Last night as I was beginning to unpack, I had the hair brained idea to take the opportunity to shift my clothes from cold to warm. Truthfully, I would've been better off if I had left my summer clothes out all winter as we hardly had any cold weather, but I digress..... Admittedly I was thinking to myself I wonder if I'll ever have a closet big enough to just leave all my clothes up year round. Then I thought, Africa is always hot so I'll only have one season of clothes anyhow. Another thought followed, I'll probably be doing well to even have a closet. And that fixed that little problem.
Am I the only one who has this problem? I start cleaning and I make a bigger mess. The concept of it must get worse before it gets better seems to aptly apply to my cleaning habits. Because of that, and a busy one year old, I put it off until I can't possibly take it any longer and then the house seems to explode.
|The Start of the Explosion|
Containers of my clothes, which haven't seen the light of day in years, came off the closet shelves and Kyle's 3-6 month clothes, which were still in his drawers waiting to be put away, were dumped on the floor. I was out of containers and too
cheap frugal to go buy more so I knew I'd have to go through mine before I could pack up his. When I get in this mode, a rarity I assure you, I begin purging. I am resigning to the fact that I'll never again wear the clothes I wore when I was 17. And I'm weeding through my winter clothes with a life in Africa on my mind. I converse with myself inwardly about any questionable items and so it goes....
Will this dress fit me even if I starve myself for three weeks? Nope. This is a sweater made for igloo dwellers and I'm moving to Africa, it's going.... Wait, I still need some heavy clothes for if we're home in the winter on furlough; but would I really want to wear THAT sweater during my only chance to wear warm clothes? Probably not, it's really going. Gone. These jeans are a little snug still.... Plus, they don't wear jeans in Africa - out. Do I really need a tank top in every color of the rainbow? No. They're all going. I don't need any colors.
|Ready for Spring!|
And thus, I was able to condense three buckets of old clothes into one and free up space to pack away Kyle's baby clothes for any little brothers he may have someday. I also cleaned out the linen closet, coat closet, organized my closet, straightened the gift wrapping supplies and pitched a ton of junk I knew I would have to get rid of sooner or later anyhow. It feels great! Now I'm ready to go purchase a few potted plants and the supplies to make a wreath for my front door.
How is your spring cleaning going?