A Minimalist Take on Collections: Incense Edition


Incense used to be a small part of my life. I loved it, but if I’d made a list of the top ten most important things in my life incense wouldn’t have made the list.

Despite incense being a relatively small component of my world, I had a robust and well-rounded collection.

I had my standard nag champa from Satya Sai Baba, and more nag champas from several different brands, some Song of India, yum, a few packs of specialty import Tibetan and Nepalese incense, Auromere and Auroshika appeared regularly in the house, Shoyeido and Morning Star rounded out the Japanese side in my collection, and Fred Soll and Nu Essence accounted for my specialty American faves. That was what I kept on hand most frequently. There was also a regular running stream of experimental incense brands or incense packs received as gifts.

Then there was the resin incense. Nu Essence, at the forefront of loose tinned incense made up a bulk of my collection, but I also stocked some fantastic straight resins on their own, some frankincense, copal, dragon’s blood… this all took the prerequisite charcoal briquette discs to burn, and a sturdy specialty burner too.

I also kept smudge incense on hand, big thick bundles of wide-leafed white sage/mountain sage, the thinner and more delicate leaved foxglove, commonly known as desert sage, and bundles of cedar branch, sweetgrass and juniper as well. Lavender smudges were less common for me, but it was frequent that I’d keep one on hand for when the moment struck me. And what incense collection could be complete without specialty wood? A friend traveled to South America and returned sharing holy stick with us, Palo Santo.

Other sacred woods and resins graced our life as well, some I’d forgotten the names of, some Patrick remembered. They were gifts from wanderers and people well met, a simple way of sharing energy, the offering of a special blend.

But it was too much.


Our incense alone, one small category of possessions in my life, had become a beast of a collection. Somehow I had amassed around forty or fifty different packs of incense over the years, and I couldn’t burn enough to keep up with the inflow.

As soon as one pack would be finished, three more would come to take it’s place.

I felt dread seeing another gift of incense from some well-meaning friend or family member in my life. My incense habit had grown too big, too unwieldy for me to take pleasure in it as I once had.

The wood overwhelmed me, the resins were delightfully delicious but messy, and all those packs of stick incense made rooting through the drawer impossible.

At one point I put a moratorium on incense. No new incense was allowed into the house until we worked through our collected stockpile. The moratorium lasted for several years, and I worked through my incense packs, rejoicing with each pack I finished off completely.

It was another thing gone you see, and I had too much.

But even as I worked to downsize, and refused any newcomers into my life, I recognized it would take too long to studiously work through my incense collection. There was the Auromere box after all, that box alone contained 20 packs of incense.

…And, there was the main crux of the issue too, I was attached to my incense collection. I wanted to keep all of those varieties from now until forever. I didn’t want to do without. Would I ever be able to justify affording a half dozen Nu Essence tins again? Or those exquisite Fred Soll packs at ten dollars a pop? I had a mini-packrat hoard going on with my incense, a tiny mouse-sized hoard of exquisite, aromatic boxes and bags.

It was time for something radically different.

And… so I learned to gift, and consciously work through my stash. In the end, when we moved from Arkansas back to Florida we still had a ton of incense. We gave our last remaining stockpile away, released the specialty handmade smudge wand, and went incense-free into a new life.



-I recognized that the size of my incense collection made me uncomfortable.

-After realizing this I spent time looking at the situation and analyzing it. I discovered that I didn’t like incense spilling out of it’s designated zone. It was currently taking over a kitchen drawer and had started to drift over to to the top of the woodstove. I also didn’t like rooting around in the incense drawer trying to find the incense I wanted.  My favorites were always hiding behind a lesser pack.

-After analyzing my situation I concluded I had too much incense. If I had less, I could keep just my favorites, and they’d be easy to find and care for. I undertook the Great Incense Minimization of 2008-2009.

-I minimized my incense category slowly. I made a conscious effort to burn incense very regularly. I started by going through open packs first, and burning each stick out of that pack before moving on to the next half-open pack. My strategy for my incense collection was similar to the well-known snowball debt reduction method. I needed to be this methodical or I wouldn’t make any progress. I made great progress when I started doing this. The snowball method for those who aren’t familiar: Eliminate the simple and the small first, then focus on the bigger and harder last.

-I wanted a faster method so I started gifting some of our nicest packs. I randomly gifted many of our unopened packs to whoever it seemed might appreciate it at the moment. Gifting is fun! I gifted in anticipation of our big move which was coming up.

-When the big move rolled around we took off with a hatchback Hyundai and a half dozen mailed boxes. Incense didn’t make the cut. So we did a complete purge. Incense was cheap and easily replaceable in comparison to other things like a music collection or a desktop computer.

-After the big move we decided to keep the incense category completely eliminated for several years. I did this with many categories. It was a way of hitting my reset button.

-And last, we come to where I am today. I’ve let myself experiment with reincluding it in my life again. Incense is just so incredible for cleansing it’s hard for me to not have any around. I’ve reintroduced incense into my life, but on a smaller more functional scale.

Incense now:

-I have a small glass votive candle holder from Goodwill that I filled with local beach sand. It acts as my burner.

-I keep one pack of stick incense on hand at any given time. Currently my selection is great origin by Shoyeido.

It’s simple and effective, restrained and mature. One pack of incense. One incense burner.


Do I miss some of my incense? Undoubtably.

Will I increase my collection in the future?

I truly hope not.

My new rule is one at a time. I can choose any incense I want, but I can only keep one variety on hand at a time.

Simple Living Action Step

You may not have incense as a category in your life, but there’s probably at least one category of possessions that you know you can downsize. For this week’s simple living action step, just find one category of excess and spend time thinking about it. What effect does it have in your life? Is it unmanageable because of it’s size? Is it something you used to love before it became too big?

This week, let’s share one collection that’s gotten out of hand, or how you managed to corral a collection back down to a manageable size.

p.s. Thanks to absolutely everyone who helped out with the minimalist list brainstorming session. It was awesome. Also, thanks to absolutely everyone who has contributed a piece for special celebrations. If you’d like to share your special celebration for the upcoming book, please do so over at the blue crab page.

p.p.s. I adore you all. Thank you for reading what I share here. It means the world to me.


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  1. I’ll go first because I can. I loved the freedom of having so much incense. I loved the smell, and the feeling of each blend. I loved choosing a flavor of the day. Labels are silly, but I’ll label myself. I was an incense connoisseur, an incense freak. I’m sure there are others who took it much further than me, but incense felt like it was a really, really big part of my life. I spent a year working with it in a world religions store and I was an incense buyer on a retail level several times in my life. I kept the tradition of Nu Essence going strong when it was in danger of disappearing off the shelves (in my neck of the woods). One of the special experiences in my life is a certain gift of amber I received at an unexpected moment.

    I recognize pure natural scents as my weakness, incense, aromatherapy, natural perfume. And I’ve learned to cut back because it is somehow exquisite in a different way to enjoy just one scent at a time, one type of incense. It lets me go deeper into the experience.

    Your “incense” may be cross-stitch patterns, crochet yarn, power tools, beanie babies or bath bubbles. What we choose to collect is always personal, always unique, and collections can be a beautiful thing, if it feels manageable, it feels happy, if it feels right for our life.

    Enjoy your Monday everyone.
    ;) Tanja

  2. Lindsay says:

    Blank notebooks. I’m a sucker for them. I never want to write in them either, because writing in them to me means spoiling them? Crazy I guess. I love writing too, but end up typing most of the time. Sometimes I still fall prey to it, but luckily they are also a great re-gifting kind of present, so I’ve been doing the same as you Tanya. Saying no and letting go (if you’ll pardon the rhyme!) From having maybe over twenty, I think I’m down to about five now, three of which I have plans for myself, and two that I’ll hang on to for pressies when money is short! Funnily enough, picturing my mini-obsession spiralling completely out of hand gave me a spark of an idea for a short story, so rather than wishing it’d never happened in the first place, I’m glad of the experience for inspiration!

    • Blank notebooks. Yes! There’s nothing like a completely empty notebook, the newness of it all. I used to buy a notebook (or notebooks) fill it out partially and then abandon it for a nice clean one. I don’t have a count of how many notebooks I kept but like you, it was a lot. I read a post about notebooks the other day, they released ten years of journals all at once. I thought it was pretty impressive.

      Linda you should link back to your short story after you’ve written it. I’d love to read it and I bet everyone else would too. A short story about clutter obsessions, it sounds awesome. :)

  3. Linda Sand says:

    Games. I like to play games. I had a floor to ceiling bookcase stuffed full of games. I donated them all to a community center’s game room. Now I have one small Ziploc bag that holds two decks of cards, six dice, a keychain-sized cribbage board, a small tablet of paper and a golf pencil. It’s amazing how many games you can play with just those supplies.
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    • Games! What a cool, cool thing to downsize. I never played many games, I did as a kid, Hungry Hungry Hippo and all, but as an adult I’ve only kept a handful of games. Right now I think I have none. I’d love to hear your experience of how you released games from your life Linda. I bet there are a lot of people out there who would like to hear it, especially your new minimalist games list using the smallest components, that’s really cool.

  4. Shoyeido is my favorite incense. I can’t handle anything too strong, and they are so subtle, but with such beautiful scents. I only have a few packs though!

    I’m more of a “useful” collector – like we have too many waterbottles. With four people in the family, and 2 little ones who misplace them all the time, I’d think 6 would be about right. I think we have about 12 or so. But somehow, we still always get to the point where I can’t find any, so I am reluctant to gift any!
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    • I used to not like it much. I felt like it was too subtle, but my tastes have changed. I really like Shoyeido now. ;)

      It’s funny about the useful collector thing, ;), water bottles. I still haven’t perfected a water system in my life. Right now I do a system with refill filtered water using glass apple juice jugs. We have two. It’s heavy and not especially effective, but it works o.k. for our needs. We then have two water bottles. Patrick uses his exclusively and I combine mine with a water glass as well. I only use the bottle when I’ll be gone for a long time.

      With a family of four it would be harder to get to designated water bottles, but that would be a goal to aim for, with some back-ups tucked high out of place in case the experiment fails? It’s worth a shot. ;)

  5. Jill Foley says:

    I think the only think I collect is supplies (school / office). If I need a notebook and find one I really like, I’ll likely buy 3 of them. The other day I bought 20 rolls of tape (they were a steal of a deal!). I can’t seem to buy just what I need, especially if it’s on sale. Then I obsess over using it up.

    I can be like this with reading books, too. If I have 3 books from the library to read, then I focus on reading them to get them read…not to enjoy them.

    Or candles….I don’t collect them, but I burn them to use them up. Then I go buy another one.
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    • 20 rolls of tape! Jill!

      That’s a lot of tape girl, and I know it was on sale but, that’s a lot of tape! How long will it take you to use up that much tape?

  6. Let’s see…I used to have a massive makeup collection! I worked at makeup stores, so always got free loot. Plus, that was back in my super girly days. Before children and a husband. When I had time to spend an hour on makeup and try crazy things. And had an abundance of friends who wanted their makeup done for free. I felt the collection was needed at the time. Then I got married. Some makeup was purged. Then we moved. More was purged. Then I got pregnant and had kids. Really, I barely had enough time to hop in the shower, let alone slap on some makeup. So the majority was purged. Now, I’m left with what I consider essentials: a few shades of eyeshadow, blush, mascara, eyeliner, eyelash curler, and a few makeup brushes. The 3-drawer bin that was once filled with makeup now just has one little area in a drawer for makeup. It really makes life easier. I can put on a full face in under 5 minutes and have it look decent enough. Plus, I have enough to look even more made up for the rare occasions needed.

    I agree- it’s all about moderation, not all or nothing :)
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    • I love your makeup share here Megyn. It sounds so familiar to me, whenever I worked somewhere retail I’d end up getting an abundance of whatever they had because of the freebies. The best place for me to work was the health food store, because at least it was mostly food there. :) Your makeup collection sounds much more managed now, that’s awesome! In the picture at the top of this post, you’ll notice a bag. That’s my makeup. I’m minimal with it too and don’t wear it all the time, but some days I want it! Moderation is great. ;)

    • Mia says:

      Oh man, do I understand this one! I worked in beauty therapy followed by fashion retail, so I was never short of a make-up outlet close by I could purchase from, which I did when I was stressed. Purchasing make-up was like my therapy. And of course, being a beautician, I felt the pressure to look dressy every day and only bought the best! I could easily spend $200 at a time at the Napoleon or Mac counter and not think anything of it. I shudder at that memory now.

      After I learned to stop buying it and just use what I had, it got easier. I gitfted a lot to my sister and used products up, until I was left with a decent small bag of stuff. Now Im not allowed to buy anything unless I am replacing something that has run out. Everything in there gets used regularly and I know what I have. I just do my eyes in the morning, then a swipe of blush and some lip gloss and Im done. No concealer, powder, foundation, primer, eyelash curler, etc. I was amazed at how much fun it was to do my make-up when I had a manageable collection!

      • Hi Mia,

        I worked at a Benetton briefly years ago and I couldn’t believe they expected me to buy their clothes and wear them… not on the salary they were paying!

        I do remember the girl who worked next door at the Macy’s. One of the girls at my store pointed out how she was always wearing $500 jeans. I can’t remember which specialty department she was in, but evidently it was expected that she buy and wear the clothes. $500 for a pair of jeans! And this was close to twenty years ago. I was too cheap for that job. ;)

        Being a beautician I bet you did feel the siren’s song of make-up all the time. Cosmetics can definitely be pricey. I’ve bought more cosmetics from my health food store than I have department stores, but I’ve seen many, many friends and family spend a ton. Congratulations to you for working through your make-up habit. I’ve seen what it can be like when it’s out of hand, and it’s wonderful that you’ve discovered your blissful “enough” point.

  7. tammy says:

    i love the smell of pinon incense from the desert states… but any smell not totally natural and in 5 minutes i cannot breathe
    thru my nose. if you duck-taped my mouth i’d die. that’s how bad it is. i’ve always thought candles are pretty and bath salts and other stuff… just can’t get it past my prairie sinuses. yes… wheat fields do it too! WHY am i still here then! i can’t answer that. i married an oklahoma boy and they NEVER leave. and now i don’t leave either, when i could. how crazy is that?
    as to collections…
    if you remember my confession not long back, i guess i would be a collector of “rooms” completely done. then of course i’d clear out to the bare minimum. and i mean bare. i could breathe freely again. then i’d collect again. then i’d bare it again.
    weird and stupid. collections are always expensive in their own way… and mine was WAY too expensive. whole rooms!!!
    not doing that anymore thank goodness.
    probably why i used to enjoy the tv show “monk.” a loveable weirdo. it takes one to know one. only i don’t have all his weird phobias. but his apartment was very spare, if you ever saw the show.
    i never collected anything else really, ever. even as a kid. didn’t like tons of stuff.
    probably if i lived near the sea i would pick up sea glass or shells. but then again… maybe i’d just sit and listen to the sea,
    like any prairie girl in her right mind would do!
    love you guys,
    tammy j

    • Hey Tammy,

      I’m a purist when it comes to natural scents vs. artificial, so I know where you’re coming from. ;) I shudder to contemplate using scented laundry detergent or burning an artificial candle. Even Febreze is too much for me. :)

      I do remember the comment where you mentioned your room change-ups. I looked but I couldn’t find which post you’d left that comment on. It was a while back. ;) Isn’t it great to be over that! I really haven’t talked about it much but I used to do a similar thing. I couldn’t come up with a better term so I referred to it as cycling a while back. Somehow in ten years of living on my own I’d gone through too many couches, beds, everything. Before we left Arkansas I’d been seriously trying to figure out how to turn our extremely rustic, earthy and busy cabin into a minimalist serene retreat complete with spare walls and clean-lined furniture. I stopped myself before going forward with it that time. ;) (Luckily my budget was never that high so I couldn’t get myself in too much trouble redecorating.)

      I think I’ve seen snippets of Monk in passing, or maybe just commercials for it. I can see the actor in my mind, but no recall of his apartment in the show. It’s kind of cool they had a neatnick character on tv though.

  8. I was the crazy candle lady! I worked for about a year for PartyLite & filled my house with sparkly light–I’m talking every room had at least one, if not 2-3 candle holders! It was actually pretty good money if I wouldn’t have spent so much buying up everything I liked with my discount. Once I quit, my family & friends got boxes of candles as gifts & a lot of the stuff sold like hotcakes on eBay. I did keep a few of my favorite scents to use myself. There have been other collections throughout the years (love those blank notebooks too), but nothing filled the house as much as the candles!
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    • That’s so funny Elle, the crazy candle lady. :) It’s interesting how so many of the collections seem to come from jobs. You mentioned it and so did a few other people. I bet it was fun selling the candles, but I can see how they would fill up in your house quick. Lots of the bigger candles take a long time to burn through!

  9. Sandy B says:

    Mine is craft supplies. It might not be so bad if i didn’t have so many interests. I’ve sewn for theatre and weddings. I used to be known for my crocheted afghans for weddings and new babies. I’ve wanted to learn to do jewelry. I poke at scrapbooking. And through it all I’ve been a knitter. I’ve been whittling down my respective stashes and I finally have a plan of action.

    I have an antique sewing cabinet that now houses all my knitting tools with room to spare. The yarn is mostly in the old pie safe that is in my office-that is at least the good stuff. By the end of the year, all my craft supplies need to fit into these two places. I’ll be making Christmas gifts again this year, and anything that is left that doesn’t fit in these two areas will just be given away.
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    • Nicola says:

      I think knitting yarn is probably mine too (just found this blog, hence posting months after everyone else!) I store mine in a tall chest of drawers (each drawer being for a different ply of yarn), plus a couple of baskets full of acrylic stuff that is destined to become big blankets; oh and some unspun wool…
      Anyway, the idea is to whittle the stash down this year so that it fits just inside the tall chest of drawers- with perhaps the unspun yarn in baskets outside (spinning a whole fleece in a year, as well as all of the knitting projects/life in general is quite unrealistic!) So this year, I shall be trying to avoid buying more yarn- either those ‘ooh it’s pretty and a bargain’ buys at the local wool shop, or buying things specifically to knit presents from. I should have enough yarn in the stash to knit everything I want this year.
      When the stash is smaller, I’ll try and only have two projects on the go at a time (currently I have, err, somewhere between 5 and 10) and then only buy yarn for specific projects…I think knitting and surrounding equipment is probably the thing that gets my ‘need to buy’ urges going the most- pretty much all other things I’m not bothered about- I don’t get that ‘must have it’ excitement thing…

      • Embeth Gray says:

        Mine is making craft as well. I recycle things to make wonderful craft. In fact, I shared it to my kids. Often time my kids and I created craft and they really love what we are doing.
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  10. You all rock so much. I love it!

    I’m going to share another one too. Mine was crafts too, and candles, both for their own respective reasons. The crafts were my bigger issue though. My stained glass was messy as hell. So was the batiking which uses dyes, vats and melted wax on frying pans. I always dreamed of stretching out to metal-smithing on a jewelry level, and rockhounding, carving crystals like my friend Jay. Patrick and I talked about building a workshop for my jewelry, we came really close to it up in Arkansas.

    My most fantastic and incredibly impossible crafting dream, I dreamed of doing metal sculpture on a large scale. Welding was in some alternative reality for me, I just know it. I bought the makings for a ferrocement home, but I never could figure out how to make it happen. Book learning wasn’t enough. It feels good saying that out loud. I know now my chances of ever getting a studio big enough to do metal sculpting in are low, but just recognizing the dream and allowing it to pass through feels like a release for me. ;)

    • Mia says:

      I feel you on the crafts. You are SO on my wavelength Tanja! :) Sewing, silk screen printing, scrapbooking, jewellery making, beading… ugh. The supplies just used to sit there and look at me, making me feel guilty for not using them, and when I tried I was so overwhelmed by piles of stuff that I wanted to throw it all out! It took me a lot of reading your Boot Camp over and over again to get there, but its all gone now. I cannot express how much happier I am… then again I guess you would know! :)

    • Jack says:

      Here’s my metalwork secret. All my metalwork supplies – welding mask and gloves, magnets, tips for plasma cutters – along with my blacksmithing gear like hammers and tongs – fit into a large duffel bag. I don’t own a MIG welder or a forge or anything along those lines. Some day, in the far future, I’d like to. In the meantime, I rent space. I’m fortunate to live in an area where I can visit a working blacksmith forge and a “makerspace” with better metalwork gear than I could afford anyway, and pay for the convenience of using their space and equipment.
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  11. Annie says:

    I love incense and scented candles! Oh my… and I used to also have kerosene lanterns too! I left most of my candles and all of my lanterns with the trailer when I moved but I kept my incense and oil burners. I solve the issue of too much by ordering a big selection (they don’t have decent incense local) and using it until it is almost gone before ordering more. That way I can browse the incense selections onlline and savor my next order… It actually adds to the pleasure of the experience!

    I used to have a bunch of notebooks and stuff too but I left them for Amber’s kids after giving a bunch to my friends and family. I solve the issue now by using a tablet computer–I can write on the screen so I no longer need notebooks! Heehee!

    Love how you treated this subject.. So nice to have a fellow incense lover as a friend!
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  12. Mia says:

    Another crazy candle lady here!! I used to have HEAPS. More than I could ever possibly burn. When I moved out of the house I shared with my sister, I simply left it all there as she loved it and was happy to keep it.

    Recently I bought myself a new candle. I wasnt sure if I should, but I had a logical think about it… and I really wanted a candle for my meditations, and sometimes its ok to show yourself love by buying something nice that you will actually use. Candles and wine and things that will be consumed I dont think are as bad..? I mean its decorative, but will eventually be used up right? Am I selling it ok? :)

    I’ve found just the one candle (its scented and lovely) is fine, and I have no plans to by more. At last this buying habit is under control! I think its like alcoholism though – once a collector, always a collector! Hi my name is Mia, and I’m a Collectaholic!

  13. jaime says:

    Since the bootcamp I have totally calmed my collecting urges. Books are a hold out. But, I have space for them and if it gets out of control I weed through them. I still have a paper clutter problem and if I had to pinpoint one area of “collection” problems it would be called simply “bullshit.” I have no idea how it happens but we ammass so much crap in our house. A few days ago I resolved to get to the bottom of this problem. Why do we keep collecting so much crap. I feel like I am always finding some bit or piecve or paper that needs tossing. Where is it all coming from. So we collect nothing and everything and I intend to do something about it soon. But first, I have to finish cleanigna nd decluttering my very own office at work, which is a messy and unprofessional nightmare after having moved in to it this weekend. Great discussion today!

  14. I know very little about incense, Tanja. If I try really, really hard I can dredge up from the mucky mire of my memory a time when I wore a black silk bathrobe and burned stick incense, but even then, it wasn’t cultured incense. The name Sandalwood comes to mind as a favorite – low brow to be sure.

    Now-a-days we enjoy an occasional aroma therapy candle (soy based of course) but we definitely don’t collect (hoard) them. We have lilac bushes in the yard, cuttings from these smell great. Marie put in a flower garden outside the dining room window. At this moment I have 5 trays of tomatoes and sage in the food dehydrator and I’m thinking it’s one of the best “incense” I’ve smelled in quite a while! There are ways to enhance one’s environment without bringing in more possessions.

    I don’t suppose any of these incense folks offer assortment packs, huh?

    Thanks for sharing your story!
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  15. Mel says:

    I have way too many collections than I could ever keep track of. Books, toys, games, comics, art and craft materials (!!!), posters, unused notebooks and sketchbooks and sketchpads and special paper, oh my! (And that’s just the ones that come to mind. Yipes!)

    I’ve been slowly (and I mean SLOWLY) pruning by giving away lots of stuff, trashing the unusable others, and consuming the stuff I have left that I do like. It’s so overwhelming sometimes. I wish I could just close my eyes and wish some things away to the people I want to give them to – POOF, there you go! It’d make the process a lot faster. :P

    Speaking of, I have a bag of books to give to family in the province… my mother has a say in most things as the house is mostly made up of my things and hers (and my brother’s). Her response is usually to give it to family in our province… my only worry is that we end up stuffing that house with clutter! :( Our hope is that the family actually enjoys the things we give them. So far, I know my younger cousin is enjoying the heck out of my old Gameboy Advance that I never really got to play with all that much, as well as VCDs and DVDs I decided to let go of. :) Phew!
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  16. MelD says:

    I actually dislike incense but candles, scented and non-scented, have always found their way into my home. I do love to burn them year-round but especially in winter. However, it got to the point where they were stashed in 3 different places so I have made a concerted effort to corral and use them up. Soon I will be able to buy a new one. Yes, one!
    As a child, I fell into costume doll-collecting but in those days it wasn’t a very active thing, just dolls people brought me from their travels, maybe they saw I had a few – collections usually grow that way. They got packed away when I left home and have disappeared over the years, though I have fond memories of the costumes themselves and am still interested in traditional international costumes!
    I did collect “Whimsies”, small china animals in the late 70s, pocket money stuff. They disappeared along the line, too, somehow. I think there is one hedgehog somewhere in a box with my teddy bear (we like hedgehogs, but shhh, I don’t want people giving me any!). I don’t think I have any collections any more. I have things I like and keep and a lot I am getting rid of, round by round, thankfully. Actually, I think I have a few spare blank notebooks I should put in the giveaway box…!!

  17. Jane Jeanor says:

    I do not like the smell of incense. It makes it a little difficult for me to breath…..
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  18. Is that only the collection of the minimalist. What a collection it is.
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  19. Azslyn Cole says:

    I can relate on this post. I am a minimalist person as well. I want to have a little things around me. In fact, in my home I just purchase important equipment for it. I don’t want a lot of stuff in one place. It really mess my day seeing a lot of things around me.
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