Crystal Hoarding | Part 2
In case you missed Part 1 of this 2 part blog series here’s the link for you: 9 Signs You May be a Crystal Hoarder, Part 1
Listen. I don’t want to “should” on you.
If you feel that being a Crystal Hoarder is perfect for your life path then who am I to tell you any different?
You have to try to go with what your heart is telling you is right for you. Your heart always knows exactly what is perfect for you…and what’s perfect for your living space. 😉
But if this whole “hoarding” thing is bothering you; thinking that you could possibly be in that “hoarder” category…or maybe you’re someone who is just now looking around & realizing that maybe you’ve been over-collecting without even knowing it (perhaps on the verge of hoarding?)…then let’s look at some steps you can take to get that crystal collection back under control.
6 Tips to Control your Crystal “Clutter” & get out of “Hoarding” Energy
1. Assess & Inventory
- Do you have so many crystals that you could open up your own store? (*hey! there’s an idea if you’re an action-taker!*)
- Do you have stones that you don’t even remember purchasing?
If so, you’ve probably been more focused on the acquiring aspect rather than actually putting the crystals to good use.
And don’t get me wrong; I know how tempting it can be to buy whatever crystal might strike your fancy.
But be intentional with your purchases. Instead of buying the first thing that catches your eye, take a mental inventory first.
2. Take a physical inventory of your specimens
If you have a large collection, take the time now to go through it. You may find yourself discovering crystals you didn’t even realize you had!
By doing a good job at this & knowing exactly what you already have, you might just realize that you already have one—or even several!—crystals that you could utilize in place of something you’re thinking about purchasing…a suitable alternative. So you don’t really NEED to buy that crystal.
3. Organize your crystals
Keep Pile– Have one pile that you’re going to keep. These are the crystals that you know you’ll use or that have very special meaning to you.
Get Rid of Pile– The other pile can be crystals that you don’t anticipate using any time in the foreseeable future; that you don’t feel a connection with and wouldn’t mind letting go of. You might choose to sell, trade, or gift them to someone (or to Mama Earth)….more on this in a bit.
The sorting that you do here is actually another special bonding experience you’ll have with your crystals…even those you’re planning on parting ways with.
And the time you dedicate to this activity is an opportunity to not only clean out, but really dive in & get organized with your Crystal Collection. Have fun with this, but stay focused on your priorities!
4. Be Mindful Before You Buy
- What do you plan to do with this crystal?
- How are you going to use it?
This might seem like it’s taking some of the fun out of buying—but in being mindful first, you’ll keep yourself from making unnecessary purchases & feel really good about the crystals you do very selectively choose to buy.
Take some time to ask yourself:
- What is it that you really need?
- What crystals are going to enhance your capabilities as a healer or in doing self-healing?
- What are your specific goals with the crystals you currently have, and with any crystals you might possess in the future?
*Sparkle Tip* Journal or jot down your answers. This can help you remember & keep your goals in mind to avoid future impulse crystal purchases.
5. Shopping Tips
Something else you might find helpful is to set a budget. And once you set it, commit yourself to sticking to it! This could be a monthly crystal budget or a set limit you impose on yourself before hitting a gem show. Let others know your budget too so they can hold you accountable.
This goes hand-in-hand with being mindful—when you have a set amount of money that you’re going to allow yourself to spend, you’ll want to really consider where you’re putting that money.
6. Purge the Excess
For crystals that are badly damaged or bits & pieces that have chipped off, I like to make an offering by giving them back to the Earth by simply planting them in the soil & letting them become part of the Rock Cycle once more.
Gifting crystals to others is such a heartfelt & beautiful experience for the giver & the receiver. Giving one of your crystals to someone can open that person up to a whole new world of sparkles! It’s a feel good way to lighten your load and share the love of crystals at the same time. Sometimes I like to leave little crystals with a cute note in unexpected places for people to find later: on a park bench or in my cubbie at my exercise class. 🙂
Here I was having some Lemurian points blessed to boost their life force energy on the altar of an ancient Hawaiian heiau (sacred place). I had purchased way too many of them & gifted almost all of them away, while leaving one behind there on the altar…
Sometimes, I decide to sell my overabundance of crystals. (This is how I started selling on Etsy back in 2009. And look at where that road has led to now!! I know…insane, right?)
Perhaps they are crystals I never really bonded with & I purchased with the precise intention of selling (**that’s how I dangerously justify the purchases to myself at times…watch out for that one!), but they just ended up hanging around longer than they should have. I tend to do that a lot these days since I only get around to selling about once or twice a year now.
You may be thinking…
What if you regret selling or gifting them later?
Yes, I’ve regretted selling off or gifting out certain pieces.
BUT!…I prepared for it. I knew that would be the case & was at peace with it. If you go into selling or gifting knowing that you’ll probably also bump into some regret then it’s not as big a deal when it hits you.
You already knew you’d have a few regrets possibly pop up.
You can handle them more easily when you’re prepared for them, Lima Bean. 😉
You know what really helps me? Having photos of my crystals that I’ve parted ways with. I can look at them longingly whenever I want to and remember their beauty & know that I made the absolute right decision & that those crystals are now with exactly who they were meant to be with.
In fact, here…let me show one that I have mega regrets about & think back on all the time.
This Smokey Quartz & Citrine Double Terminated Penetrator Twin with Rainbows…
GEO GEEK ALERT: Let me just take a sec to tell you WHY this piece is so special: B/c its an amazing feat of geology! Here you see a Double Terminated Penetrator Twin that got fractured during its growth process & self healed while turning into golden citrine only above the fracture while growing into another smokey quartz! Yep…freakin’ AMAZING & I’ve never seen anything like it! Not to mention all the astounding rainbows that are in this specimen.
So, a few years ago I sold that to a dear sweet soul & I KNOW that crystal is with exactly who it was meant for. I was simply the “foster parent” to facilitate that beautiful union & was honored to do so. 🙂
PLUS! I have photos I can always look at. That makes all this selling stuff a whole lot easier for me; having the photos to look at any time I like. I can even use the photos to tap into the energy of that piece as well!
You can def. do the crystal selling thing too if you wish to…the internet, eBay & Facebook just make it all so freakin’ easy. You can do it!
**But only take this on if you know you’re an action-taker! If you tend to say you’ll do stuff but never actually get around to it then stay away from this option.
Orrrr…you may like to do what I did recently to clear out your stash…
My De-stash for Charity Post/Video
The highest bidder ended up bidding $500 so Hibiscus Moon, LLC matched that with $500 and together we donated the $1K total to 1 of the wonderful charities that we, as a company support, the National Wildlife Federation (this charity was chosen by a community vote to decide who it would go to).
A win-win all around!
Maybe you could do something similar and it will make you feel really good that so much good is coming from you clearing out space. 🙂
Yeah it was hard for me to do, but I just kept reminding myself that:
simplicity is the path to peace.
By de-cluttering, I’m creating more space for other things & energies to come into my life. Clutter of any sort can cause energy to stagnate. After de-cluttering your crystal stash…you’ll see.
You’ll get this enormous sense of clarity, lightness & freedom. Peace of mind comes from a clutter-free environment.
And passing the crystal-love on is good.
And charity is good! I know I’ll be doing this cycle again & again in my crystal work/collecting.
BTW, prehnite (below) is a gemstone that is known to help people who hoard possessions.
Then again…isn’t that stone that Sharon added to her collection in that Crystal Hoarder video from part 1?
Hmmmm, forget I said that. 😉
Are you ready to take these steps to get out of hoarding-energy, de-clutter & mindfully move forward as a Crystal Lover? Are you willing to release the crystals that you no longer need, or you feel belong with someone else? You can do it, Crystal Hottie! Please share your journey with us in the comments below.
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