3 Tips to Achieving a Decluttered Look Without Giving Up Collecting

We all know the big buzz word for 2012 is decluttering. Everyone is talking about cleaning out, living with less, downsizing and getting organized. The fact is though most people still love to collect (myself included). So the big question is, how can you continue to collect (or even keep your existing collections) and achieve that decluttered look at the same time?

#1. Display one collection at a time.  Multiple collections all displayed at the same time will add both visual as well as physical clutter and not give your home that “living with less” feeling you are trying to achieve. Try rotating your collections and showcasing only one at a time. Maybe your basket collection can take center stage in the Summer then pack it away and highlight your collection of colorful vases in the Winter. This way your collections will always seem fresh and you will keep the clutter to a minimum.

 

 

#2. Keep your collections contained. Another way to live with your collections and still achieve that decluttered look is to keep your collection in a designated cabinet. The cabinet below houses a collection of pottery, books and globes yet the room doesn’t look or feel cluttered at all.

 

Better Homes and Garden

 

 

#3. Use your collections as wall art. Declutter by getting your collections off the table surfaces and on to the wall as art. There is no rule that art work has to be flat and if your collection is colorful all the better.

 

This collection of baskets add texture as well as color in this entrance.

 

 

What a fun idea for a tween or teen to use their colorful  hand bag collection as art.

 

This colorful Anime collection seems almost sophisticated when installed along the entire wall in this dining room.

 

 

Lastly, if you are lucky enough to be renovating or building what a great idea to actually build a display wall for your collections. Just think how much fun it would be to swap out collections on a seasonal basis;  Coral in the Summer, Nutcrackers at Christmas, a collection of Red items around Valentine’s Day, Pumpkins in the Fall… so many possibilities!

 

 

So how about you…Are you a collector who wants that declutterd look and feel in 2012? I know I am.

 

5 Responses to 3 Tips to Achieving a Decluttered Look Without Giving Up Collecting
  1. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    great post – grouping collections rather than scattering them about is always the best choice. love that image with the handbags on the wall!

  2. Your House Gal (Katherine Waters-Clark) Reply

    EXCELLENT article and GREAT ideas that I will pass on to clients!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Katherine!.

  3. Kelly Reply

    Love the globes! And I have always loved that photo of the pocketbooks. So cool. Great post!

  4. Sheila @SZInteriors Reply

    What a great article, Linda! Collections are so hard because of that whole emotional attachment piece. But you have provided very concrete ways to have both! I love the photos you selected to illustrate each idea. Awesome!

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