My own personal habit has taken on different forms over the years, I've gone through colour phases, silver and sparkly phases, the great grey phase (for the record I am still loving this one), to name a few. Over the past couple of years I have been experimenting with other people's junk - it has reached a fever pitch around here - so much so that I am now willing to admit it. I have entered the junk phase.
You see I can't pass a garage sale, thrift store, back ally and okay, the occasional dumpster (but let's be clear I am yet to dive in) with out having a little poke around - and usually I come out successful. My kids, ages 3 and 19 months, also get involved. Though someone has tricked them into believing we are on a "treasure hunt." The hunt is full of rewards for them as well - my little ponies, castles, tractors, books - we love it all (here I feel I must also be clear - I don't shop dumpsters and back allies for my kid's toys - not that there's anything wrong with that) .
So reading this you may believe that we live in a hoarder's paradise, and to that I must disagree (just don't ask my husband). I like space to breath and I hate clutter. So jumping to another, somewhat related, topic we have tons of shelves in our house, the bookshelves in the living room always give me a bit of trouble. You see I love my stuff, and I love old books and love to display them, but I HATE clutter and mess. I love layering but I don't want to be smothered by stuff... oh the trials and tribulations of decorating... So checkout our bookcase and how I have my books, stuff and other people's trash proudly on display...
|our bookshelf - full of old books, industrial parts, mason jars, old planters and yes - tin cans...|
|this ex-vegetarian loves her some pre-loved antlers|
|my baby hammer - I brought her home to sell but she's so cute - and useful too - perfect for all of those tiny jobs around the house...|
|tin can incognito and holding my beloved twine - that's right I said beloved...|