The West Australian: Collection Vs Clutter

 In In the Media, The West Australian

In this issue of Habitat, Brooke Evans-Butler looks at the difference between a collection and mere clutter.

“The popularity of Marie Kondo’s clutter-clearing cult highlights the division between a curated collection and a collection of junk.  It may seem difficult to tell the two apart.

Difference between a collection and clutter

But Sara Hall co-director of Finer Details Concierge and Organiser Services, has a simple way to determine the difference.  “”Collections are an intentionally collected group of objects that hold significant monetary or sentimental value, “” she explains.

“” Clutter on the hand is miscellaneous items that are uncategorised and spread randomly throught your living or working space.””

Once you have determined the collection from the clutter, it is important to keep it dust-free and stylish.

Organising a collection

Ms Hall says deciding on the space you want to allocate to your collection is the initial step, so it doesn’t start to encroach on your living space.

“”Taking into consideration if it needs specific conditions (away from heat, dust and sun, for example) and do you want to access the collection to use or is it for display only, “” she says.  “”If your collection is making you feel overwhelmed than it has become clutter.””

“”A glass cabinet is the most obvious ensuring items can be viewed but are protected, “” adds Heather Gibson co-director from Finer Details Concierge and Organiser Services.  “”If your collection is of smaller items, think of incorporating it into a usable piece of furniture like a table – have the collection underneath a glass table top so you can enjoy it often.””

Ms Gibson says getting something purpose-built for your collection is an option – but she recommends something portable so you can take it with you if you move.

Clutter Challenges

Heather Gibson from Finer Details Concierge and Organiser Services shares some common clutter challenges:

Sometimes an “accidental” collection is started from a simple remark about liking an object.

Having a conversation with loved ones to let them know you don’t want any more is often difficult but necessary to get you out of having to display unwanted items.

Children’s belongings that they have outgrown, including school work, is another area many parents struggle with, thinking they must keep it all for the child when they grow up – many adults don’t want  to store the physical memories from their youth: the result is unwanted clutter.

And finally paperwork – not knowing what to keep and what to toss is a huge challenge for many.”

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