Collections: - are displayed proudly! You WANT to show off those finds!
Clutter: JUNK drawers, space taken up without order; piles and stacks.
-Have an element of organization! Visually appealing with intended structure.
Clutter: too many of a good thing; no purpose, or organization.
-Have function! Collections are part of the design in your decor. They fit.
Clutter: no plan, no structure, no function.
-Have consistency and sameness! Once you cross over the line of “one is not like the other” then you are headed toward the overage zone.
Clutter: happens when you have too many items that aren’t part of any original collection.
-Have a theme! There is commonality. Color, size, origin, design, purpose, function. A thread of cohesion in the collection.
Clutter: nothing really matches, no point of real reference.
-Have timeless appeal! You will want to continue collecting. It brings you joy in the time, money and effort that you invest.
Clutter: gets old and overwhelming pretty quickly. You’ll want to purge even if you don’t know where or how to start.
-Tell a story! A reflection of you. A place you have visited or lived. A thing that you love, a hobby that you enjoy.
Clutter: grocery receipts, athletic bags, outdated coupons, unopened mail, unread magazines--- all tell a story of a busy active life but do not reflect anything about your true self.
-Have personal meaning! The items reflect you. A interest that you or your family has invested in personally.
Clutter: no meaning, just lots more of the same, nothing distinct or special.
Check back next time as I discuss the process of filtering out those collections and keeping them from becoming clutter!