It All Started With Laundry

I was in a discussion today about simplifying. It started with a friend “drowning” in laundry and how ten days worth of clothes should be enough. From there we went to reducing what we buy in the way of medicines, home products, etc. and on to what we make ourselves. Some of us make our own soap. Some grow veges and fruit and can and preserve them.

When my kids were little I made EVERYTHING. Noodles, salad dressing, soup, pickles, clothes, napkins…as in cloth. Yes, I had to wash those, but hey, I had to do laundry anyway and I saved a bunch of trees! All that making tapered off as my kids grew and outside activities demanded time, but it didn’t really ever end. I did make outfits for the cheerleaders of my son’s little league football team and I made a wedding dress for one daughter.

Like everyone I know who has moved a lot, I always threw out or gave away tons of stuff when it came time to pack. And then at the new place I still had stuff to get rid of.
I took a lesson from that and go on purges every now and again to keep things pared down. It’s a little difficult as my husband wants to expand space to fit the things. I am of the opposite school…time to throw, chop, give away, whatever if there is too much to fit the space available.
I don’t like to “store” things. The pearl necklace and earrings my great-grandparents gave me for high school graduation are framed and hanging on my bedroom wall where I can enjoy them. (I didn’t count on Barbara Bush when I assumed they would never return to style.)
I got really ruthless in my closet a few years ago and got it down to the 10 days of clothes. Which means if we take a trip longer than that the motel better have a laundry! But it surely makes life at home easier. I even got my husband to see that using too many laundry additives just make your clothes dull and dingy. We’re down to one organic detergent and occasionally bleach the whites!
I don’t make so much food from scratch anymore, but I recycle and I use my own cloth grocery bags. And if I buy a new shirt I have to let go of an old one because I am NOT going to buy any more hangers.

The gist of it is our choices have consequences and we can choose the better ones. Need to make your days easier, more organized, get rid of bodily toxins, reduce fat, waste, lose the stress? We can all find a reason to simplify. God only knows what fun or creative idea you’ll discover in the process.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 23:20:42

    Reminds me of the 6-month rule. If you haven’t used something or wore it in the past six months, get rid of it. I was amazed at the amount of “stuff” I accumulated in the five years I lived in my condo. I don’t know how many trips I took to Goodwill before stashing some in a storage room which hasn’t been visited in two months now. Thanks Mom for the reminder; it’s time to take care of my stuff.

  2. pclampson
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 21:31:14

    I got rid of my records finally and CDs will be next. Have a Kindle, but still like the feel of books so unloading those will be awhile for me, although it is in the offing. Pun intended. (Looked up the word offing once…the more distant part of the sea in view.)

  3. Amy Duncan
    Aug 03, 2013 @ 19:35:06

    I’ve always moved around a lot. Back in the day I used to lug big wooden boxes full of vinyl records and books. Now I’m happy to say I have no records and hardly any CDs (everything is mp3 for me now) and have pretty much stopped buying books (I have a KIndle). I’ll probably get rid of most of the books I still have, too. I LOVE scaling down and not having STUFF!

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