Here’s the thing about the perils of collecting, they’re impossible to resist!!! Once a collector, always a collector!
I’m a collector, and not a hoarder!!! A collector is “A person who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby”. But a hoarder, according to the Urban Dictionary is “A word that describes anyone that feels the need to find, collect, keep, pack ANY and EVERYTHING because they do not know how to throw things away”.
Okay, I’m one of those people who do have a hard time believing that enough is enough! Yes, I did sew clothing years ago as a hobby, but do I still need all of the sewing related paraphernalia? No! However, I do need to pull it all out of the drawers, then decide exactly what I want to do with it. Do you suppose the waistband elastic that I purchased in the 80’s, still has any give? Who would want it, or is it just something else to dump in the landfill (and feel guilty about)?
What about that criminally expensive, sparkly paint that I purchased on a whim, at a scrapbooking convention (and I’ve never scrapbooked)? Has it dried out yet? Is there any other way that I could use it? I will test it, and if it isn’t viable (as I suspect), will release it from my life! So many decisions to make, and time does seem to be speeding up, and not slowing down!!
Could better time management skills, cure some of the perils of collecting? Or how about more space? I do know how to throw things away, but I don’t do it often enough (and that, I contend is hereditary). Do I just procrastinate, or are more pressing matters swallowing my time? I do not collect newspapers, plastic bags, and bubble wrap (well perhaps a bit of bubble wrap)! I do collect beads, buttons, pearls, art supplies, embroidery supplies, polymer clay (but I’ve slowed down on that), paper, stones, driftwood, and rusty objects! Holdovers (and space hogs) from my previous obsessions, include cotton batiks, other quilting fabrics, and wool roving.
One of the biggest perils of collecting, is not having the right container to store your stuff. If you’re a visual person, like me, stuffing anything into a box is a critical error! I need to see my stuff!!!! If I don’t see it, I don’t use it, and then it just become future landfill fodder!! Of course, there’s also the problem of collecting too many containers! I wish that I was a person who stayed loyal to a particular type or brand, but that just isn’t so. There’s always a better one, but then what do you do with the old ones? Oh, the dollars that I’ve spent on storage over the years!!
Space is also one of the perils of collecting! If you’re a collector, and you have the space, then you’re just going to fill it up! If you don’t have the space, you’re still going to fill it up, but you need to be more creative. Shelves, storage boxes, totes, and cupboards, are your best and worst friends!
I’m glad that beading (thank you BeadFX), takes less room than quilting, but now I suffer from the Oooh, shiny syndrome! Teaching classes, using different mediums, caused my stash to explode, but I still need those supplies!!! What’s a girl to do?
I can’t imagine my life without collecting, but I do want to weed out some of my collections. However, I may need to move, because that’s really the best way to purge! Just ask my friend Cherryl!