Well, it is officially the dawn of Garage Sale season!
A long winter hiding from the rain, snow and wind, can encourage behavior like hoarding. I live with such a hoarder...ahem- collector.
He really does have an eye for treasures, I wont argue with that, but in my mind, what makes these things valuable is our ability to admire and appreciate them. His collections have an entire room dedicated to them, but not in the way you might expect. It's not a retreat, or place of solitude, where one could retire at the end of a arduous day, to be amongst things which renew the spirit... No. It's a room where his assemblage of treasures simply accumulate in stacks, piles, and mounds, usually in the bag or box they came in. Never to be seen again. It's too bad really, because there is some really interesting stuff in there.
The spring time goal is to clear out some of the no longer need things in the rest of the house, so that maybe some of the hidden booty in the back room can get a little air time. We are going to have a garage sale.
And if on the off chance we can't find new loving homes for all four of the old (working) TV's in the garage (for example), I have found the perfect solution.
It's called Freecycle.
Freecycles' mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling it's members to benefit from the strength of a larger community. It acts like a bulletin board of sorts where you can list items that are no longer useful to you, and someone who would like them can arrange to come and get them, or you can request an item that you could make use of. So Cool!