Good Idea: Photograph Your Collections, Then Let Them Go

It's Week 1 of the Spring Cure, and if you've been following along, you know that right now is the assessment and inspiration stage. It's not time to purge (yet), but your outbox may already be ready and waiting. Before you start filling it up, though, consider taking inspiration from Lisa Congdon's A Collection a Day project and photographing any cherished collections that you might be ready to part with.

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In an ideal world, we'd all have plenty of space for our collections of antique thread spools and vintage salt and pepper shakers, but it's a sad fact of modern life that these collections – which start off with a few beloved objects – can often get out of control, cluttering up our small spaces and becoming oppressive... and, ironically, causing more grief than the joy they originally provided.

If you're ready to let long-unused objects go, taking the time to artfully photograph them will, as the home organization pros always say, "honor" them. Then you can let them go to a deserving home with miles of shelves and a new owner whose dusting arm never gets tired. You'll be left with your memories and a beautiful piece of art. Everyone wins.

See the collections that Lisa Congdon has documented so far this year at A Collection a Day.

Images: Lisa Congdon