Hmm. Is it possible to have Hello Kitty wallpaper and not have a Hello Kitty themed room?

When you’re a collector of everything, it can be difficult to decorate. I struggle with the delicate balance of displaying the collectibles I want to display and my space looking as if it could be on an episode of Hoarders. I may be a collector of everything, but I do not collect dead cats.

Not wanting to completely overwhelm myself, I’ve been taking it one tiny step at a time. My ultimate goal for my space is to keep it functional and simple but, of course, I want to display my collectibles. My problem has always been I want to display everything. Over the years, I’ve streamlined my displays. Even though they are aesthetically more pleasing to look at it, it still makes my space look cold and empty.

I applaud people who are able to live a minimalist lifestyle. I am not one of those people. I enjoy collecting and if I need something, I like that I actually have it and that I don’t have to buy it. Collecting brings me joy. A room with a bed and a plant does not bring me joy.

On the other hand, I also admire those who clearly have a passion and have no regrets about proudly displaying it. I have a kawaii collection that I love, but am still slightly embarrassed of given that I am a man in my early 30s. I know. I know. You’re all going to be, “You like what you like. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed.” I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not displaying any of my kawaii collection. They’re stashed away in two storage bins in my closet. Most of my Kawaii collection consists of stationery anyway, and I would rather not live in a space that looks like an office supply store for 11-year-old girls.

For now, I’ve limited displaying my collectibles to two areas: the top of a small bookcase and a display cabinet. I love the display cabinet because it’s really the only piece of furniture that I have that I can display my collectibles. As usual, everything else has been taken hostage by my books. I’ve been bothered how dark the inside is and you can barely see my treasured Batman action figures.

I knew tap lights and Command strips was my best option. I had tried this years ago with another piece of furniture, and it didn’t work out. The tap lights fell within hours, and I just gave up. I was sick and tired of my display case looking like a black hole, so I bought new tap lights and Command strips and hoped for the best. It’s been a solid two weeks, and they haven’t come crashing down yet. Now I feel confident enough to finally install that Hello Kitty wallpaper I’ve had my eye on forever.

Much better. Let there be light for Batman.

4 thoughts on “Hmm. Is it possible to have Hello Kitty wallpaper and not have a Hello Kitty themed room?

  1. Some minimalist videos give me so much grief. I think it’s because a small part of me aspires to be like that and knows that I can reduce my items to a small amount, but I have a long way to go. And having so much space doesn’t necessarily make me happy, either, in fact I would probably feel overwhelmed with an apartment like the one in that girl’s video. Probably the opposite of claustrophobic, if you know what I mean.

    I used to collect a lot of toys but now I don’t anymore. I also had a large collection of music memorabilia but it has gotten much smaller. It’s come to the point where I don’t indulge in it on a daily (or even weekly) basis, so I feel like it’s just sitting around collecting dust. But I think everyone is free to do what they want – I definitely believe there is an extreme of minimalism and an extreme of hoarding and having too much stuff. As long as you don’t reach those extremes, it’s not really a problem.

  2. I really want to steal that Krillin figure! XD He always was my favorite!

    But on the collectible side oh I FEEL you so much! I collect way too much stuff and I’d love to display it all. Sadly I don’t have the space! And I hate packing stuff away! Thus my room looks SO cluttered with stuff.

    I’ll have to look into some tap lights myself. Some of my shelves could use that!

  3. My husband and I have shelves of anime, Transformers, and you name it figures in three rooms and we have already downsized a lot of it. Your collection is going nicely 😀

    Love your titles, too as I love Hello Kitty so much.

  4. I try to live a minimal life but I can’t, I have way too much clutter. I can’t even seem to get rid of my philo readings back in college because I love them to this day.
    Your kawaii collection is to-die for! I can’t seem to find any worthy stationery to collect here in my country, yet alone cute adorable ones.
    My brother would envy your collection of action figures. I bet he knows most of them, if not all of them. (I know most of the superheroes, and of course Leonard and Howard.)
    I love how you gave them a spotlight. Definitely much better!

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