Trash vs Treasure 

layering, organization, planning, styling, Uncategorized

I admire minimalists. I do. To have that superpower must be amazing. It is not something I have ever possessed.

Here’s my confession: I like stuff.

I am a collector, a curator if you want to make it sound classier. A hoarder if you aren’t feeling so charitable. I find comfort in having the familiar around me. And my familiar happens to be more than most. As a young girl, I collected rocks and anything to do with cats. As an adult, I still have these collections…and then you when add in artwork, my grandmother’s tea sets,  oh so many books and whatever else catches my eye, you have a lot more boxes to unpack after moving.  This doesn’t even account for the fact that my husband is also a major collector. He has comic books galore; he owns statues and figures and sports memorabilia out to wazoo.  Everyone has their “thing.” The key comes in figuring out how best to display the items that you’re passionate about.

This tendency to collect is something I have and will continue to struggle to accept about myself. It’s not a bad trait, but sometimes I get so caught up in how much stuff I have that I forget the joy of certain pieces and the reasons I fell in love in the first place (usually when I need to dust, if I’m fully honest). Collecting is all well and good. A well-displayed collection can be a focal point and conversation piece in any space. It can add interest, bring joy (or horror depending on the collection) and just plain look cool… if it’s well edited.

This month I’ve tried to focus on how to display my collections in a way that brings us happiness every day. My husband’s collections are more extensive than mine and one of our biggest challenges as we blended our belongings was finding ways to organize and display all our stuff in a cohesive way. Honestly I think this will be a lifelong puzzle.

Here are some ideas that we’ve fallen in love with:

The options for displaying collections  seem endless because there are just so many different paths you could take. You really can go many directions. The biggest thing to remember is to you make sure to enjoy the process. Drop a comment telling me what you like to collect and why… let’s compare tips!

 

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2 thoughts on “Trash vs Treasure 

  1. Mollie, you sound like me exactly. When small, my mother accused me of collecting all the little kittens, puppies, turtles, crabs, baby rabbits, etc. when I walked down our town roads. I said, “They followed me”. But,I fell in love with books, jigsaw puzzles, magic tricks and drew a lot of pictures in the sand at our little beach. I begged Mom for the drycleaner”s paper cover to draw on. Drew on blackboards at school. Painted designs on turtles backs and let them go. Dad collected clay for modeling. He was quite the artist. I cherished salt/pepper sets, carved wood figurines, pens, bird houses and figurines. Just a few of treasures. I’ve ran out of walls for my paintings. Even thought of buying a small she’d to be my space. So, it”s a big problem and after all these years ,,??,manage to display them okay. I love any thing nautical.

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