We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse; we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard.

Penelope Lively

Buy some scrapbooks and collect things – either randomly as you come across them or in a more organised manner if you prefer. An interesting article in the newspaper, a photo from a magazine, some tickets to a concert, a scrap of paper you find in a bin – whatever grabs your attention, file it away.

But don’t hoard. That’s just the accumulation of junk. No, this is curation. Think of yourself as the Museum of You – collecting and displaying things may only ever be of interest to the most important visitor: you.

Keep whatever you want and throw everything else away. Keep nothing that is ‘worthy’ or that you think ‘should’ belong in there. Be honest with every exhibit and get rid of anything that doesn’t interest you.

Some cataloguing ideas:

The creative benefit of a random arrangement is that it puts things that don’t necessarily belong together side by side. That allows your brain to try to create an association (which it will attempt automatically), and who knows where that leads?

For more information:

Build Your Own Idea Factory

This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington


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