Organizing and Collectibles
We love collecting things. For some it is a hobby, for some a passion and for others an obsession. Perhaps we simply love those things or we possibly think that one day they will be so valuable that we can sell them and send a kid to college or retire early.
Problems in collecting can occur, however, when you no longer have space for the collections. If you are collecting simply for the enjoyment these things bring, then you should display them so they can be enjoyed. Storing them in a box in a closet or the attic is not enjoying them. If they are seasonal items, then rotate those when appropriate. And when similar items are grouped together, they have a greater visual impact. Consider placing them in a display case, on a shelf together or if appropriate grouped on a wall.
If you simply do not have the space to enjoy them, then ask yourself why you have them. This may take some self analysis or internal dialogue that could be very enlightening. Media pressure, fear of the unknown, emotional traumas, significant memories, and peer pressures are all reasons for purchasing, collecting and not letting go of items. The more spent on these and the greater the number, the more difficult it is to let go of any.
If you do not have adequate space to organize, display or enjoy your collcetions, consider choosing the most special items to display and find another home for those remaining. Some options for a new home might be family members or friends that appreciatre the items and would display or enjoy them. This is especially important for those sentimental items that may have been in your family for generations. If there are no emotional attachments, you could sell the items to someone who respects their value and is willing to pay you for the privilege of owning them.
Photographs are a special type of collectible. We all have them, lots of them. No doubt they remind us of special events, milestones or activities of those we love. The issue is how many do we need of each occasion. When we have so many special items, then none are really special. It only takes one picture, not fifty, of the birthday celebration or vacation at the beach to remind us of that memorable time. Be selective in what you save or collect so that each one is special.
If you are collecting for a future return on your investment, then be sure to keep an accurate inventory of each item, store and label it in an appropriate container, consider insuring it and monitor its value on a regular basis. With the over abundance of collectibles now for sale on EBay and other online sites, your items may not be so unique and its value diminished. If it is a rare find or the only one of its kind remaining in good condition, you just might be able to send that kid to Harvard one day.