This past year, I’ve come to realize that I like things. What do I mean exactly? Well, there are some houses I walk into that are so extremely minimal I can only dream of getting rid of everything minus a book and potted plant. However, I’m naturally drawn to collections of art on the walls, knick knacks on shelves, vases, candles, and more. If you’re a collector of sorts like me, you might find at times you’re on that thin line between collections and clutter. Here are three organization tips for showing off your pretty things:
1. Organize by Color
To streamline your collection, sort all your items into colors. I like to start with the books on the shelves — consider color coordinating them into a rainbow or ombre pattern. If you have a collection of knick knacks, put them together with a color theme; they don’t all have to be the same color, but if they all have hints of the same color somewhere they can still work together nicely.
2. Organize by Collection
Speaking of themes, when you’re working with an assortment of items, place them in categories. I like to collect salt and pepper shakers, so I keep those together in a cabinet. They are all very different, but the fact that they are the same type of item is enough. Don’t limit yourself to just categorizing by type though — look at similar materials (glass, metal, fabric) and work with those, too.
3. Organize by Size
Unlike organizing by collection and color, organizing by size has a bit more of a variety to it. You can tie together an assortment of items on your table by playing with their sizes and seeing how they function in the space. In cases like this where color and type don’t apply, stand back and look at the space to see where the items should go. You will want to mix things up and have a few taller items, shorter items, rounder, and longer items. Think of this type of organizing as creating a collage where everything has its place and comes together.
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.