“I can’t believe there are so many” came the plaintive cry from my client.

We were dealing with her collection of owls - at least 300 of them! They were everywhere - on bookshelves and countertops, in the bathroom and kitchen and outdoors, some packed away in cupboards and others hidden behind stuff. I had rounded them all up and displayed them on the dining room table, so that decisions could be made on what to keep and what to let go.

Published in Organizing
Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:25

When Collections Become Clutter

The All Sorted team recently packed up for a client who had lived in her home for 35 years. Lots of treasures, but also lots and lots of stuff. And every single surface (and I mean EVERY surface!) had at least one frog. Ceramic frogs, glass frogs, pottery frogs, wooden frogs, paper mache frogs, all kinds of frogs…they were everywhere!

I chatted to her about her collection and how it came about. It turns out she had never meant to collect frogs at all. Her first frog was a glass ornament that she liked. A while later she bought another frog, a friend bought her a frog, and then it snowballed from there. Friends and family bought her frogs for special occasions and so the collection grew. Over the years she acquired nearly 300 frogs!

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