7 Ways to Declutter Your Vintage Finds
Rack 'Em Up
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Lose the Jewelry Box
Take Suitcases Out of the Closet
Use Shelves Creatively
Bright idea! Madden combined several short shelves to create each of these superlong ones.
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Don't Neglect the Walls
Take full advantage of vertical space. In any house, there are only so many tabletops on which to showcase stuff. So if you tend to amass large numbers of small collectibles, consider climbing the walls. These custom bookshelves in the living room, Madden says, "really allow me to indulge my love of American art pottery." Here's how she keeps the arrangement interesting:
- Group similarly shaped items (fluted vases, trophylike urns) together, but stagger heights and mix various creamy shades.
- A few wild-card components, such as shells, architectural remnants, and tarnished silver vessels, prevent a monochromatic collection from becoming monotonous. Just keep 'em all muted, so they don't hog the spotlight.
- Stacked books make great risers — providing the height needed to help fill up a tall shelf.