Wednesday, October 2, 2013

31 Days - Day 2

Day 2 - Dishes

I have way more dishes than I could possibly ever need for any one meal, so I have decided to pare those down as well. I still have more than I will use for any one meal, but I do have enough for two meals, plus one set of four place settings decorative dishes that are sentimental to me. The dishes I use on a daily basis are a set of red top, black bottom, square dishes (8 place settings) and a very simple set of dinner plates from the Dollar Tree. I have twelve of these. This may seem like a lot, but we have seven people in our family at this point in time. Technically speaking, I could get rid of the one set of 12 dishes, but that leaves us without dishes if more than one other person comes over for a meal and we host dinner often enough to make it worthwhile to have these dishes on hand as well.

I have a stack of dishes that I have cleared out, that are currently sitting on my front porch, waiting to be taken out to the van. I'll grab a picture of the stack (on top of the box that is filled) with the dishes to be gotten rid of and I'll share it with you.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

31 Days - Day 1

Day 1 - Clothes

Yesterday, I spent a crazy amount of time and energy on laundry. We have a cat, a male cat actually, who just recently hit the six month(ish) mark. And speaking of mark...well, let's just say that I had plenty of laundry to do BEFORE the cat added to it with the clean laundry I had already done.

Anyhow, after a ton of time spent yesterday on laundry, I decided that we had too many clothes. Well, actually, I had decided that a long, long, long time ago. But yesterday, I decided that I was going to do something more about it. I have already sent three HUGE totes full of clothes over to my best friend, Shea's house. But even still, I came up with this pile of clothes that needed to go to her house for the garage sale as well.

(Yes, those are all clothes that I am getting rid of. It's a huge pile and it's not even all of it that will be going over to her house!)

Recently, we needed to change out dressers between some kids due to space constraints in their rooms and our daughter ended up with a dresser that has three more drawers, but each drawer has much less space in it. Right now, her dresser is nearly at capacity and I still have probably ten loads to go yet. So I think we still have too many clothes. This is something that I will be working to whittle down even more over the course of this month.

But a realistic question. How many clothes does the average person have? We have had way too many clothes for such a long period of time that I don't even know what a normal amount of clothing should be.

Do you have too many clothes? If so, now might be the time to look around and see what you can come up with to get rid of. Take an honest look at what you really don't like and what is very clear that you won't wear. Those are the easy decisions. Get rid of those first. Then come back and tell me how you did. Did you get rid of a lot or just a few? Do you go through your wardrobes on a regular basis to alleviate this kind of problem?