I used to watch shows like Clean Sweep and laugh when the host, Peter Walsh, would confront the homeowners about all their ‘stuff’ and force them to get rid of most of it. When the homeowners were relunctant to do it, Peter would pull them aside and confront them about WHY these things had such a hold on them. I laughed at people who clung to their CD’s, video tapes, shoes, collectible figurines, any number of too many of something, as one by one Peter wore them down and forced them to let go and sell off their treasures.
The difference between them and me? First, none of these items would be what I consider treasures, as I don’t own a lot of CD’s, DVD’s, shoes, etc.
Second, I’d never invite Mr. Walsh to come into my garage and help me organize it. He’d take one look at the pegboard with the garden tools hanging on it and begin to question me, starting with the basic question. “Do you use all of those hoes?”
Absolutely, Mr. Walsh, of course I do!
Then he’d swivel around to the other side of the garage and find the clay pots. “How about these?”, he would ask. “What are you keeping all of these for?” Planting! Honestly, you need to have few extra clay pots on hand so when the urge, the need, to pot something up strikes, you’ve already got the pot. And that stack of plastic flats that’s a foot high? Occasionally, you need a flat to put some smaller pots in or, well, you know, you just need some flats.
All that old garden hose? I’ve cut some of it into small sections and laid those sections around the garden thinking that the rabbits might mistake them for snakes and stay away. (Just another “trick” I’ve tried to keep away rabbits. I think it works as well as the plastic owl in the garden, which means “not very well”.) Good garden hose sections just don’t grow on trees, so you have to keep some on hand.
I’ve never thought of my self as a collector. Collectors seek out specific items, they spend their days at flea markets and auctions looking for new items to add to their collection, they acquire their collectibles just “to have them”. I don’t do that!
I just buy garden tools and keep the pots and flats that come may way to use them in the garden. Yes, I refer to my hoes collectively as a collection, but it is hardly a collection, more like the essential tools of the trade, don’t you think?
(By the way, um… if you know of a type of hoe or any garden tool that I don’t have, that I should… um… have, let me know, okay? I might, um… want to get one, not because I collect hoes or garden tools, mind you, because I’m not really a collector, okay?)