I used to collect lots of things. When I was younger that was a favorite way to pass my time. I can’t imagine how much I spent on things like that. Like they say, hindsight is 20/20.
As I am striving to have a more minimalistic life I have already gotten rid of a lot of that stuff. There are currently two collections that I can think of that are still in my basement. I have a box with a bunch of Davey Allison souvenirs from my teens and early 20s when I was a big Nascar fan. I also have a box full of Mary’s Moo Moos. They are both going to a local auction house next month and will be awarded to the highest bidder.
Happily, I can say that I have no regrets about letting them go. Just because I have Davey Allison souvenirs doesn’t mean I am more of a fan than the next guy. Likewise, having a box of cow figures doesn’t prove that I love cows. I’ll still love them after the figurines are gone. As cute as they are my biggest memory of them is how dusty they used to get when they were displayed on shelves on my wall. It was such an ordeal to dust around each one that I put it off. Then I beat myself up for letting them get so dusty! I have no desire for that kind of negative energy in my house.
I think that collections are great if that’s your thing and they bring you joy, but for me it’s just something else to maintain or hide away in a box. My collection of memories and the peace of mind of a clutter-free space are what matters most to me these days.
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