How do you live with a collection, particularly when you're not the collector? If you are a collector, have you even thought about that question before? It's an important one.
A collection doesn't necessarily have to be large, or take up a lot of space, but the reality for a lot of collectors is that the collection is a noticeable presence in our homes and lives. It takes up space, often a good deal of space. How do you negotiate that space with the other people who share your space (or with yourself, for that matter)?
It was important to both of us that we come to this agreement. The last thing I wanted was for my collection to become the elephant in the room, so to speak, or in any way strain our relationship. Roomy wanted to respect my love of the collection, but that didn't necessarily mean she wanted to look at it every day. We compromised on that, and later we worked out how to share the Geek Cave when Roomy became a serious collector, as well.