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By July 2, 2015 2 Comments

How many empty picture frames do have scattered around your house? I recently realized that I had several “just in case” frames in a container under the bed. Then I found some more in a drawer. And then, of course, I had a few in the garage! I decided to gather them all together in one spot and count them.

Yikes! I had 39 frames of various sizes and shapes—obviously too many to ever use! I had gradually picked them up at garage sales, clearance sales, dollar stores and Goodwill. They were all being kept for “just in case” I needed a frame.

I mentioned in my “Confidently Conquer Clutter” presentation that “just in case” collections usually end up being another pile of clutter. It’s really true! I had simply postponed making decisions about which pictures to reprint, which frames to use, and where to hang them.

Here are a few suggestions to help eliminate frame clutter:

  1. Be realistic about how much wall space you have to display pictures.
  2. Choose only the best pictures to display.
  3. Update and rotate on a regular basis.
  4. Take some pictures out of the frames and retire to a notebook or scrapbook.
  5. Sometimes it helps to completely change the entire wall display and start fresh.
  6. Donate all your extra frames!

I removed, rearranged, and refreshed an assortment of my children’s pictures. I also moved them to a different wall. I was pleasantly surprised at the new arrangement. Now I am working on a special space for the pictures of my grandchildren. ☺

Watch out for the folly of too many frames!



Photo credit: J. McPherskesen / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA


Olive Wagar

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  • If you do nothing else… listen to what Olive says in #4. Frames can take up more that 5x the space and if the humidity is just right take your picture captive for eternity. Yup, stuck right on the glass. If the notebook is too advanced for you get them in a document box. Looks like a shirt box but with firmer cardboard.
    Thanks Olive!

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