Organizing a collection is harder than it looks.
If we had to guess the first thought on your mind when you started building your collection, it’s probably safe to say it wasn’t “man, I should prepare now if I run out of room for my collectibles.” That said, if you’ve found yourself slowly becoming overwhelmed by the size of your collection, there’s no need to be ashamed; we’ve all been there. Though meticulously reorganizing collectibles can be a lot of fun for some people, you may need a little help in getting your collection under control. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on to find out how to make your collection as tidy as it can be without making yourself crazy.
First thing’s first: you need to research the ideal conditions in which to store your collectibles. Fact of the matter is, even if you have the most organized collection in the world, it’ll mean nothing if your items are quickly deteriorating. This will vary depending on what you collect, but generally speaking, you’ll want to keep your collectibles at room temperature or cooler in a relatively dry environment. You’ll also want to put your collection in a clean area that isn’t susceptible to environmental damage, which means most attics and basements are out of the question. Honestly, you should be fine as long as you keep your collection away from direct light sources and air/heat vents, but researching proper conditions for your collection comes highly recommended.
Once that’s out of the way, you need to decide what kind of an organized collection you want. Do you want a collection that’s all-together for you to easily look through at any moment, or do you want a decorative collection that’s fun to show off to friends? This, too, will vary by collection; someone with a DVD collection may value the former option, while someone collecting dinnerware will likely want the latter. For things like action figures, both options have pros and cons. For a comprehensive collection that’s all in one spot, we recommend investing in accessories like shelves and other displays that will help you economize your space. Even if your collection takes up a lot of space as it is, you’ll want to leave plenty of room for your collection to grow as well. After all, it’s better to plan too big than have to reorganize your home because you undershot your collecting ambitions.
For a collection that you want to easily show off… well, it’s time to get creative! If you want some collectibles by your computer while others adorn your common area, hey, knock yourself out. However, lest you haphazardly place your collection all around your house and forget where you even put half of it, we recommend splitting your items into categories. For instance, if you collect Funko Pops, perhaps you’ll put video game Pops next to game consoles, movie Pops by your DVDs, etc. Alternatively, you can try mixing and matching your collection to make little dioramas, or even recreate movie scenes if you’re feeling ambitious. The most important piece of the puzzle here is to split up your collection in a way that makes sense to you, and the sky’s the limit for how you’d like to do that.
Some meticulous collectors recommend documenting your collection by either using a spreadsheet or making a checklist, but really, as many a millennial would say, “you do you.” These tips are designed to inspire your organization quest, but above everything else, feel free to enjoy your collection no matter how you organize it. After all, what good is a collection if you don’t have fun with it? Whether you want a massive collection that shocks guests or a themed collection that amuses friends at every turn, there’s no wrong way to organize a collection – as long as it’s not ending up all over the floor and you’re spending every day stepping on Legos.
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