Monday, September 16, 2013

The Intentional Home, Week Five: Monday

For an Introduction and Table of Contents for The Intentional Home, click Here.

Week Five: Monday

John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same." 
Luke 3:11

Did you see that? We are on week five and you’re still here, or at least I hope you are still with me! This week we will be focusing on the closets in our home. If you only have one, then you’re in luck! But, I’m guessing that you have at least three and maybe more.

Let’s start in the master bedroom closet and tackle your wardrobe and whatever else happens to be hanging out in there. Here’s the deal, most of you have way too many clothes. So, I’m going to ask you once again to be ruthless. 

Here’s some criteria on deciding what clothes need to find a new home:

-If it has holes, tears, stains or just plain worn out, it needs to go. (Yes, you can hang on to one or two for painting projects or playing in the mud with the kids.)

-If you have not worn it in a year. Okay, you can hold onto that dress that you have for a formal occasion. But, if it’s been several years since you’ve worn it, chances are you won’t want to wear it if an event comes up anyhow.

-If it does not fit properly. That means you need to let go of the size 6 jeans if you’re currently a size 12 and vice versa. Bless someone else with these items. The only exception is for those that are pregnant or planning to have another baby soon. Then, it might be worth it for you to hold on to a few of those “in between” sizes.

-If you do not feel like the article of clothing is flattering or becoming on you. We all fall prey to the clearance rack and pick up things because they are a great deal even if it isn’t really our style or color. If you don’t feel great in it, then once again think of blessing someone else who can really use it.

I’ve found that the fewer clothes I have in my closet the easier it is to get dressed. If I only have articles of clothing that fit me well and give me confidence, then it just makes getting ready so much easier. 

I’ve helped several friends minimize their closets and each one has had similar results. Less is more when clothes are concerned!

Tomorrow, we will come back to the closet and get it all organized. You are welcome to skip ahead if you’re ready for step two.

Daily Chores: 
One load of laundry from start to finish
Make your bed
Unload the dishwasher in the morning, load and run it at night
Wipe down the kitchen counters and sink
Monday’s daily chore of vacuuming

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