Back to school season is always a bit hectic around here. A local church hosts a free yard sale that is packed with donations and yard sale discards that would normally end up in the trash while the local clothing closet has a yard sale where you can purchase bags filled with the clothing of your choice for a dollar apiece.
Along with that we have to go to school registration day and make the trip to WalMart for Katie’s and Donavon’s (my grandson’s) school supplies.
Each of these acquisition trips are accompanied with purging. When new clothes come in, old clothes go out. The ones that have been worn into rags are discarded while the items that are in good shape are bagged up and donated to the local clothing closet for them to either distribute among those who need clothing or to sell during their bag sales.
This is one way that we maintain balance in our lives. Since our space is limited, we refuse to allow our possessions to grow beyond what our house can comfortably handle.
What do you do to maintain balance?
I did it: I managed to reduce the amount of clothing
I possess to just enough to be contained in a single side of the closet!
Hooray! No more clothes hangers draped off of the
I turned the hangers around backwards to better determine
what I actually wear and what I don’t of the remaining clothing. By this
time next year (I don’t store out-of season clothing–it must all fit in the closet) I will know
what I have used and what I have not. What I have not is leaving, period.
The only things that I do not currently hang in the closet
are pants, shorts and coats. I hope to thin down my wardrobe where I can
hang even these items there to simplify my clothing storage needs.
My sister is getting first crack at the closet gleanings
before they get shipped to Auntie’s house for distribution among family and
friends. I’m not sure how much she will keep out of the pile.
Oh, yes–and I lost a pair of shoes today. My cheap
generic Crocs–the ones I slummed around the house in. After three(?)
years of heavy use they finally died. Not bad for a $4 pair of shoes,
especially considering the abuse I put them through! Now I debate whether
or not to replace them. Since warm weather will be here soon I am
thinking that I can make do with the sandals that I have though none of them
will work with socks. Those things were horribly ugly, but so handy,
comfortable and inexpensive!
I also have the dressier clogs I purchased the other day,
but the heel is a bit on the high side for tromping around the house and yard…
Time to dig through my box of shoes to see how to make-do….
This morning I opened my shoebox looking for something
different to wear besides the crocs I’ve trooped around in all summer.
Within the box I found four pair of dress shoes, a pair of
hightop sneakers, some croc clogs for winter, a flipflop missing it’s mate and
an old pair of sandals that were still sound but had definitely seen better
My first thought was that I needed to watch the summer
clearance racks for another pair of shoes until it hit me – how many shoes does
one person need? Considering the fact that you can only wear one pair at a
time, my current collection seems a bit much already!
In the end I continued to wear the crocs, and pledged to
see if I could make the old sandals look a touch better. Why should I purchase
more shoes when I don’t hardly wear what I have?
Oh, yes. I tossed the lone flipflop.