From a period of history when humans had to struggle for everything to a contemporary society of abundance and apparent plenty, it’s no wonder that there’s still a part of our brains that compels us to collect and stockpile objects of curiosity and personal value. It’s almost hardwired into us that the more we have, the happier life will be.
While on an intellectual level, most people know this isn’t true, that doesn’t take away from the fact that collecting is a fun and fulfilling hobby. Here are some tips and tricks to help you build an impressive collection without becoming a hoarder.
There are so many different kinds of impressive collections and so many different kinds of collectors also. Perhaps you’ve been picking up unique pieces for years now, or have only just started your collection. There are a million different items people enjoy collecting; stamps, coins, plants, books, wall art, sixties memorabilia, even cars. Whatever it is you want to collect, be sure to keep a discerning eye. Not everything that falls under the umbrella of ‘plant’ or ‘coin’ is necessarily worth taking up space in your home. Be sure to examine and inspect each item before judging it to be deserving of your money.
Protect Your Home
In the quest to bring more interesting items into your home, you may be putting what you already have at risk. Make sure everything you find is clean and pest-free before letting it through your doors; otherwise, it could contaminate the rest of your collection and even the rest of your house. If you need assistance with pests of all kinds, seek the help of Moxie Pest Control for more information. You might not always know exactly what circumstances a piece has been through before finding you, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.
Rotate and Replace
Unless you specifically collect identical items and that is the key to your collection, avoid purchasing duplicates. Not only does this take away from the visual value of similar items but can also be a waste of money and space. If something in your collection is deteriorating and you happen to find a suitable replica, it might be best to replace it with the version that’s in better condition. Of course, this highly depends on the style and type of impressive collection you have.
Refine your collection by not only collecting, for example, dolls, but by collecting dolls only made during a certain time in history. This adds to the challenge of locating your specific items and therefore increases the thrill of finding something that fits your collection perfectly.
Part of the fun of collecting is having your impressive collection on display for yourself and your visitors to enjoy. Although it can be tempting to protect your collected items by storing them away safely, you are less likely to get the most out of your hobby if it’s kept hidden. Find a way to creatively display your impressive collection around the house or in a specific part of a room to give it the attention it deserves.