If you follow Erin’s column over at Simply Stated, you may have seen Holly Becker’s article Starting a Collection. First, let me state that there is nothing wrong with collecting things you love. In fact, it’s a great way to display some of your personality in your home. However, you need to be careful that it doesn’t get out of control and become clutter.
That’s why Holly’s question “How do you start a collection when you don’t even know what you are interested in?” caught me completely off guard. I think my eyes may have actually jumped out of my head as I exclaimed “WHAT?!” I cannot think of any good reason to start a collection just for the sake of having a collection. That type of behavior is often at the root of massive clutter problems. Ever watched an episode of Clean House? Then you know what I’m talking about. Under no circumstances should you start a collection just for the sake of having a collection.
So when is a good time to start a collection?
- If you have something that you love and it inspires you, by all means collect it and put it on display.
- Sentimental collections can also be done without cluttering your home.
- Some people collect items as investments. While it can be done, it is very difficult to turn a profit especially in this age of globalization and mass production.
All in all, collecting is not a bad thing. You just need to be mindful of it to ensure it accurately represents you and is not clutter in disguise. As for me, I’ll be paring down my stuffed animal and shot glass collections as part of the big move, and I’ll be looking for a better way to display my sports collectibles. If you have any ideas for me, please share them in the comments!