Originally Posted by reine
Maybe not sick. It depends on what you mean. A psychological problem like OCD? I think the collecting bug can just get out of hand.
Your choice of language – "desperate" – has prompted me to post because I felt the same way and sometimes still do. Collecting anything can become a real problem if it reaches the point that you get uncomfortable or stressed about it.
From your post it seems that you are referring to hoarding that is not limited to frags. So I'll share a bit in the hopes this may help you or others.
I go through hoarding/purging spurts. Collecting frags is a recent interest, and I am trying to keep them under control. In my younger days the hoarding was really quite bad and it took some time to realize that I was living in a very organized mess. It became very uncomfortable physically and mentally.
If you feel that you live in a mess, consider the following:
A) Why do you hoard or obsessively collect something? For example, is it for 1) "future use"? Realistically, if you haven't used / read / touched it etc. in 6 months to a year, you never will. Really! 2) Collecting for emotional gratification? Things are just things and can't love you back. 3) For memories? Despite Kodak's best advertising, you really don't need all those reminders. Memories are most vivid in your own mind. 4) Are you afraid of a shortage? There will always be more. You might not think so, and it might take a little time, but when you run out a replacement will come your way.
So try to take a step back and look at why you're doing it, and try to address the root problem.
B) Have a vision of how you want the space around you to look like (clutter-free).
C) Start weeding out your spaces to make that vision a reality. Just start with one room. Take a few hours on the weekend and focus on it. Get some big boxes or garbage bags and be ruthless. Once finished for the day either donate it or take it out to the curb immediately. Next weekend, move on to the next space, and then the next. Step by step.
We are works in progress. Hope this helps someone out there.