Before you lose all hope for the future of your junk drawer's contents, do yourself a favor and check out these meticulously organized everyday items, arranged by visual artist Adam Hillman.
Obviously, everyone doesn't possess the patience, creativity or skill to turn random household objects into artwork, but Hillman's unique design aesthetic is definitive proof that these frequently disregarded doohickeys serve a far bigger purpose than simply appeasing our inner pack rats.
While the average clutter-prone person's stuff idly collects dust (and more company because that's how junk piles work), Hillman takes ordinary objects like Lego blocks, sticky note pads, toothpicks, staples, lollipops, cereal, thumbtacks, bananas and more to create dazzling designs, which he shares on Instagram and sells as original prints in his online shop.
The self-professed "object arranger" takes hours to cut and position the objects that comprise his intricate layouts. His dedication and extreme attention to detail are evident in each of the carefully crafted designs. For instance, there's "Cornered," a group of precisely burned matches arranged to form a diamond in the middle; "StapleSwirl," a series of staples positioned in a stunning geometrical pattern; "Q-Tipping," an assortment of cotton swabs clipped to various lengths to form a skeletal-looking maze; and "Picky Eater," a color progression of multi-hued toothpicks organized in a zigzag pattern framed by matching colored plastic forks.
Of his artsy arrangements, the New-Jersey based artist writes, "I describe my work as arrangements of everyday objects ordered into geometric patterns, which are inspired by minimalism and outsider art. I use these patterns, alongside conceptual organizers such as puns, fine art, color order, and optical illusions to arrange elaborate scenes, challenging viewers preconceived notions of the objects' everyday usages."
Clearly, Hillman is breaking some major rules here by playing with food, fire and sharp, pointy objects, but the resulting artistic collection makes these some easily forgivable offenses.