Too Much Stuff: Accumulating, Decorating & Collecting, Part Six

What happens when the stuff is of such a quantity and volume that it becomes “too much”?

Among Accumulators, this problem simply doesn’t exist. There’s no such thing as having “too much stuff.”

Accumulators view too much stuff as analogous to those other horrible problems: Having too much fun. Or: being too good looking. Or: having too much money.

Awful though each may seem, few regard any as a problem. Many, in fact, seem to actively chase one, the other, or all of them.

Decorators – the professionals and the novices alike – are unlikely to encounter the problem of too much stuff, though for reasons different from those of the Accumulators.

“Edit.” “Thin.” “Refine.” All are catchwords for the Decorator. For them, “too much” means the excess blocks the field of vision for the objects that “count.” Or “matter.” To someone.

Or maybe it’s just another opportunity to again hire the decorator. Get someone in there (one’s home, office, man cave) to bring order to the chaos. Or, perhaps, an opportunity to assign oneself an activity.

Decorators recognize the problem. As does anyone who’s ever entered a 12-step program.

Collectors, on the third hand, ought not have the “too much stuff” problem.

Constantly vigilant, always refining, increasingly discriminating, Collectors are Constitutionally required (OK, I exaggerate) to nurture, hone, and enhance their collections.

Nurturing and enhancing often take the empirical form of paying money: you want the good stuff, you gotta pay up. Plan on spending. And more than what you did for the previous item.

Honing is a function of connoisseurship. Expertise. Knowledge. An ability to contextualize.

A recent Associated Press feature by John Rogers reports on one collector’s dream: a museum to house his collection of TV memorabilia. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/25/the-comisar-of-tv-kitsch-from-spocks-ears-to-jrs-b/

The estimated cost: $35 million.

Happy New Year!

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