Many of us, or shall I say all of us, are collectors without even realizing it half the time. I mentioned this in a previous post where I talked about finding the passion of collecting. Besides shoes and bed sheets and towels, I thought of another great example to prove that each and every one of us is a collector. It’s just human nature!
This example may not apply to everyone, because I know many people who rent rooms and own no kitchen appliances of their own, but collecting kitchen appliances is something every homeowner does and they do it subconsciously without even thinking about it.
While thinking of how we can collect appliances, like having a toaster, a microwave, a toaster oven, a fridge, a coffee maker, a blender, etc, I came up with a few other funny examples of things we collect without thinking:
- Health products
- Wall decorations
- Business cards
- And if you’re anything like my grand parents, children!
Even people in days of old collected kitchen utensils without consciously realizing they are collectors, like revealed in the image below:
Some people do collect kitchen appliances on purpose, like my friend who works for Appliance Repair Vancouver and keeps a bunch of extra appliances around his garage just in case he needs a certain appliance part or has to replace a client’s appliance altogether. He doesn’t collect appliances, however, for the same reasons that I collect dolls and old computers. He does it for his work and that’s understandable.
So with that out of the way, let’s not forget that subconscious collecting is part of human nature and there’s nothing wrong with it. Sometimes collecting can be a bad habit if you’re a murderer who collects faces, but that’s a rare example that I hope you don’t have to worry about. Collecting can also be a bad habit if you’re a hoarder. I saw on TV this one hoarder who had three fridges, four ovens, six washing machines and two washers because he was unable to throw away his broken appliances even when there was no hope of ever repairing them.
If you know of other things that homeowners collect subconsciously, I’d love to hear of them in the comments below!
I thought it was important to mention this today because obsessive collecting is something usually frowned upon in society because it’s seen as something people do by impulse and denotes lack of self control. This can be very true when people do online shopping and can’t stop themselves from buying a new purse or a mechanic tool to add to their collection. But sometimes these people don’t even call themselves collectors. They just say they love shopping. I wrote this blog post to help these people see that there’s nothing wrong with them. We’re all collectors!
And I’d really love to see a future where impulse collecting is praised rather than frowned upon. When we all realize it’s something we all do, the same reason why you have nearly a dozen appliances in your kitchen, perhaps collecting will be seen for what it really is–a fun, healthy habit!
And it’s not only people that collect things, it’s animals and corporations, too! It’s known that some birds are attracted to shiny things, like crows, and they’ll sometimes fill their nests with hacksilver because they’re naturally born collectors. Squirrels collect nuts to last them over the winter. Bears collect fat under their skin to do the same. And, like my grandparents, alpha lions collect children!
Appliances, whether they’re for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room, are something you see in every home and no one thinks twice to say, “Hey, you have a problem! Why do you have the need to collect all this stuff?”
In fact, it would be rather bizarre if someone said this, so why do we accept it when people call collecting bottle caps bizarre, or collecting dolls. Maybe you’re argument is that appliances make domestic living more comfortable and collecting dolls does not. But that’s only your argument because you don’t know what it’s like to be a conscious collector. For me, collecting dolls does make domestic living more comfortable. Indeed, if someone took my doll collection away, I would feel very, very uncomfortable, maybe even more uncomfortable than you would feel if someone took your microwave away because I have a strong passion when it comes to dolls, and I doubt you have a strong passion about your microwave.
Anyways, as usual this was just some food for thought. Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more!