I have 25 bottles of Bath and Body Works lotion, plus two of Victoria’s Secret.
This does not count the 10 or so unused ones I have sold via craigslist over the past couple months (I sold some, so I am improving in the hoarding category slightly). I am a hoarder. I have an overstocked pantry, an overstocked toiletries closet, and more lotion than any person could conceivably use in their lifetime.
I am trying. I am getting better about using things in the pantry and not just replacing them x5 out of habit but really trying to wait for a good deal. And then only buy what I could store in my house, not the whole store’s worth. Although I do have 30 2-liter bottles (give or take) of Diet Mountain Dew in my garage… but at least I found somewhere to put them. Do you know how expensive that stuff is full price? Eeek.
Back to the lotion. I do use lotion every night or my legs turn into some weird cracked nasty mess, and the skin on my ankles peels off in sheets. So it is not exactly frivolous (although, it is because I am sure there are cheaper alternatives than the stuff I have, but all this lotion was either bought long long ago or gifts so that is water under the bridge). But here’s the hoarder in me. I have some scents I absolutely adore. One of them is Victoria’s Secret’s “Passionate Kisses”. It smells just… yummy. But it is discontinued. Apparently I was the only person who found it yummy. So instead of just enjoying what I have left I 1) plot buying more at ridiculously expensive prices on ebay or 2) use other ones instead so I don’t use Passionate Kisses up.
I need to learn to *enjoy* what I have instead of hoarding it. I’m a hoarder. I’m even rather embarrassed by my hoarding nature but then when it comes time to use up a bottle of something, I resist and resist. Have I mentioned how many of those 27 bottles (all different scents) are half empty or more? Not all of them, but quite a few. And if I do use one up… I start thinking about replacing it. I made myself use the last little bit of Sweet Pea a few nights ago and I am *still* thinking about it. :inserteyerollatmyselfhere:
I have 27 bottles!! Who cares if one scent gets used up? I can’t possibly use up all the other ones I still have unless I dip myself in lotion every hour! And my MIL loves to give me lotion as stocking stuffers so I’ll get more by default anyway.
I am a hoarder. How do you stop being a hoarder? I can try to control the actual carrying out of the hoarder impulses but the impulses are still there. Loud and clear.