3 Reasons Why Clutter Can Be Cool
We’re always told that we shouldn’t hold on to clutter. We’re encouraged to be minimalist in our decor, keeping our homes ruthlessly neat and tidy. Needless to say, this rigorous approach is not for everyone. I know it’s definitely not for me!
While a perfectly pristine home tastefully decorated with a sparse few pieces of furniture and plants looks great on an Instagram feed, there are numerous reasons why this lifestyle may not bring the sense of happiness and serenity to you that it brought to these guys. If you’re like me and sometimes feel pretty guilty about the amount of stuff you own, here are some reasons why a little clutter can be absolutely fine…
Physical media is fine
In the age of the digital download, a lot of people are dying to sell their CDs and DVDs while they’re still of some monetary value. The trouble is that physical media has a certain charm and reliability that streaming and downloads just don’t offer. Physical media won’t let you down if you’re having trouble with your internet. Physical media can be lent, shared and borrowed without complicated rights issues. Plus, there’s a certain satisfaction in seeing your favorite movies and albums all lined up neatly on the shelf. If your physical media brings you joy, keep hold of it. Heck, if you have albums you miss you can even replicate them through Nationwide Disc.
Collectables are cool
Some people genuinely dislike collectible figures, statues, and memorabilia, but don’t let the current trend for minimalism detract from the fact that most collectibles are valuable commodities both in emotional and monetary terms. From Pop Vinyls to Hot Toys there are collectibles to suit every budget, every taste, and every fandom. I’ve got little Disney Tsum Tsums and Doctor Who figures that happily live in my room and always make me smile. Whether your spare shelf space is filled with action figures or your mantle is lined with porcelain dolls don’t let the minimalists shame you for your cool collectibles.
Unlike your car (or in some cases your home), your collectibles will likely appreciate in value so long as you keep them in good condition and well packaged. If the kids who played with the first generation of Star Wars figures had any idea what they’d one day be worth, they’d never have taken them out of their boxes!
Books are brilliant
Sorry, e-reader enthusiasts but the good old fashioned book isn’t going anywhere. So what if your bookshelf is groaning with the stories you’ve collected and saved throughout your life? If they bring you happiness, you should keep each and every page. It’s reassuring knowing that you can reach for one of your favorite books on a rainy afternoon. Also, your bookshelf says a lot about you. It offers visitors a virtual tour of your personality. My bookshelf is filled with Harry Potter, tragic teen love stories, and dystopian novels, so do with that what you will!
Even the most dedicated minimalist will tell you that if something brings you joy, you should keep hold of it. By all means get rid of stuff that has ceased to be meaningful to you… But don’t be ashamed of a little clutter if it brings you happiness. Not everyone is a minimalist at heart.