Thursday, April 19, 2007
Collector.. or hoarder? It's a fine line.
I've often wondered how many of something you have to accumulate before you can call it a collection. The girls, after seeing this show, reckon we collect tandems - but I don't think four of them quite qualifies. Nor does our total accumulation of bikes - even if our shed looks a bit like a bike shop.
I do seem to accumulate things though.. Am I a clutterer or a hoarder?... Certainly I have a tendency to save things 'in case' they come in useful one day. Combine that with an indefinable, vague greenie streak which has me trying to Reuse first then Recycle. And a sentimental streak that holds on to things for the potential memories...whether they be soft toys (ie. finding it hard to dispose of any of the soft toys the three children seem to have amassed), or mugs I had when I first moved out of home.
One of my current 'collections' is Moccona coffee jars. The jars are designed to be reused, and because of their glass lid, they seem too valuable, too 'nice', to just throw in the recycling. But there is a limit to how many 'nice' glass jars one household can actually use! See my problem? And that's not all - I have a plastic box full of them in the cupboard under the sink. I added to my problem with them recently by starting to buy the bigger jars.. because, being bigger, they'd be more useful! At the moment this collection is taking up valuable kitchen bench space while I 'decide' what to do with them.
I have a similar 'problem' with plastic containers. I buy them because they look like they'd be cool to use. I save them to reuse. Sometime. My plastics cupboard is diabolical - despite my efforts to store lids separately so they are findable. Plus how many of these containers can you save and use:
(Any guesses on how many of these 'tinned' fruit containers I have in the back of the plastics cupboard? - *cough*.. um.. probably at least a dozen...)
I have all manner of other things that I 'save' in case.... The cupboard 'under the stairs' is full of stuff that the kids might use one day for craft projects, school projects, etc. Paper, cardboard.. ribbons, corks... Somehow I don't think the space it all takes up is justified by the amount of usage.
And of course, anyone looking at my house would think that I also collect dust and cobwebs.
What do YOU
collect hoard ?
you name it, we hoard it for just in case or until the next big chuck out but dust is what we have most of.
Love that Collectors show, saw a lady on there who collected Easter egg wrappers (smoothed out flat) fascinating in an odd kind of way
Saw the easter egg wrapper collector !!
I can relate to the containers. Do you have a Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift store you could donate all that extra stuff to? That way someone else could use it, and it's out of your way.
Between P. and S. it will take an extra truck just to cart out their stuff if we ever move.
I try and keep my collecting down.
Plastic and glass containers that have sat and gathered dust are next on my list to throw away. At least I can recycle the glass.
I am big on those Moccona jars too, but actually use them in the pantry. I save every other jar as well for when I am making chutneys.
I think because my parents are such hoarders and because - ooh - hang on, just felt a blog coming on on this topic, may save it - lets just say I was once mentally and emotionally scarred (tongue only slightly in cheek) and in retaliation for my hurt, de-hoarded my mother's kitchen and my father's saddle room. As a result, I now have to be super vigilant in case these actions come back and haunt me...
Rootie, I have a few boxes of containers up in the shed from a cleanout about a year ago. They are earmarked for the op shops.. just I never got round to taking them there. Now they'll all need cleaning again because the boxes were open. Sheesh I'm an idiot.
Strauss.. I can't throw away icecream containers either! Actually I use one type regularly, just to confound the children. The current Peters icecreams are in a flatter, rectangular container, and so I use them to freeze the leftover spag bol mince. So the kids go to get icecream out, and find frozen bolognaise. Hah!
I am aiming for a throw out of kids stuff when they are at school... probably best to do it the day before the garbage collection day, because otherwise, invariably, they discover stuff in the bin and get upset about it. If they don't see it in the bin, they don't realise what's gone!
Plastic bread clips? Rubber bands? You've got me worried strauss. That's serious collecting.
I don't even keep books any more, unless I can honestly tell myself that I will read them again.
Oh and I definitely relate to throwing out kid stuff while they're not looking. That's what playstations are for Tracey. They get so absorbed, you can walk past the door with the old toys!