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“Early fur­ni­ture, mor­tar and pes­tles, but­ter molds and stamps, wood bowls, wood car­ri­ers, cov­er­lets, firkins, crocks and jugs, spice boxes—let’s just say I am a col­lec­tor,” Lynn says. And although she cher­ishes her coun­try col­lectibles, she is care­ful not to let them end up as clut­ter in her his­toric home. She of­fers the fol­low­ing tips for tam­ing too many trea­sures:

Be Like-Minded. Dis­play sim­i­lar ob­jects to­gether to help items read as one co­her­ent and or­ga­nized whole in­stead of miscellaneous mul­ti­ple odds and ends. “I like to keep my col­lec­tions to­gether in­stead of spread out,” she ex­plains. “I have a cup­board of cov­er­lets, keep my but­ter molds on a shelf and my but­ter stamps in a big wood bowl.”

Re­mem­ber Over­looked Nooks. Take ad­van­tage of even the small­est or oth­er­wise over­looked spa­ces, such as above a cup­board, on the floor, or in a cozy corner, to stretch your dis­play space. Lynn stows bas­kets over a din­ing room cup­board, stacks grain bins on the floor, and fills cub­bies and cup­boards with fa­vorite small pieces.

Cull Your Col­lec­tions. Feel free to weed out lesser items to pre­vent your col­lec­tions from pil­ing up too high. “When I find some­thing bet­ter, some­thing al­ways has to go,” Lynn says.

Spread the Wealth. Pass along pieces that no longer fit in your home or make you smile to fel­low an­tiques en­thu­si­asts. Lynn doles hers out to coun­try-minded friends or sells them in her an­tiques booth or on­line.

Stash and Store. Ro­tate col­lec­tions to ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of redis­cov­ery. When not in use, Lynn tucks away ex­tra trea­sures, of­ten in early trunks and cup­boards.“I don’t like clut­ter,” she notes.

“I don’t be­lieve in things be­ing just for show. I use ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.”

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