Tired...that's what I am this evening.
Today, I unpacked 7 large boxes of boys clothing that I've been stuffing in the storage closet for 3 years. Next week is the drop off dates for the local children's consignment event and I've said that I was going to participate for 5 years now and never did. This year I was committed to changing that cycle. So today I moved those boxes out, sorted all the spring/summer clothing by sizes and then threw away things that were damaged or too ratty looking to sell. I was pleasantly surprised as the day went on that I have some really nice clothes to put into this event. Most of them are compliments of my mother in law; however, there are some things there that I chose and the difference in the taste of clothing is obvious. No matter who purchased them, all of them are nice.
I was able to launder, hang and tag over 160 pieces of clothing - all collared shirts with the exception of 15 pairs of pants and about 20 tshirts with designs. Tomorrow I will tackle about 50 pairs of shorts. I hope to finish all of the boy's clothing pieces by tomorrow evening and since I'm not a football fan outside of SEC, I'll be able to work into the evening. I should finish the shorts by mid afternoon and be able to go through his train set pieces and other toys that have been packed up with the seven boxes of outgrown clothing. Big Brother announced to me this afternoon that he wants to put the "train stuff" into the sale as long as he can have the $$ that comes from those items. I felt like that was fair; he hasn't played with the trains or the train table since before the fall and some of those train pieces were $25. They will make another child happy because there are years of playtime left in them with the great condition they are in.
Monday morning I will try and start on girls clothing. If I'm able to get as much done with them, then I'll be amazed. Even if I don't do any of Little Sister's stuff at all, I'll have enough. Every year when I have shopped this event, there are never any boys clothing and apparently, during the volunteer opening day, all of the boys clothing size 4-12 gets bought up within just a few hours. Those items were my main priority because I felt like I could make the most money there. The supply can't meet the demand and I have a ton in this category.
My pointer finger is so frigging sore from pushing safety pins through the tags and fabric - I hope I'll be able to use it tomorrow after church. The finger hurts but the soul feels good. The closet is completely empty of all those boxes and I know that on Monday all those clothes will be gone. Whatever doesn't sell at the consignment event will go to a local women/children's shelter.
And to prevent this from happening to me again (having to spend days preparing) I have cleared out the top hanging shelf in Big Brother's closet and when I transition the clothes out this winter, I'm just going to move them on the hangers to that top shelf and go ahead and tag them so they'll be ready come August/Sept when the fall/winter consignment event takes place. There won't be any need to pack items in boxes anymore and have all the energy stagnant and stale in my house.
I realize that my writing is scattered but I'm just putting it out there as I think about it....one of the things that I've really been drawn to these past few weeks is simplifying my spirit, our home and relationships. It isn't part of any resolutions but has been something that keeps calling my name more consistently. Today's activities were very revealing to me in this journey that I'm on. There is no reason (no matter who buys them) that a male child would need 20 something shirts the same size. Especially given the fact that we do laundry each and every single day and that clothes are rarely dirty more than 18 or 24 hours. Its just stuff and it takes up emotional, spiritual and financial space. And when that space is taken, abundance and love and joy have no room to move freely. I guess its safe to say that I"m on a path to more simple living and I'm happy with that.
We own things, we love people and value those relationships. We don't need boxes and an enormous amount of clothing or things....we need love and spiritual connectedness with others who are good for us in healthy ways.
What's taking up room in your life that needs to be cleaned out?