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Post# 410804   6/22/2019 at 22:28 (286 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I started getting into collecting vacuums around 2011. I had acquired about 11 or 12 in that time. It doesn't seem like all that much but considering most of them are in my room and closet it was a lot. That combined with my OCD tendency to keep obtaining other things in general as well led to what I consider a hoarder mentality.

I've been working over the last month to get things cleaned out. Four bags of clothes have gone to Goodwill and some things have been donated to Habitat. just threw out some things today and got the trunk of my car full of more donations.

It has not been easy. There were memories and emotions tied to many of the things I got rid of. But I finally reached the point where it was causing me too much stress and I just found there was no reason to keep all this stuff. I was getting no joy from it, only worry and frustration. The stuff was getting in the way of life.

I'm planning not to get any more vacuums at this point and will probably cut my collection down by half. If I do get any more vacs it will be a model I'm really on the lookout for.

Really, I just want a small collection of vacuums I can realistically use. I don't need so many that I'll never use them. The problem is I was having multiples of things I don't need. To me that's clutter and makes it hard to clean, plus it all collects dust and requires dusting off.

I have a long way to go but I'm getting there. At least I'm in the right mindset now, and actually doing something rather than nothing about the issue is empowering.

It's more fun to actually be able to have floor space to vacuum and find the vacuums and things you have. I had so much stuff I'd forget where things were or forget i even had them.





Post# 410805 , Reply# 1   6/22/2019 at 22:51 (286 days old) by CMBCOOL01 (United States)        

Firstly congratulations on cleaning up sometimes it can be hard to let things go i think everyone struggles with that at some point, and i too as I've gotten more into this still keep in check because I don't want to go crazy with it, luckily i have family members whose vacuums i can borrow when I'm wanting to try something

I have a Kirby Diamond, a Hoover Windtunnel Self-propelled, and a really old crappy but gets the job done hoover steamvav and really outside of a concept one there's nothing else I'm really looking to get at the moment so i think it comes down to get what you really want not just whatever you see

Well anyway congratulations again and i wish you good luck


Post# 410808 , Reply# 2   6/23/2019 at 02:00 (286 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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It sounds like you are on the right path. Get rid of redundant things first, that's the easiest to decide on. Then over time you will figure out what else can really be gotten rid of without stressing over it.

I still keep a lot of things, as I have several other collections other than vacuums, but I just focus my collections more now, and keep what I really care about. I sell the rest of the stuff that's accumulated in my garage on eBay or donate it if it doesn't sell. Then I can have a lot more room and be able to see my collections without having them shoved away in a box and hidden in clutter.

I know it does get stressful on how to display and admire it in your house so that you can enjoy having it without the anxiety it entails. Especially with larger collections like vacuums.

I think the best analogy is to think of whatever collection you may be active in like a bonsai tree. It grows slowly and you have to take care of it each day so that it can become beautiful - but also prune it a tiny bit every now and then so it stays small and manageable without taking over the space given to it.

But just remember, you are in control of your own life, not the TV or people around you, so it's only just yourself who can decide what you want to do, and I think that is the best way to overcome it. Good luck!


Post# 410816 , Reply# 3   6/23/2019 at 08:24 (285 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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At one time my dream was a room with a vacuum display. I wanted one of everything a Kirby, Rainbow, Electrolux, the classic Hoovers, Eurekas, etc.

Then I realized that wasn't what I needed or wanted.

I think my problem like a lot of us who start collecting was I'd just see a vacuum on here and find one and buy it. Then I realized I didn't really need it. And I bought some vacuums that really needed work and weren't worth fixing up.

Now I'm slimming down to certain kinds of vacuums. I'm keeping my vintage metal Hoovers like my Slimline and Constellation. I'd like to have a Convertible but even though a few have turned up this year after a long time, I haven't yet. I'd also like an Air Revolve, a self Propelled Windtunnel. I'm telling myself though that I really don't, because I won't use them.

One day I'd like a Kirby as well, but those take up quite a bit of space with their attachment kits, and again will I ever use it?

So I'm mostly keeping vacuums that are either very unique like Constellation, Bissell Lift Off, or are machines I really like such as my Kenmore Progressive TOL upright and canister, Home Cleaning System, etc.

I collect lighting and fans as well, so those take up space too. Not as big as vacuums though. I can pack my lighting into storage bins, but then I forget all about it. lol

eBay was another problem for me. Once I got credit cards, I could order anything I wanted, and I'm trying to curb that also, unless it's just small items.


Post# 410819 , Reply# 4   6/23/2019 at 09:33 (285 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Yes, getting rid of stuff you've collected is hard. A couple of years ago, I started accumulating electrical test equipment, mainly volt ohm meters (aka multimeters or multitesters) and a couple of months ago, I came to the startling realization that I had fifty of them!!! I decided a good start would be to put half of them up for sale on eBay and I've sold most of those but I still have too many and I'm getting ready to list some more. Of course, the decisions get harder the more I sell. My ultimate goal would be to keep maybe a dozen. Meanwhile, I'm also selling off my late father's toy collection, mostly Lionel electric trains, model cars and associated accessories. He never could bring himself to liquidate the collection and so my brother-in-law and I both listing stuff. It's tough to keep up the momentum, especially while working at a full time job. Retirement for me is still a little over a decade away and I'm seeing that selling this junk off is going to end up being a giant retirement project.

Post# 410889 , Reply# 5   6/25/2019 at 11:35 (283 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It's like, one day you look at it all and say,

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"How? When? Why?......... I know I have MULTIPLES of certain things. Some have gone to other people. Some, I've kept, because I like them, and want them. I only collect anything from The Hoover Company. Other "species" have managed to arrive here. I think almost ALL of them have now moved on.
There's a plan, I believe, for the convention to come to my hometown in a while. THAT, hopefully, will be the premiere opportunity to see the right things go. There really aren't many "must haves" on my list. But, then, again, something might pop up. You never know.
I AM working on preparing the HOOVER Gallery. The end of summer is my goal.


Post# 417650 , Reply# 6   12/27/2019 at 20:51 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Well it's been six months since I made this thread, and well, not much happened after that as far as getting rid of stuff.

But now I have several days off for the holidays and once again I am at it. More stuff is going to Habitat and Goodwill tomorrow. I finally decided after moving stuff to clean both under and around it as well as the items themselves I have no need for this stuff. So out it is going.

The clutter to me just causes anxiety and leads to a cluttered mind. That's where I am right now, so time to let it go.


Post# 417662 , Reply# 7   12/28/2019 at 06:02 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Good luck to you

I think you are going to succeed at this, I've read your posts for some time now. Almost always I see you saying things like, "I had to pass on it, there's just no more room." You're not in denial, you're always aware of current available real estate and like me you've paired down what you do buy. I'm holding the line at 50, and really If I reduced all the duplicates to one each,that would drop the count to around 30. I don't actively go looking for vacuums anymore, but I do know that if I see a rare one or a Kirby put out on the curb or destined for the land fill I will take it and re-home it. My friend says that I've become a vacuum sanctuary where abused and neglected vacuums come to live out their remaining lives in relative comfort! I'm wondering if and how many collectors with large inventory or small have given thought to what they would like to see happen with their collections should God forbid anything unexpected take them before they had time to parcel them out. Like to other collectors or museums and the like. You never know . Family may not know or even care about what to do with your collection and what a waste for all those years and the money spent to be scraped or whatever. So anyway, I hope you meet your goals this holiday season and have a Happy New Year! Billy

Post# 417663 , Reply# 8   12/28/2019 at 06:04 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Good luck to you

I think you are going to succeed at this, I've read your posts for some time now. Almost always I see you saying things like, "I had to pass on it, there's just no more room." You're not in denial, you're always aware of current available real estate and like me you've paired down what you do buy. I'm holding the line at 50, and really If I reduced all the duplicates to one each,that would drop the count to around 30. I don't actively go looking for vacuums anymore, but I do know that if I see a rare one or a Kirby put out on the curb or destined for the land fill I will take it and re-home it. My friend says that I've become a vacuum sanctuary where abused and neglected vacuums come to live out their remaining lives in relative comfort! I'm wondering if and how many collectors with large inventory or small have given thought to what they would like to see happen with their collections should God forbid anything unexpected take them before they had time to parcel them out. Like to other collectors or museums and the like. You never know . Family may not know or even care about what to do with your collection and what a waste for all those years and the money spent to be scraped or whatever. So anyway, I hope you meet your goals this holiday season and have a Happy New Year! Billy

Post# 417690 , Reply# 9   12/28/2019 at 15:01 by gregvacs28 (space coast)        

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It can be difficult at times.  We get entrenched with some thing and we just stay stuck.  I've seen it and I've done it.  

It can be just small things that we later look back at and say 'why did it seem so difficult to change that light bulb?' or something similar.

 

 


Post# 418305 , Reply# 10   1/8/2020 at 10:40 by gdc76 (Philadelphia)        
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I'm praying for you fan-of-fans, I think you are going to make it. To me, nothing feels as good as coming home to my clean house with everything in order. Kirbyklecter, you are very sweet to be so caring. And you are correct about what happens to your stuff when you are gone. I see it all the time, the kids don't know the value of anything nor do they want it. If I were to tell my children they could have my beautiful walnut dining set, they wouldn't want it. They don't want anything that requires maintenance. They would rather have IKEA. This is a throw away society. The best thing to do with your stuff is to sell it while you are living to people who really want it! Let us know how it goes.

Geraldine


Post# 418308 , Reply# 11   1/8/2020 at 11:05 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Geraldine

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You are so right.
A lot of people want "new, sleek, etc".
I've made it very clear what to do with my collection................ HOW to liquidate it, etc.
I told Tom, (Ohio), if he gets a "call"........... he'll know exactly how to help my heirs.
As far as the house, or, "palace", as some others have called it, there are things people have already "asked for". I tell them, "Sadly, for you, I feel fine". lol





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