When I tell people I have a lot of hobbies they mostly ask what they are and leave it at that. The more adventurous ones might wonder how I can afford it. Funny though, no one wonders where I keep it all.
I have written a couple of blogs about storage, but that’s common to all hobbyists. We’ve all got tools and supplies and various other equipment. It takes up space, but most of that is “out of the way” or stuffed into a closet. There is always room for that stuff. What nobody really stops to consider is what do you do with the finished products.
If you have a hobby that results in some finished product, you might want to display it. In some cases you’ve got to display it. Sure, you can give some of it away–some people do crafts that turn into Christmas presents. But, how many times do your family and friends want that stuff? If it is a quilt, you probably don’t mind having six or seven of them, but how many wool sweaters do you want? How many hooked rugs do you need? How many paint by numbers can adorn your walls?
Okay, some of these crafts are beautiful. Hence the reason I wrote that you’ve got to display them. Sometimes these crafts are so integral to your life that everyone expects to see them on display at your house. No problem there.
I, Jack of all hobbies, however, have so many hobbies, and do not often produce things of display quality. What do I do then?
Limits. I have limits. There are only so many of one thing that I can have before it needs to get pared down. If I make a good car model, it usually displaces a model I am less happy with (though some parts end up in the parts box for that diorama I am going to do someday). I’ve only go so much shelf space, and the better models make the bad ones look rather poor.
New magazines displace old ones–or more likely, deluxe editions of books put out by these magazine publishers displace the magazines. Realizing that they had me paying twice, I read the magazines at the library and only buy the books….but this is a topic for another day.
Train stuff….well, I can always make more room for train stuff. I am into N scale, and that doesn’t really take up a lot of room…..besides, you’ve got to have priorities, and you’ve got to rationalize.
Take my latest puzzle. I did it because I liked trains. I thought about putting it up over in the room where there will be a train…but then I realized that wall space was at a premium, and I had already done a couple of other train puzzles that I thought were better than this one. So what could I do? Despite my pack rat nature, I am going to pass this puzzle off to someone else who will have to figure out what to do with it once they are done.