As recent readers are aware, I recently swapped out desks. Doing so gave me a chance to sort through my top desk drawer.
It turns out that I have a lot of pens. I mean a LOT. Jetpens during the pandemic is definitely part of the problem. Trying to find the perfect pen for Postcards to Voters (Pilot Multiball, btw), and also starting a paper planner on nice Moleskine paper, these also contributed.
But before pens, it was hand sanitizer. And masks. I have more of either than I will ever use (though I did manage to give away a lot of the excess masks– I hope fancy hand sanitizer will still work as a class prize Fall semester…).
I think I just have a problem!
I was talking to my friend who has a candle problem and asked what I should collect now that I owned all the hand sanitizer in the world and certainly did not need any more pens (and I’m allergic to candles and a lot of kinds of makeup). It turns out that at some point in my life I have collected almost everything she suggested.
Purses: that stopped in college when I lost all my IDs by leaving my purse in a classroom.
Shoes: I have not collected these but I am super picky and have to try them on.
Cat Decor: I did this most of elementary/middle school.
Video games: DH collects these and has more than he will ever be able to play.
Jewelry: I stopped this in middle school after my sister destroyed all of my necklaces and I was sad.
Dolls: My sister collected these. I had two. This was another thing of mine she occasionally destroyed.
Stuffed animals: DC2 collects these.
Nail Polish: I had my phase in middle school.
Fish: I cannot keep anything alive that does not tell me when it is hungry. See also plants.
Actual cats: See Cat Saga.
Socks: This one is tempting and I’ve sort of started doing it. The problem is that I don’t actually wear socks much– I’m either in tights or sandals most of the time. I rarely wear tennis shoes or hiking boots, which are my only shoes that actually accommodate socks.
It’s not about things, per-se, though it has been things during the pandemic to a much greater extent than usual.
I just like sets. I like completing things. I like trying things and trying them all. I don’t actually need to own all the pens, but I wanted to try them out. Libraries are great for this– I can try books and then only buy the ones I really liked and will read again.
We go through cookbooks systematically from start to finish. During the pandemic at the grocery story I will try one of every kind of a category. Like Fizzy water or chocolate with almonds or fancy ice creams. Sometimes I’ll just type in a word in the search like “pistachio” or “mango” and just get all the random stuff that comes up. Or like, “German” which is how I found my new favorite brand of muesli (that doesn’t come up when you look up Muesli because it’s spelled differently!). I’ve tried most of the non-candy stuff at nuts.com (and pretty much all of the chocolate candy with nuts or fruit in it).
It is probably better to stick with gazingus pins that are edible or returnable. To complete collections of experiences instead of things that clutter or drain the pocketbook.
I woke up with the certainty that I should start collecting cute paperclips.
In the mean time, the kids get to take fancy pens to school next Fall and I won’t be fussed if they lose them.
What do you collect? Do you systematically go through anything? Have these habits changed throughout the pandemic for you?