Advice I've gathered over the years about dealing with accessories gone wild:
- Gather all your accessories and put them all in one place.
- Remove the ones that no longer appeal to you - you don't like them or they aren't special anymore. (Give them away or box them up if you really can't part with them yet.)
- Sort and group similar items.
- If you found you've kept a lot, see if you can rotate them through in a more seasonal way. For example, accessories you'll have out in fall and winter to be replaced by those designated for spring and summer.
- Wait a few days and live with your space without the accessories.
- Now, decide what parts of your home would benefit from these personal touches - displaying items in groups for more impact and keeping in mind the need for furniture to be functional. Who wants to have move six things from a side table before being able to set down a drink.
- Re-accessorize and critique.
- Don't let things get stale. Consider rearranging more often to keep things fresh.
Buy a cottage to display all the other stuff you didn't get rid of
Look 4 crabs - a brass one, a red one, a matchbox one and even one preserved in plastic! Concrete books, a clam, a scallop, a pineapple and a Santa gnome glued on an old Jif peanut butter lid. Oh, and an empty bottle of bay rum cologne...I liked the wicker packaging.
3 brass clams , 3 moss balls and a faux boxwood atop fluted zinc. Pottery, books, old telephone insulators and a clam filled with 2011's harvest of lavender from the garden. What made me think that was a good idea?
My husband - Hey, what about all those styrofoam balls you bought to make into moss balls?
Me - They don't qualify as an accessory yet...they aren't finished.
What didn't I put on the table? Mostly things that were on shelves - lots of coral, a chipped Waterford bud vase and lucite book ends. These will still be part of the process but I basically ran out of room on the table. (p.s. - Anything made by my kids, like the plaster handprints, will of course stay but I'm going to think of a better way to display them. Also, I now only buy faux coral since buying harvested coral isn't good for the oceans.)
Husband - "Hey world, FYI, this is only a partial portion of the trinkets she owns."
Me - No, really, I think it's mostly all out there.
Husband - What about the vintage slide rule, the horseshoe crab shells, the iron owls, the cigar boxes? Do I need to go on?
Anyway, I hope to update in the next few weeks the results of my purge and re-distribution.
By the way, how's the home accessories situation at your house?