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Ripping off the Collecting BandageRipping off the Collecting BandageDiary

TragicalTragical7 månader sedan
Hello, MFC!

The new year has been full of highs and lows for me. I spent much of January moping around, my only comforts being a heated blanket and a snuggly dog. Although I did post a blog entry on here describing my hopelessness and lost sense of self, I eventually felt it was too dramatic and deleted it out of embarrassment. I didn't like the way I presented myself, and maybe I'm being too self-critical, but it just felt like a memory I didn't want to keep. My only regret was losing all the comments with support, encouragement, and advice. It meant a lot to me, and I won't forget members of MFC being there for me when I felt very alone. So, thank you! ♥

It seems like I can't go long without nitpicking my collection, whether it be the physical objects themselves or simply the thoughts around them. Having my individuality shaken so much last month really left me in a place to wonder about many things. Who am I? What do I like? How do the things around me portray who I am as a person? What do these things do for me? Why do I want these things? What does my ideal living space look like? I could go on, but you get the idea.

I've always idealized smaller, more intimate collections. Though I love the passionate images of shrines and entire rooms cloaked in an individual's interests, there's always been something about the quiet, subtle inserts of collectibles in an otherwise normal room which speaks to me. I have also dreamed of a more minimalist, tidy space and I have no doubt this has subconsciously influenced and clashed with my collecting habits. I am essentially fighting against what was nurtured into me growing up (accumulate! consume!), so it hasn't been easy even though many of the things I've let go haven't been missed. And it's definitely a road I want to continue on.

So I'm ripping off the bandage! As of this moment, I have 19 items from the database on a list to sell later. And I have been selecting things from the other part of my collection to put up for sale, too. It's more difficult as I'm still in the process of moving, but I'm pretty excited for another wave of getting rid of clutter. It will put me closer to the cozy, small collection of things I really, really love...at least that's what I hope!

Thanks for tuning into my cathartic rambles, and I hope everyone enjoys their Wonfes weekend!
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
dollbyn7 månader sedan#75338375Lol, I have also filled many boxes with old knick-knacks, clothes, and many other things cluttering my space after watching her series. And when I sell my figures, I feel like I am also passing them on to someone who will appreciate and enjoy them in a way.
I definitely agree! Collectibles should be the cherry on top of a nice living space. :)


Exactly, i know they will appreciate them too if not more :)
Exactly that :) so at most 3 display cases in a room for me :) preferably less.
Yeah i cleaned an awful lot. This weekend i will look through my clothes again, a lot i dont rlly enjoy anymore or want to replace :) lots of stuff that can be regifted or thrown away too ^^
7 månader sedan
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
dollbyn7 månader sedan#75338375Lol, I have also filled many boxes with old knick-knacks, clothes, and many other things cluttering my space after watching her series. And when I sell my figures, I feel like I am also passing them on to someone who will appreciate and enjoy them in a way.
I definitely agree! Collectibles should be the cherry on top of a nice living space. :)


Exactly, i know they will appreciate them too if not more :)
Exactly that :) so at most 3 display cases in a room for me :) preferably less.
Yeah i cleaned an awful lot. This weekend i will look through my clothes again, a lot i dont rlly enjoy anymore or want to replace :) lots of stuff that can be regifted or thrown away too ^^
7 månader sedan
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
dollbyn7 månader sedan#75338375Lol, I have also filled many boxes with old knick-knacks, clothes, and many other things cluttering my space after watching her series. And when I sell my figures, I feel like I am also passing them on to someone who will appreciate and enjoy them in a way.
I definitely agree! Collectibles should be the cherry on top of a nice living space. :)


Exactly, i know they will appreciate them too if not more :)
Exactly that :) so at most 3 display cases in a room for me :) preferably less.
Yeah i cleaned an awful lot. This weekend i will look through my clothes again, a lot i dont rlly enjoy anymore or want to replace :) lots of stuff that can be regifted or thrown away too ^^
7 månader sedan
chronicvillainy7 månader sedan#75321442This was a very interesting read, and of course I'm glad you're doing well and moving forward.
I can relate to your reflection on this collection hobby. I went through the same thing and began decluttering a lot, and began to adopt a somewhat minimalist mindset. Though I wouldn't consider myself a 'full' minimalist, it's been very helpful in determining what I want to do with my stuff, my space, my disposable income, and by extension, my collection(s). I prefer a smaller collection as well, to have a designated spot in the room that doesn't clutter up the rest of the space. I'm not entirely there yet, though, but that's alright.

Thank you! It seems we are pretty like-minded. It's very difficult to be fully minimalist in a consumerist culture, so even being mindful of what you have is something to be proud of. I wish you the best in getting to where you want to be with your collection! ♥
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WarehouseKid97 månader sedan#75320715Just adding to the pile, I'm glad you're doing well and moving forward! Keep it up! It takes a lot to reflect upon yourself, and even more to seek the help you need. I'm glad you're making progress!
Thank you so much! Words of encouragement are always appreciated! :)
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Chloe-tsundere7 månader sedan#75320442Same here I enjoyed Netflix series of her and made me realize how much stuff I got. I actually packed a lot and gave it to charity like clothes and such :) felt really good.
Yeah it should be pleasing to the eye and compliment the rest of the room, that's my criteria at least. It shouldn't be overwhelming. Now since I got a bf who isn't into anime I'm even more considering.

Lol, I have also filled many boxes with old knick-knacks, clothes, and many other things cluttering my space after watching her series. And when I sell my figures, I feel like I am also passing them on to someone who will appreciate and enjoy them in a way.

I definitely agree! Collectibles should be the cherry on top of a nice living space. :)
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leith7 månader sedan#75319587Hi, I'm glad you're feeling better and please don't feel bad about sharing here because I think your problem is relatable and your writings are so heartfelt.
I also lean toward a minimalist/cleaner look you described. Like the figures just blend in, being an extension and not the defining feature of the room. I tried to achieve that by assigning a specific place to display and keeping some space free from figures (however tempting it may be) to avoid clutter. I also like to give enough space for the figures and keep the scale consistent.
Regarding the number of figures though, I'm relatively new on this hobby and had my first setback last year. I'd been accumulating figures up to that point but kept them unboxed because of space issues. The feeling of anticipation was great and it was exciting imagining the display possibilities. Then I got a shelf for them, I was happy for a while but suddenly felt uneasy seeing how fast it was filled and ended up with no space. Also, the previous feeling just vanished and it's kind of scary thinking I still had more figures to buy. Fortunately, I'd heard a similar story before and could cope by distancing myself for a while. My plan for this year is to buy what's remaining on my wishlist and call it a day. Also I've been wanting to get back to other hobbies that have been neglected since I began collecting.
Ah that's very interesting! I'm curious about that as well.
I think it goes beyond the fondness for series/character because there is a lot of fans that don't bother with collecting figures. Then there are people like me who just collect without particular affinity to the source material. I guess we're all just different and that's a wonderful thing ^^

I think being more interested in interior design has definitely fueled into my feelings. Like you, I'm trying to give pieces space to not only showcase them properly, but to create a cleaner visual display.

Lol, so many people fall into similar buying habits! It seems really common for those new to the hobby to pour themselves into it trying to keep up with new stuff while trying to hunt down older things, too. I know I certainly did. But the great thing about it is you can always downsize! I've considered myself "done" with collecting so many times and, as long as you're involved, I'm not sure how easy it is to truly be finished. Because you never know what will be released or if something which sparked interest in you will become another dead novelty on the shelf. So, for me, it is more something which has become flux with things coming and going.

Collecting as a whole is a very intriguing topic. I eventually wanted to write a topic on it for MFC, though I got sidetracked by the holidays and personal struggles. Maybe it's something I can get back to once my living situation is secure again.
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Cloudberry7 månader sedan#75319572Horray, that's a great relief to hear that you're seeking help and you're taking steps to chase your ideals and happiness \^.^/
Your collection is your collection, even if it's small, it all comes down to your happiness. To me, even with a small collection can just be as powerful as those wall-to-wall detolfs of figures — your collection is what makes you happy and not make you stress out about the RL.

Thank you for the kind words! Collecting has been a bumpy road and while I have felt satisfied with larger collections, I noticed as soon as I started downsizing, it was like a breath of fresh air. That's how I knew a smaller collection was for me! ♥
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This was a very interesting read, and of course I'm glad you're doing well and moving forward.

I can relate to your reflection on this collection hobby. I went through the same thing and began decluttering a lot, and began to adopt a somewhat minimalist mindset. Though I wouldn't consider myself a 'full' minimalist, it's been very helpful in determining what I want to do with my stuff, my space, my disposable income, and by extension, my collection(s). I prefer a smaller collection as well, to have a designated spot in the room that doesn't clutter up the rest of the space. I'm not entirely there yet, though, but that's alright.
7 månader sedan
Just adding to the pile, I'm glad you're doing well and moving forward! Keep it up! It takes a lot to reflect upon yourself, and even more to seek the help you need. I'm glad you're making progress!
7 månader sedan
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