Collection collectors

CD collection
Photo by Daveybot

Yesterday’s post about my book collections got me thinking about all the collections David and I have.  As I mentioned, I collect books:

  • Books by and about Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Books by L.M. Montgomery
  • Hardcover editions of Little Women
  • Newbery Award and Newbery Honor books
  • Books about Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery
  • Books about the Civil War
  • Antique schoolbooks (primers, readers, spellers, etc.)

David collects books, too:

  • Books about Germany (he was a German Studies major and a German teacher)
  • Art history books, especially German expressionism
  • Books about the Holocaust
  • Books about bands
  • Music reference books (about bands, albums, music charts, etc.)

David has many other collections:

  • 80s and 90s alternative record albums (and 12″ and 7″ singles, too!)
  • 80s-00s Alternative CDs
  • European-style strategy board games

There is such a fine line between a collection and a stockpile.  I have stockpiles of all kinds of things:

  • Scrapbook supplies
  • Sewing/needlework supplies
  • Greeting cards
  • Books about health, about fitness, about parenting, about organizing, about clutter, about travel, about religion, about writing, about scrapbooking, about various and sundry science and social studies topics… this list could go on and on.  I own a lot of books, and most are non-fiction.
  • Toiletries (yes, a stockpile of ’em)
  • Candles (which I rarely burn)
  • Office supplies
  • Organizing containers

It is the stockpiles that I need to get rid of.  I have been trying to use up the consumable ones, but I can only use up so much in my lifetime, I know!  I need to make some decisions:

  1. How often am I going to use this stuff?
  2. How much of this stuff can I use in one sitting?
  3. How much, then, do I need to keep?

Then I need to get rid of the excess.  Wish me luck!

  • {Clutter} released: Three pairs of black shoes, a red tote bag, and a zillion ball point pens.