Last week, I opened my Feedly to a fun surprise: my question was featured on the Unclutterer blog’s Ask Unclutterer column! As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a big advocate of minimalist lifestyles, especially for ADHD adults and families.
Having experienced the rewards of minimizing, it now brings its own little dopamine rush. It’s like a game! But for the past few months, I’ve been struggling with a big puzzle: what to do with my old drawings, paintings, and prints left over from art school.
Here’s my dilemma as described in Ask Unclutterer:
I have a bachelors degree in fine arts. Even though I graduated what seems like a lifetime ago, many of my old drawings, paintings, and prints lurk in a basement closet. I recently framed a pair of lithographs to hang over the couch, and they are a delight. However, I live in a relatively small house and have no desire to upsize any time soon, so even if everything felt worthy of public display, I wouldn’t have space for it. Some of my paintings are so big, I’m not sure I know anyone with a large enough home to accommodate them.
To my delight, the answer to my question, while not clean cut, included plenty of tips for storing, gifting, or creating a display rotation for my art. I highly recommend reading the original post. Much of the information applies to sentimental clutter in general, not just old drawing studio homework.
As for me, I’m still puzzling — for now. I’d love to hear your stories!
Do you have any sentimental items that you don’t use or display, but can’t seem to part with?