The first step is admitting you have a problem...
The second step is organizing it! Yes. I'm fully aware I have a problem. For a long time I was on that earlier step of addiction where I was in complete denial of my hoarding habits. But now I've accepted it, embraced it, and I'm ready to come up with a solution. I'm not exactly collecting completely random things. There's a method to this madness. I love finding objects that:
a. tell a story
b. have character or texture, and
c. photograph beautifully.
I used to be more utilitarian about my choices, only purchasing items that had a functional use [I will ALWAYS find a use for jars and will never have enough!]. But as I begin doing more styling and photography work, I'm finding that sometimes there's a need for objects that are just interesting, and have ZERO functionality or use [take my collection of tiny brass figures...yeah].
I've been working on giving away or selling things that don't fit my a,b,c's of styling objects. Despite my most noble of efforts, I still have quite a surplus, and since I do like to keep a house with clean lines and not too much clutter, I need to find a way to store all my lovely little things.
I'm on the hunt for an awesome cubby. Cubby is just one of those words I LOVE. I think it harkens back to my tiny tot years, where having your own special cubby at school was just the best. I loved having a little spot to put my lunchbox, colored pencils and other adorable things. Pretty much every antique store I go to has a cubby cabinet I covet, but can't afford. I'm holding out for a piece of furniture with character, something that I'd love to have as a focal point in my home, but isn't going to break the bank. So for now, I have all my lovely things tucked away in bits and pieces all over the house, but one day I'll have one of these babies to show off my curatorial/hoarding habit.