jars of bath beads in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A modern shower stall in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
The toilet in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A vanity and makeup mirror in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A shelf with a candle and perfume bottles in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
The shower in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A drawer full of personal care items in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
The sink and toothbrushes in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A curling iron and brush in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A jar of Q-Tips in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A wall shelf with a scrub brush in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Contact lenses and glasses in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A hairdryer in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A drawer full of personal care products in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Fuzzy white slippers in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A ceramic hair straightener in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A bathroom scale in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
Mouthwash, floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.
A double vanity in a farmhouse-inspired dollhouse miniature bathroom roombox created by artisan Erika Pitera of The Petite Provisions Co.

Sources for other special items I didn’t make myself:

  • Bath wall sign, Dove bottle and shower pouf – GeniesMiniHouseShop
  • Silver lantern – IslandTradingCo
  • Napping kitty – JMDS Miniatures
  • Bathtub and faucet – DabbleDibs
  • Vanity mirror – Melvin’s Miniatures
  • Countertop mirror – MyMiniatureEmporium
  • Hand soap set – Shepherd Miniatures
  • Shower stall kit – 3StarStudioArts
  • Roombox kit – ScaledRealmMinis
  • Floor tile pattern – ChloeMiniHome
  • Shower wall and floor tile patterns – JessicaCloeMinis

I hope you enjoyed this look inside my little farmhouse bathroom roombox!

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