I am an avid collector of books, non fiction books about everything from food to fashion to flower arranging and everything in between. I also dabble a little bit in stationary and cosmetics. They bring me little moments of joy.
Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project says that A collection provides a mission, a reason to visit new places, the excitement of the chase, a field of expertise and a bond with like minded people. She suggests trying the following things
- Creating an empty shelf somewhere and finding something that gives you great pleasure to collect and display on it
- Allowing yourself one chaotic messy junk drawer in which to collect all sorts of little things that may come in handy one day
- Put together a Happiness Box to collect all sorts of little trinkets that trigger happy thoughts and memories.
- Start a Toy Jar, a jar in which to keep all those silly little toy giveaways that you get from super markets, petrol stations, fast food outlets etc. You never know when they might come in handy (craft projects, cake decorating, entertaining unexpected guests etc.)
Sarah Ban Breathnach in Simple abundance also talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with the things you love and finding a new way to display your cherished collections.
- Tackle your junk drawer
- Take pictures of the walls, clear the tables & mantle tops for a week before deciding what to put back & keep
- Spend an hour pottering to your favourite music while you rearrange your collections of personal mementos and pictures
- If you have a collection find a way to display it
- Start regular foraging at garage sales & flea markets