Even a Compulsive Collector Can Be Organized


I began working with a professional organizer yesterday because my life seemed to be teetering on the edge of disarray!   I am really good at making the surface of my home look lovely, but there’s a lot that lies beneath the surface . . .

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You have no idea what all is in those drawers . . .

In preparing for our next appointment, my head is spinning thinking of all my collections and what she is going to challenge me to part with.  Of course, this gets me thinking that I need to be even more mindful and creative in making those collections functional and beautiful, otherwise they may be headed to Goodwill!


I love cake stands and use them for parties and decor, but I recently found a few inspiring images for even more ways to use them creatively.  A cake stand is a perfect fit for this vanity area – it corrals perfumes and pretty bottles with style.

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 Even soaps and detergents look nicer on a small sink-side cake stand:

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I have so many vintage frames and vintage framed art that I don’t always have the wallspace for all of it them.  I LOVE this idea for repurposing a pretty frame as a vanity tray.

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There are waayyyy too many paint cans in my home, what with trying out paints and creating sample boards for clients.  It only makes sense that a Color Consultant should repurpose a few paint cans to use in her office!

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I featured this image a long time ago in this post about stylish storage, but I love it so much that I have to share it again.  Even vintage teacups can be functional if you can think outside the box a little.

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Ok, I’ve got to go and get ready for the next area of my house we will be organizing – my bedroom.  Stay tuned for exciting news about The Decorologist’s expanding services!

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17 thoughts on “Even a Compulsive Collector Can Be Organized

  1. Kelly says:

    Best of luck with the organizing! Maybe you need to move – that always helps me clear out the clutter. 😉 or you can just pretend you’re moving. It’s amazing how motivated you can get when the only option is, “If I keep it, I have to pack it, lug it around, find space on a moving truck for it, unpack it and find a new place for it.” is it worth it?

    Happy Friday, Kristie!

  2. Sheila Zeller says:

    Good for you Kristie! I love the photos you used… think I even re-pinned a couple of them the other day! The teacups are such a great idea, and so pretty… Looking forward to what comes next! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. Kelley says:

    I found that reading Peter Walsh’s book “It’s All Too Much!” really changed my life regarding clutter and collecting things. I’d highly recommend it!

    One of the things he says about collections is that they deserve to be displayed with respect. If your collections are stuffed away in boxes, you should either display them in a way that honors them, or give them away to someone who can.

  4. Patsy Oveton says:

    I love your use of cake stands! I used one once for a staging job — for toiletries in the master bath. I must say I’m not a collector. If I didn’t used it yesterday, it’s out the door. Have fun!

  5. Holly says:

    I get anxiety just thinking about getting our basement organized. I always tell myself that when we move into a larger house it will be easier to stay organized, but I’m not convinced that is the case. Good luck and I’m anxious to hear about your new service. Have a great weekend!

  6. Paula Van Hoogen says:

    OMGosh!Did you ever hit a nerve, Kristie! This has been the bane of my life—getting and/or staying organized. I think it bothers us creative types the most because we love beauty & order so much.
    I have had to pray about it MANY times. I find that cleaning out works best when I am RUTHLESS
    about releasing the unecessary things quickly…..before I get weak to hang on to my “blankie”‘
    if you know what I mean. I admire your transparency in sharing!
    Blessings, & kee

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      thank you for your comment and encouragement, paula! i am a highly productive person and i love beauty and order – but i have never been able to get my arms around this organizing thing, and it has cost me so much in frustration and time! i have committed to myself to get my home and business in order, which for me requires a professional to intervene and to teach me how to maintain a new lifestyle. this is going to be life-changing, and i can’t wait to share it with you all soon 🙂

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