First of all, I don’t mean the kind of hoarder that you see on A&E. My house is sparsly decorated, and I despise clutter. I’m hoarder in the sense of people buying too many of the same things. The kind that has a hard time walking away from a good deal, never have enough; the kind where you become addicted to the experiences and things and want to go on vacation 8 times a year, and are tempted to attend every conference in your neck of the woods even though it has nothing to do with what you do for a living. I’m not quite how far away I am from actually being one, but I like THINGS in general. And I tend to buy multiples of the same thing all the time. These things range from watches to sunglasses, to purses, and shoes. Oh, the shoes. I’m afraid to actually sit down and count how many pairs I actually have. I have boxes upon boxes of them in my garage. Shoes for every season, in every colour, and every style. Shoes that hurt to walk in, but they look pretty.
Why am I sharing this with you right now? Well, because I’ve recently entered into the world of fashion and beauty blogging. And while I really enjoy the side of things, I’m finding it hard to justify having 15 different shades of red lipstick, or 100 different nail polishes. Luckily I have a team that helps us produce amazing content and I get to give them most/all of the goodies that come to my door.
I do this, not because I don’t like to try new products, or services, but because I know that I have an addictive personality. And that personality trait is most apparent when I look at my clothes. I have 14 of the same tank-top in 4 different colours.Yes, you read that right. And that wasn’t an issue that I paid attention to back in my “money stupid” days, it hurts to look at it now. What hurts most is that its not even a nice tank top.
How I’m Adapting:
Its funny how our priorities change over the years. These days I am willing to spend hours online trying to compare bank accounts and mutual funds, while 3 years ago, I would spend the same amount of time looking and buying tech toys. I don’t even want to get started on my cell phone addiction. Knowing that I’ve spent close to $5,000 on just the hardware over the last few years actually makes me ill.
Its not all bad now, I’m learning how to balance the two extremes. Just as my love for quality over quantity is gaining traction, my house is being decorated in a minimalist style, and my clothing stockpile is slowly being donated. I know apply for a bank account online when I want to save something special and a bit more expensive. The sad truth about being a consultant is that you lack employment security. That is a major contributing factor to having several different bank accounts, and saving stashes. If it comes down to buying a something shiny, or paying into my RRSPs, I know which one wins.
This brings me back to my hoarding fears, and making sure that I don’t end up on a TV show over the next 4 years. I’m torn between doing a blog sale for things that I don’t wear anymore, or donate things to charity.