Thursday, September 13, 2007

What am I Going to Wear?

I cleaned out the girls’ closet the other day, culling out things that are too small for Audrey, and clothes that are too small for Katie, but Audrey will be able to wear in a year or so. The girls had been at their grandparents’ house for an overnight stay. When they came home and looked in the closet, Katie exclaimed “WHAT HAPPENED TO MY CLOTHES? WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?”! Granted, I’d taken out about two-thirds of what was in the closet, but there were still plenty of things left hanging.

When Kim and family were visiting the other day we were talking about what is needed versus what we THINK is needed, especially where things like clothes and shoes are concerned. She told me of a little rhyme that she thinks in Amish in nature:

One to wash,
One to wear.
One for church,
One for a spare.

Four dresses. That’s it.

I’ll be the first to admit that I love dressing my girls. I love buying clothes….making clothes….finding great deals on clothes. Can we get through a season with four dresses each?

(When I say “get through” it sounds like it would be a great sacrifice on our part. I don’t want it to sound this way at all. I want us to be thankful for what we have, not always looking for more. I don’t think it would be easy to have just four dresses per girl, and I don’t think it will happen this year. Also, I’m not suggesting that this is for everyone.)

It seems like our house is getting smaller and smaller. The real problem is that we are accumulating more and more stuff.

How much do you think is enough as far as clothes and shoes are concerned?


Kim said...

Right now, Bethany has more shoes than I do. LOL

As for how many is enough, I'm not sure I know the answer. I certainly need a different set of clothes for church and home. I doubt anyone wants to sit next to me when I smell like goat. And I don't wish to wear my good skirts out with the animals.

This is a question I have been pondering myself as I go through my clothes and my children's clothes.

A good rule of thumb that someone told me was if you have not worn it in the past 12 months to get rid of it.

Dana said...

If the girls haven't worn it in the past 12 months, it probably won't fit anymore! :-)

I know, you are talking about the adults. I'm going to try using that rule of thumb when it's time to clean out MY closet.

Thanks for commenting!