This past week-end (at my insistence) my daughter and I organized her closet and drawers. Every square inch was stuffed with wrinkled clothing..much of it too old, too big, too small or just plain way too ugly to ever wear.
I was surprised how much she fussed about keeping some of the stuff. I mean for real, how many high school sweat and T-shirts does one need in order to preserve the memories? She NEVER wore them anyway!
Once we were done, she had oodles of clear shelves, free space and, more importantly, an accurate picture of how much clothing she owned that was actually wearable…and guess what? It wasn’t much..which forced her to face the fact that it was long past time to start building a wardrobe reflective of her age, her job and her figure.
I noticed while we were “mid-purge” that my daughter also had a small bucket filled with loose change on her desk. “How much money do you think you have here?” I asked her to which she responded “Oh, maybe $200?”
That night, as I watched TV, I rolled the coins. I was surprised that there was only $100.50. I thought about how “off” my daughter was about the amount.. She thought there was so much more. It reminded me of her messy closet and how she thought she owned so many clothes when in reality, she had so few that fit, were appropriate for her age and in good enough condition to be worn.
This is the beauty of taking the time to organize – refining and re-assessing what we’ve got going on. Whether it’s counting coins, getting rid of clothes we don’t wear, cleaning out the kitchen pantry, tossing out expired medicines or re-evaluating some of the activities we fill our days with…
when we step back,
thoughtfully review our lives
and get rid of that which no longer serves us,
the reward is
clarity and reality.
Who wouldn’t want more of that?