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Do you have collections? Since I was a little girl, I’ve always LOVED collecting things. I had my dolls, my miniatures, my tea sets, and more. But once I grew up I began to feel guilty for wanting to collect things.
With the rise of the minimalist movement, Marie Kondo, and the Home Edit, it felt like having a collection was the opposite of being tidy and organized. So I went through phases of my life where I decluttered and purged and got rid of lots of things that I later regretted.
Now, I’ve come full circle. I still like to declutter and edit my home, but I’m here to tell you that having collections is perfectly okay! In fact, it’s not only OK but I’ve found it one of my favorite ways to add quirky charm and personality to my home.
Collecting is a way to celebrate the things that bring you joy and make you happy. No matter what you love, your collection is a reflection of your personality and interests. It’s like wearing your heart on your sleeve, except it’s on your bookshelf or display case!
And let’s not forget about the sentimental value of collecting. A collection of family heirlooms, souvenirs from travels, or even a set of photographs can be a tangible reminder of cherished memories and moments. They serve as a way to honor your past and your family history, and bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to your home.
So how do you have collections throughout your home, but keep it feeling intentional and organized? Well, it’s all in how you display it. I know it can be tempting to scatter your collected things throughout your home, but trust me – grouping them all together in one display creates a bigger impact and makes it a true focal point of the room.
So to get your gears turning, here are a few examples of favorite collections inside my own home.
1) MY MINIATURE COLLECTION
These are teeny tiny things I’ve collected over the years and are displayed in an old printer’s tray.
To help it feel fresh and updated I spray-painted the printer’s tray white and added scrapbook paper to the back of each square.
2) RUFFLE BOWLS
Ruffle bowls are easy to find at antique stores all over the country. I like to line them up on my dining room table or display them together amongst books of a bookshelf.
3) RAINBOW GLASS
I love collecting all types of vintage glass. If you group similar colors of glass together, they make a huge impact. Or you can arrange them in rainbow order like I did here on the top of our piano.
4) GRANDMA ETHEL’S TEACUPS
Still one of my most cherished collections since many of these teacups belonged to my Grandma Ethel who died before I was born.
They are displayed inside my office and remind me of the legacy of great women that came before me.
5) BOOKS, BOOKS, AND MORE BOOKS!
You really can never have too many books in my humble opinion 🙂 I like to buy hardcover books, take off the book jackets and group them by color.
These books are on a bookshelf nook on our stairs and they make me smile each time I walk by.
So, whether you’re just starting your collection or have been collecting for years, know that it’s okay to have one! Don’t let the minimalist movement or the pressure to be organized make you feel guilty about your love for collecting. Embrace your unique style and let your personality shine through your home. Your collections are a source of joy and happiness, and that’s something to be proud of!
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YESSSS!!! I love this Tessie. I love to thoughtfully curate what stays. My favorite things to collect are books, military coins, handmade pottery, Christmas ornaments, art, and deck prisms. They all make me so happy !
Yes to collecting! I’m thrilled to hear your collections bring you such JOY!
Love your cute photos. Like you I love my collections.Though the years of miltiary moves I definitely regret not keeping some things. When the spark joy declutter movement started, all my collections spark joy!
Thanks Linda! I’ve swung both ways as well, but I do love my collections ❤️
When we moved across the country, I tossed many things I loved. One of me thought we are starting a new chapter. Another part of me wanted to offload weight only to realize later that the cost of moving went down the heavier our container got. So I feel so sad about many things, but it’s time to move away from regret.
Anya, I’ve definitely been there before! It’s always a give and take with what to get rid of and what to keep, but you can definitely let go of that regret and look forward with a fresh slate ❤️