I have decided to embark on a great experiment. I want to find out the answer to a nagging question. How much can I simplify my household and how will that affect my ability to love others better? Two events have prompted me to finally try to pare things down. One was the inescapable impression during family camp at Mount Hermon that it would take sacrifice to accomplish the work of the next few years. My kids are growing up so fast and I need all the time and energy I can get so that I can do what is worthwhile. I can’t waste time. Second: I’m tired. At this point, paring down feels as neccessary as tossing ballast over the deck of a water-logged ship. I’ve heard too much stuff takes up our time. SO….this last week I went through my closet. I threw out or gave away anything that I didn’t absolutely need or love. I have two everyday jeans and three everyday shirts plus a hoodie to put on when I run to the store. One pair of tennis shoes. For going out…shopping, with girlfriends, with my husband, I have plenty.
Assessment: It truly is much faster getting dressed in the morning. I am more apt to hang my clothes up right away when I undress because there is an open space on the clothing rod. Paring down has also shown me what I truly need to buy–footwear and socks 🙂 So…I’ll probably save time in the store because I can buy with confidence.