The Hoarder Next Door

May 12, 2013 by daire91 - 3 Comments

Today is day 12 of the ‘Blog Every Day in May’ challenge and the prompt is: Are you a collector? Maybe a bit of a hoarder? Tell us about something you like to collect. Or if you favour minimalism, perhaps tell us why?

Now, I am far from a minimalist. I like things. I wouldn’t describe myself as a hoarder… I’m in the middle of finding somewhere to live so 95% of my stuff is in storage, and I’m absolutely fine. But I do love collecting things, lots of things:



These are the only physical books I have in the flat, but I have about 15 boxes of books in the attic. My current shortage of books has led to me A renewing my love of the library and B collecting hundreds of Kindle books.

More Books


I also collect old books, in a variety of sizes, to turn into art journals. I would only choose unloved books from charity shops for this, as the idea of damaging books is still a bit painful to me… I won’t even use pencil in my text books…



I adore magazines. I read them and then save them to use in art projects. I currently have a subscription to Cosmo, my Grandma donates all her gardening magazines, and the rest come from car boot sales. I once got a whole stack of glossy BBC History magazines for £1.50 (and we all know I love a bargain!).



Ok, so I’m an unapologetic stationery addict. I love notebooks in all forms, but it’s only recently that I’ve been able to bring myself to start writing in some of the prettiest! Paperchase is obviously the Mecca of all stationery stores, but I also actually really like notebooks from Wilkinsons – the paper is really smooth and they have some really nice designs.




I adore all kinds of pens for writing, doodling and doing arty things with. This is just a random handful I pulled from the top of my pen tin.

These are a few of the things I like to fill my shelves with, but believe me, there are more! I don’t doubt that as soon as I get my new house I’ll start collecting all manner of things… I’m definitely looking forward to finding exciting furniture!

So what things do you collect? Could you live without them?

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