Drowning in Knick Knacks

All of these little souvenirs that I’ve collected over the years are really adding up. To be honest, all they do is gather dust and take up space. But They bring back sweet memories of places I’ve been and it is really hard to just toss them all in a box and never look at them. I don’t know what to do with them all – I am drowning in knick knacks and the clutter is starting to make me feel like one of those hoarders that you see on that awful reality TV show.

My mother used to have a china cabinet in the dining room where she kept all her knick knacks displayed on glass shelves. The cabinet had glass doors, so you could see everything inside and they were protected from dust and any damage from things like bouncing balls and rowdy kids who always seem to throw things in the house and break shit and get in trouble.

I don’t even have a dining room or a china cabinet, so that doesn’t work for me. I have to put things on the fireplace mantle and on bookshelves. The problem with bookshelves is that I have a lot of actual books that need shelf space. And the book shelves are open, so things get dusty after a while. Thankfully we don’t have an issue with bouncing balls or kids. But I like to have my things out to see them and I’ve run out of bookshelves. I’m open to suggestions – anyone?