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We have company coming for a couple days the weekend after next. I would like to tell you I'm super together and organized -- I would like to tell you that.

Currently, I am tasked with making sense of the upstairs bathroom. The house that Bath and Bodyworks uses as another warehouse. I have shelves upon shelves, upon shelves of the stuff. Well, okay, 4 shelves. If I organize them by scent, it looks nice, but it's not practical, so now I have them arranged by order of use -- bubblebath, scrub, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving lotion, for the two shelves above the tub. Next, lotions, moisturizers, lotions, lotions, lotions... Then, perfumes, colognes, body sprays.

So, now it's practical, but looks -- in it's less color-codedness what it is -- excessive. Especially since the shelves are so full.

I've winnowed out the products I don't like and will give them away. Still, I think I need to hide some of them and find a girly-stuff 12 step program.

Did I mention one of these guests is also my financial adviser? And he's family, but at the moment it's all about the former. :)

I've already stashed away a lot of candles. How many? Well, let's just say that I like stuff that stinks pretty and is flame-y.

But here's the good part, some of my book-buying habits are not hidden on my Kindle.

Please tell me what you guys buy way too much of, other than books, and make me feel better!
 

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I totally overshared, didn't I?  :D
 

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For me it's movies....I literally have over 1500 of them and they have taken over my front room.
 

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Have you watched them all? Ever browse them and still can't find something you really are in the mood to watch?
 

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Hammers. I have six of them.

And running shoes (or "runners" as we Canadians call them). I always have about six pair in various places around the house.
 

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i have WAAAAAYYYYY tooo many smelly stuff too....im kinda a junkie for candles lotions body washes etc etc etc...and the sad thing is my addiction is known and my friends and family are in the habit of adding fuel to the fire...or should i say shelves to my collections.....that and i have MANY shoes...for no other reason than i like them...like Harvey i have 6 "runners"...but dont run walk or jog...haha...and i have the entire master closet with 3 high shelves full of shoes/heels/wedges/sneakers/sandles/boots.....plus 2 hanging shos racks full of strappy you name its and some the same shoe just different colors....its kinda an illness.... :-\

...oh and did i mention my Coach collections?
 

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I don't really. . . . .moving every three years (Navy Officer DH) will do that to you.  Just before you move, you clean things out, throw a lot away and give away what you can.  Then you get to the new place, start unpacking and keep saying, "what in the world did we ship this for?"  Mind you, there is some clutter. . . .but when I get in the mood I have absolutely no problem with getting rid of stuff.  I will admit, though, that now that we've lived in this house going on 13 years, there are shelves or stacks of book in almost every room of the house.  I couldn't ever do that when we moved all the time.  So it's a feature, not a bug.  ;D
 

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--Please tell me what you guys buy way too much of, other than books, and make me feel better!--

Wine glasses. Not sets, but singles from yard sales, thrift shops, etc. That way everyone can tell theirs apart without those (annoying) little charm hoops around the stem.

Junk jewelry from the Fifties, mainly multi-strand necklaces. I've got dozens and love 'em all.
 

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MichelleR said:
Have you watched them all? Ever browse them and still can't find something you really are in the mood to watch?
Many of them are more for my husband, I will watch them when he does. And I can always find something to watch when I am in the mood to veg out!
 

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I'm like Ann, I move to often to collect stuff.  I've been in this location for 9 months and am getting ready to move again.  It's the longest I've been in any one location in the last 3 years. 

My Kindle contains all my books.  I have (2)500gig hard drives that hold all my movies and photos.  I ship the actual DVDs and photo backups to family to enjoy.  Same thing with my music, all CDs have been ripped to my iPod and have been given to family to enjoy.  As for other clutter, I've learned to purchase things one at at time or as I need them.  If I don't like it, I toss it, give it away or sell it on ebay. 

It's very liberating to be clutter free.  10 years ago I never would have believed we could live like this.  My husband was the biggest pack rat I have ever met.  I'm still not perfect...I have to many shoes. ;D
 

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Harvey said:
Hammers. I have six of them.

And running shoes (or "runners" as we Canadians call them). I always have about six pair in various places around the house.
Six? Nice try, Harvey. ;D

Did I show you my fabric collection? This is about 1/4 of it. Another 1/3 to 1/2 is in wire drawers I got from Ikea, the rest is in boxes and bags. I periodically restack it, this is right after I pulled a bunch of fabric for a project and haven't got around to restacking.


Books. I posted my books in the Home Library thread, the reason I got a Kindle! Movies. Software. CDs were a problem until iTunes. Although I can't get rid of the CDs we already have because my husband would never figure out the iPod. I just got him trained on the CD player. ::)

My mom had shoes and purses. When we cleaned out my parents house, there were about a hundred pairs of shoes and seventy or eighty purses.

My husband knows to call my quilting friends and let them fall like vultures on the studio if anything happens to me.

Betsy
 

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My husband thinks that I have way too many purses :eek: Perish the thought! I have sensible ones, dressy ones, weird/eclectic ones that start a conversation and so on... I use almost all of them, depending on my mood or my needs. I tend to get bored easily so I have been known to carry different handbags in one week ;D

I probably have 3 that are pretty out there...

A license plate purse...NY of course :p I had a man in a casino upstate stop me to compliment me on my purse. Yes, a man!

A Mary Frances that has about every color under the sun but is predominately orange. It is fully beaded and took me two weeks to air it out enough so the vapors from all the glue wouldn't make me dizzy :eek:

And my latest purse is a coconut purse...yup, made out of a coconut :p
 

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Mine is shoes. I love them and then just wear 2 or 3 pair. The others sit there looking sad because I never wear them. I still haven't parted with my books, but I'm trying. :)
 

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For me it's Jansport backpacks... for some reason I LOVE the things.  Though I've also been know to buy the occasional off brand if I happen to like the style or pattern.  They're so handy to have around and I use them for everything, bit I will admit that I have lots of them.  DH has his plain black one that he had in college but the rest are MINE.  
 

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I was great about not cluttering and hoarding when we were in the Marine Corps (15 different addresses in the first 13 years we were married), but I did not maintain my ruthlessness when we moved home 16 years ago (the kids were worse and now they are out of the house so I am making progress there).  I just told DH we needed to move again to clean and declutter.  My biggest collections are Christmas decorations - we started out with a couple of boxes in the attic, added more boxes and when DS moved out made his bedroom the "Christmas Room".  They are fairly organized, but a whole room - yikes!
 

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Kathy said:
Mine is shoes. I love them and then just wear 2 or 3 pair. The others sit there looking sad because I never wear them. I still haven't parted with my books, but I'm trying. :)
Shoes.....don't go there. My MIL (who I have grumped about in another thread!) lives in an apartment in our basement. We wear the same size shoes and like the same styles (high heels, every color, the gaudier the better), so DH is drawing plans to build a rotating shoe rack between our up and down bedroom closets. He thinks we might be able to share about 50 pair that way, but hasn't figured out how to regain lost closet space from the other 75 or so pair!
 

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My biggest collections are Christmas decorations - we started out with a couple of boxes in the attic, added more boxes and when DS moved out made his bedroom the "Christmas Room". They are fairly organized, but a whole room - yikes!
Wow...you have a Christmas Room. I would love that!!! My collection of decorations has grown over the years and I have to rotate out ornaments ;D
 

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My nickname is the "chucker".   I throw away or donate everything.  If I buy something new I throw something out...except.............bathing suits...I have at least 50.  
 

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My problem is I keep things, you never know when you will need that item in the future even if I haven't used it in 8 years or so or every used it. I'm not a pack rat at work thank goodness but can't seem to figure out what to get rid of in my own home  :-\.

OK now for the collections:

I have lots of Cross Stitch patterns and some fabrics to start projects that would take me two lifetimes to finish. Have I stopped collecting patterns? well sort of now my mom collects them for me saying how she would love to have such and such done for her. 

yarn, I'm a yarn addict!!  But somehow managed to hand over two big storage bins of it to my sister (so I had room for other yarn LOL ;D)

I have a closet filled with candles from partylight. I love to open that closet and take a whiff.

Last and worst  - yip, I'm 41 and dare I say it...... I collect dolls. Ball jointed ones, My twinn dolls, baby dolls, dolls that strike my fancy. Then their is clothes, shoes, wigs,and on and on and on.  I really get flack for this collection. At least my mom has the same problem. One day dad asked her why she needed another doll. Mom asked him why he needed another power drill he couldn't use  ???.

At least you don't have a niece that counts what you collect then announce to the world how many of such and such you have. Oh and she compairs my doll collection to my mothers  ::)

forgot to add - books - now with kindle that's helping my piles of too be read that hangs out all over the house!

**sigh** I SO need help **sigh**

theresam
 
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