Thursday, January 21, 2010
I read some advice on a blog that I've actually taken to heart AND found useful.
That's important, because not all of what I think is great is useful, and certainly not all of what is useful do I actually use.
As a mom, I'm generally overwhelmed in some area - or all areas, haha. I have the desire to "do it all", but I don't have the time or energy. My house is usually in a state of chaos - despite my cleaning efforts. Laundry and dishes pile up by the minute it seems. Toys multiple like bunnies. Freshly swept floors look vaguely reminiscent to convenience store bathroom floors in no time. It's exhausting just thinking about it.
But this post boiled it down to two things. Just do two things really well, and the rest will fall into place.
And what are those two things you ask?
Laundry and meals. The bare minimum the family needs to survive. The key is to do them well. And she lays out a pretty good system for taking care of them.
I'm really only on the first task - laundry, and I'd say my life has improved 100%. Her post on the secret to laundry really hit home. Basically, if you want to win the laundry war - you need fewer clothes. Ah, uh wait, what?
I'm no fashion whore - that's for sure - but I have my fair share of clothes. Not clothes that I wear, mind you. But sentimental clothes...
What are sentimental clothes, you ask?
You know...like - the dress I wore to the first college dance I went to with Mark - a hot little number - skimpy, tight, and black.
Or, those jeans I haven't been able to fit into in 5 years.
Or the dress I wore to so-and-so's wedding.
Or the sweater I wore in my senior pictures!
I seem to tie memories to clothing, and then just keep it around long after it's due to be donated.
So I cleaned out my closets. I'd say I donated 50-75% of my clothes - many of which were from the "good old days". I'm ashamed to say there might have been some high school numbers in there.
And wow. I felt such a relief. Having all this "stuff" suffocates you! Now I'm getting rid of all kinds of things! I'm purging it all! There is a huge release in letting go of all this sentimental junk that has been building up over the past decade or more.
If you come over and see only a folding chair and a cardboard box in my house, feel free to tell me I've gone too far.
How about you? Do you have sentimental clothes? Emotional attachments to things that never see the light of day?