Thursday, September 27, 2012
What if those extra pieces just didn't fit right?
What if I was going to lose weight, eventually?
What if I like the memory of this shirt I haven't fit into in years?
What if I would feel guilty to get rid of this piece because...?
Am I getting close?
If you really cannot give the piece away because it serves a function in your regular life... what would it take to replace it with a piece that performs the same function AND looks fabulous? Write down what the ideal piece looks like in your "shopping list". I give you permission to hold on to it, but ONLY until you find that awesome replacement and THEN you need to give it away.
For everything else... I recommend that sentimental pieces be stored as sentimental pieces, not in your closet.
Last summer I took sentimental pieces out of my closet and stored two t-shirts while taking about 15 pieces out, snapping a picture of them, and donating it to my Salvation Army.
It was a lot of baggage I was keeping from previous life events. I didn't fit in those pieces any more. Those pieces didn't fit my lifestyle, my hips or my daily life any more. By taking those pieces out of my closet it helped me realize that it's one thing to look through dresses that belong in Spring when it is cold outside... it's another thing when it just doesn't belong in my closet.
Guilt. I also gave away pieces from my grandmother. My grandfather finally started giving away grandma's clothes after she passed. He gave many pieces to me after he carefully selected them and put thought into how they would look on me as a young woman. The pieces were muted shades, browns and they were... ok. Not bad...
I used a few long sleeved jean shirts for gardening, grandma's paint pants for my own projects and a few of her jackets were actually retro and in style again.
Then I found Shari... the eh.. ok pieces like the browns, muted shades and styles that didn't give a waist were put into the car and driven to the local shelter. They were impeccably kept pieces, well made pieces that would bless another woman.
Shari's teachings helped me get rid of my guilt for letting "Grandma" go. But I wasn't letting her go, just her clothes. I wasn't upsetting my Grandpa either... he was simply trying to be helpful and to give someone the opportunity to be blessed with the clothes.
I think it's crazy how much stress holding onto a shirt caused me. Or to a dress where so many fun memories happened. Giving the pieces away wasn't giving away the experience, it was just passing along a memento of my past to someone else. The pieces I gave away were loved when I was younger, but haven't seen much love in recent years. It felt good to let them go.
Grab your camera, your garbage bags, and notepad.
Take some pictures and let your favorite memories stay alive through you. Jot down some things that made you smile or experiences that changed your life.
Everything you can should go into the car today.
We are here to listen if you want some extra encouragement.
I am proud of you ladies for taking a good hard look at your earthly "things" today.
~ Laura ~
Tomorrow will be much more fun.
We will be chatting about Socks and Underwear!
The most entertaining (family friendly) present to talk about at Christmas time.
Posted by Laura Gutknecht at 12:00 AM