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Home is Where Your Heart is…And Your “Stuff” Too!

As a practicing Interior Designer for 30+ years I have had the opportunity to work with people that are minimalists by nature, and coupled with their spare aesthetic they are also incredibly tidy with the items they do possess. On the other end of the spectrum are the folks that have lots of “stuff”…big stuff, little stuff, stuff with monetary value and stuff without, stuff they NEED and stuff they want and, as we all know and perhaps explained best by the late George Carlin, some people really need their stuff.

George Carlin Talks About “Stuff”

So what’s a designer to do? Wikipedia defines interior design as a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an “effective setting for the range of human activities” that are to take place there.

Well, I certainly get that, but for those clients that have a huge amount of stuff being able to create an interior design for them that has the appropriate amount of display and storage space can be a challenge in and of itself, even if we forget about the “range of human activities” that is in competition for the same space!

Do you have a lot of stuff? Want help?

Here are three quick tips that can help you to deal with your stuff (collectibles or not):
  • Before you store something, think about if you really need it. By storing something it often means that you rarely use it and if it is rarely used then maybe it’s something that you just don’t need to hold onto. Sure there may be an emotional attachment, but those items should be kept to a minimum. If you don’t use your stuff and/or it isn’t on display, then why do you have it anyway?
  • Are you replacing things without getting rid of what you have? Make a rule that for every new thing that you purchase you will get rid of something. Acquiring new without disposing of something old is a recipe for winding up with too much stuff.
  • Make certain to display your important collection/s in a manner that shows the items off to their best advantage. Be imaginative with your space and careful to not clutter the environment thereby minimizing the effect and impact of your collection.

So take a look around. Are your collections being displayed to their best advantage or is there simply too much “stuff” in the way? Need some ideas on how to showcase your collectibles? Contact me and I’d be glad to help.