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The Art of Arranging Things

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Like much of the rest of the internet world, I've come to regard clutter as enemy #1. Loose change, dull pencils, and lidless Tupperware has all started to annoy me more than ever, and with Marie Kondo as my guide, everything must go.

However, what does one do with all of the knickknacks, cute collectibles, and other memorabilia that have a tendency to "spark joy"? I don't want to get rid of them, but I also don't want to hide them in a box forever, collecting dust. They deserve to be showcased, arranged in an aesthetically pleasing way that could easily gather likes in an Instagram post.

This sentiment was echoed in a post by The Line – In Place: Leonard Koren and the Art of Arranging Things. Recreating paintings by Natalie Du Pasquier as photos, the collection "is an opportunity to logically dissect an intuitive act while considering the subtleties of stuff."

Basically, it makes me feel less horrible about not getting rid of every little thing in my apartment. Not all stuff needs to be removed, hidden, or repurposed. Some stuff can just be.