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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): I Collect Things

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Collect Things

We've talked about clutter before in the past. We all have it to some degree. One thing we haven't talked about is collecting stuff...the stuff you like to display. If you have more than three of something, you've got a collection. Find out how to showcase your collection and make it look like it belongs...right where it is.

Wrong way to display a collection:

  • Scattered throughout the house
  • Your collection is overflowing its space and taking over other areas
  • Your shelf, cabinet or table is sagging with the weight of your stuff

Right way to display your collection:

  • Grouped together by some theme (rather than scattered all over)
  • If you have too much stuff in your collection, rotate the items (it's always nice to pull out an item you haven't seen in awhile; you can enjoy it all over again)
  • For flat items, consider getting a piece of cut glass to cover a table and display the items underneath the glass; again, a great dust deterrent; you can measure the space and check the yellow pages for a local glass company that can do this
  • If the items can be hung on a wall, do that to free up table space; don't overload the wall where it will look too busy; "S" hooks on wooden or metal dowels can be used to hang a variety of items (such as a rolling pin collection); look at this antique baby rattle collection
  • You can use baskets to display "moldable items" such as stuffed animals or needlepoint pillows
  • If you have deep shelves, you can create risers out of small boxes; just cover them with artfully arranged linens (napkins, table cloths or sheets); your display will look like something out of a department store
  • If you have pins or jewelry, get a fancy scarf or other item, pin your jewelry there and either display it in a cabinet, hang it from a hook or attach it to a wall; a quilt also works great for this; if only this guy had used a nice scarf or wrap
  • If you have a large collection of small items that look okay in a pile (such as rocks or non-precious gemstones), put them in a decorative glass vase or bowl
  • If you have an item and want to see the front and back and it is fairly flat, you can get two pieces of cut glass, put the items(s) between the glass and get it framed; you can then hang this from a location in your house where you can see the front and back (such as between two rooms where there is an opening); if you have more than one item, stagger them, displaying one low and the other high and so on; use pretty ribbon or decorative chains to hang the frames; here are some samples of some floating picture frames if you don't want to do it yourself
  • I sometimes use those plate stands to display other items that are fairly flat
  • If you're looking for something premade, how about large shadowboxes

Purchasing resources to help you with your display ideas:

  • your local hardware or craft store

Books to check out:

How do you display your collections?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That photo with the guy in the vest is priceless! Ha! That is so American!

October 17, 2007 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a small display table where I like to display my small collectibles. I have so many little things so I rotate them through. It keeps the dust off my collection too.

November 5, 2007 at 3:47 PM  

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