Today’s title is part of the first line of a poem by Henry Reed
Handicrafts and Hoarders
Always done bits of craft type activity and been interested in constructing ‘things’.
Belong to a generation where knitting, sewing, crochet and tatting were still being done widely, (well not so widely on the tatting). I have to admit all this was beginning to die out, outside the classroom, by the time I was in my mid‑teens, as so much could be bought off the peg – and homemade became a dirty word – yes, even with reference to cakes and scones.
“The way we were”
For my parent’s generation it had been bragging to be able to go out and buy ready-made, and you didn’t brag – (unless it was a suit for the special occasion). Being born at the very end of the 40s and growing up in the 50s, the attitudes remained with me, and we made things. Often from other things.
It’s possible that now we all possibly need to start scratching around for the know-how to do this again. I know, where do we find the time? We always did before when, for some, working weeks were longer etc, etc, yaddi, yaddi, yah; so why not now?
It’s possible the biggest problem about is not so much where to find the info. It’s the subsequent need to become hoarders of useful things.
Oh, yes, our house is full of things that will come in (come in handy). Do we all have room for the shed at the bottom of the garden or the attic for workshop and storage? Away with the rumble room, I say! Use it for storage – and possibly the odd mouse trap.
There are many sites out there with advice on how to stop hoarding. Some are dealing with the sort of compulsion that saves every newspaper since the turn of whatever century, so that one ends up with no life and no room in which to live it. I can see that this type of obsession and inertia can be a big problem on oh, so many fronts.
But there are others who seem to want to stop all hoarding. Hoarding being entirely nasty in any form. Sites that try to shame because hoarding is embarrassing the family. Any hoarding?
Is this not looking at it backwards? Firstly when is it hoarding and when is it storing? In the present climate of how to reduce waste, shouldn’t the advice be directed at suggesting what to hoard/store and how to make sure what you are hoarding does have a future life? We’re not talking hoarding broken stuff you intend to mend “someday”. No. But we are talking about something that, rather than go into landfill, may have a new life because the parts just might be of use to make something else that you actually have in mind! I’m not suggesting we risk blowing ourselves up with electrical equipment cannibalised and misused. Perhaps we could start by looking at all that packaging that comes through the door with your purchases?
Today’s social stigma is making something out of something else, making do. Much too much like ‘Blue Peter’ and “what! can’t you afford the real thing?”. How ever do we do a turnaround on that?
(Now climbing down from soap box before I’m pushed)
For uses of the hoard – see “Come on up to the house” – Entrance hallway