Wednesday, May 23, 2012

If You Were Rich Would You End Up A Feature On Hoarders?

 If I were rich I probably be in an episode of hoarders because I just love pretty things and anything new or looks fun.  I don't really know if the only thing that stops me from grabbing up anything and everything is that I am on such a tight budget or if I had the money would I be able to resist the temptation.  I think one of my problems is that I am a collector and crafter with ADHD.  One moment it's, "Oooh Unicorns!" next is "Ooooh Milk Glass" again maybe a day later "Ooooh Cracker Tins!...."  Seriously that is a sign of a problem, thank God I am just as interested in selling the items as I am finding them.  But I have to admit that sometimes it is a little hard to let go of my favorite pieces and I hold fond memories of when I met them.

Over the years (including childhood) I have changed collections like some people change socks.  I am not sure what starts it but in my defense I do think that some of it is due to my love of life and the interest I hold in so many different things.  I was intrigued by herbology at age 10, I have always been in love with archeology and geology, I am an RD by trade, my nickname has forever been The Cheshire Cat (CC for short,) I adore magical creatures, I love nature, history, myths, religious studies, fashion (of my own definition,) recycling, my country (Americana,) my German heritage, Butterflies etc and of course I would like my collections to encompass all that make me, me.  But of course half of the battle is to simply to identify the illness and the next step is to try to manage it and I think I have found some very good coping mechanisms such as Pinterest.

Pinterest heals me (or enables, not sure;) it allows me to have that Hoarder mentality without destroying my beautiful and organized home.  As you will see (if you would grace me with a visit by my Pinterest page I am definitely, at minimum, borderline just because I have at least 30 full boards while the average person may have 5 - 15 boards.  I bet some of you didn't even know they could have that many. 

Well it is a little crowded in the mind of Colleen (a.k.a. The Cheshire Cat, a.k.a. CC, a.ka. Butterfly) but it is full of exciting ideas, memories of vintage pretties and amazing travels and magical fairies (just through that in there for kicks it is probably more full of Loony Toons episodes.)  But I am sure I am not the only one that is a closet hoarder or at least a hoarder that has managed to keep it from blowing up on them.

Alas another method of coping is creating Treasuries full of the things that I would buy if I won the lotto and would end up having to either move to a bigger home or buy extra storage.  Who knows maybe some of  these featured shop owners may share my illness; I don't really like the term hoarder so lets call it Collectorsitis.


Anonymous said...

I would definitely be on the Hoarders: Book edition! or the Hoarders: Craft Supply edition! Ha! Or even the Hoarders: All Things 1940's edition! Too funny to think of what realities might be if we really think about them :)

SuziesImaginarium said...

Lol! I don't think the people on Hoarders are rich in anything but piles of "stuff" (I think there might be another word for the "stuff" part) As I've gotten older, I find it easier to "toss it out". Admittedly, this only makes room for the next obsession.