Originally Posted by cornlily
I'm finding it useful to list every perfume I have. The chart I've made connects me with the reality of my purchases -- and the list has other obvious uses, as I enjoy researching each fragrance. I haven't been listing the prices and the dates bought, but I may add that, just to keep me aware of what I'm spending.
I am lucky that I met up with a Basenotes member early, and saw how he organized his collection on paper. It really *has* helped me keep track of what I have, and to whom I've given things. Even if not organized in other areas of my life, he got me on the right track with this area!
Originally Posted by msveronica9
I'm not generally an addictive personality (I don't drink or smoke) but I do have a tendency to over-indulge in material posessions. My mother is a hoarder (and her father was too) - so I think I am dealing with a 'hoarding gene' :-(
I am most certain that the hoarding gene runs in my family. And what's odd is that I realized, most of my friends have hoarding tendencies as well. Example, a friend of mine's father has an entire barn full of car and farm machinery parts. Does he farm? No. Does he repair cars? No. He hoards them!!!
And, my godfather, well, he doesn't hoard, per se. But he has all sorts of eclectic hobbies. Raising tilapia, but not eating them. Engraving eggs, raising bees for honey, etc. The thing is, he actually does those things. I procrastinate. For example, saved an old water heater once, hoping to get a welder, so I could make a giant wasp. Never happened, mainly because I didn't have the power in my house for a welder. I blew a fuse once, just running the microwave at the same time as the coffee maker and rice cooker.
I'm not sure what drives me to do these things, but I do know that my dad does it too. He once went out and bought a whole bunch of hunting gear because his boss asked him to go hunting. I think he went hunting one time. And then he had to sell it all because he hated it. He didn't hoard it though.
Quilting. I got it into my head I would try quilting. That totally did not go well.
Knitting. Tried that. Hated it. Now I have balls and balls of yarn. (Anyone want them?)
Perfume. I still love perfume, at least the ones I have kept. I do believe I went a little overboard when I joined Basenotes four years ago. I think it was because, before I knew about this web forum, I could never find anything I liked! And then I met some Basenotes members who have similar tastes as mine. And, I realized, that perfumes *do* exist that I like!
And then came the realization that I don't need to have *EVERY* single perfume I like.