Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nothing to Wear

I finally finished the big switch over to the kids' summer clothes.  Even after I simplified how I organized it, it is still a big project!  We just have too many clothes!

When I was packing up our stuff for the big move here, I emptied the closets and dressers except for 3 complete outfits each and a pair of pajamas.  I kept these folded in a laundry hamper and we lived with just that for about 2 weeks.

We had a set of clothes to wear, one to wash, and one just in case. (I think I did have a couple extra for the baby because, you know...babies are cute, but messy.)

I only did one load of laundry a day and finding something to wear was much less stressful in the morning.  Yes, we got a little sick of wearing the same things all the time, but it really made me think, how much clothes do we really need?

I would much rather that we had a few things that fit well and we love to wear, than a closet full of "nothing to wear".  Less clothes to wash, less to let pile up, and less to try and shove into a drawer.

What is it about clothes that we hold onto them like a security blanket?

I know that women's bodies go through a lot of changes.  I've had 5 babies in 7 years.  I've gained and lost in total more than I weigh now.  I have boxes of "someday it will fit again" clothes...but really, they probably won't...and that's ok.  But, keeping them because I'm scared to let go, is not.

"And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
...but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  ~Matthew 6:28-33

When we can let go, we can bless someone else...and God has never left me lacking.
So many times just as I have given something away, God brings into my life the very thing I really needed.

So this week as the kids start wearing their "new to them" clothes, I am going to pick out their favorites and pass on the rest.  Lightening our closets will make my life easier and may just bring blessings to someone else.

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly how you feel! we don't have many "toys"- cell phones, ipods, video games- but I still get overwhelmed with "stuff", and usually that stuff looks like a mountain of laundry.I actually daydream about being Mennonite just so we could wear the same things every day, lol!

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