In today's world, minimalism takes the spotlight—it's all about keeping only what's essential and decluttering the rest. There can be a lot of societal shame around hoarding as having an excess of stuff can be seen as unnecessary.
While a minimalist approach makes sense for homes with limited space, the beauty of sheds is that they offer extra room to store the things that you truly cherish. If you have the space to safely store your items, hoarding can be a positive and enriching experience for many reasons:
1. Emotional Attachment
Hoarding often stems from sentimental attachments to objects. These items may hold memories or have personal significance. Embracing this emotional connection can provide a sense of comfort and nostalgia.
2. Creative Expression
A hoarder's collection can be a unique form of creative expression. Happiness can be found in using old items to create something new or to create a space for people to enjoy.
Since the 1950s, 72-year-old Roslyn Reynolds has been captivated by railways. She has used her creativity to set up her model train set stored in her shed in the Blue Mountains and shares the joy of railways with hundreds of visitors each year.
Hoarders tend to be resourceful individuals who see potential in items that others might discard. This mindset can contribute to sustainability by reducing unnecessary waste and encouraging a more mindful approach to consumption.
4. Historical Preservation
Some hoarders inadvertently become stewards of history by preserving items that might otherwise be lost to time.
Ron Dehne keeps his collection of tractors, ranging from models dating back to the 1920s to some of Ford's final productions in the early 1990s, in a renovated fruit-packing shed on his Nyah property in north-west Victoria.
5. Personal Connection
Hoarding fosters a deep personal connection with possessions, allowing individuals to surround themselves with a tangible representation of their identity and life experiences.
Tim is a retired Australian Freestyle BMX rider who has taken his love for collecting to the next level with an awe-inspiring collection of vehicles housed in an enormous, state-of-the-art shed from Sheds n Homes. Watch his full story here
While there are potential benefits to hoarding, it's essential to strike a balance and avoid excessive accumulation that can lead to safety hazards or negatively impact one's quality of life. The key is to find harmony between preserving what matters and maintaining a functional living space. So, here's to the hoarders who challenge societal norms and find value in the uniqueness of their collections!
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