During the past week (since arriving home) I have been going through clothes, accessories and other possessions. The slow transformation from summer to fall (plus the fact that I came home with dirty everything) has given me a jump start in this direction. People, it has also been an eye opener, let me tell you. I had meant to share a photo with you all and then decided no. I don't want you running screaming from the blog. The corner of my bedroom is, very simply, a monstrous pile
A monstrous pile of clothing, and a few accessories. Clothes that I wore once or twice. Clothes that I don't particularly love but bought anyway. Clothes to be donated and clothes to be sold and (maybe) clothing that can be upcycled.
All of this was done as part of my goal for reaching a year round wardrobe of pieces. Which is deserving of it's own belated post (and will include photos!) But my immediate thought as I look at all this stuff is "How much is enough". Seriously, how many pieces of clothing do I actually need, and how many can I really use? And why wasn't I paying attention to that "enough" when I brought this stuff into the house (weight loss issues aside). Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to purchasing or giving into "wants." I brought a brand new fairly heavy cream colored cardigan at basically full price just the other day "just because". But there has to be a level of "enough", no matter what it is.
Manufacturing (of clothing and everything else) uses resources. Virtually every thrift organization in the modern world has so many clothing items (just as one example) that some are being thrown away and some are being sent to third world countries where they are again being thrown away, or destroying the small clothing related economies there. Never mind the fact that even in a decent sized home, clothing takes up space, has to be maintained.......and, and and. And in truth I, like many people probably, tend to wear about 20 percent of the closet 90 percent of the time.
This is not just about my clothing issues, or even me. It can be translated to so many things in my life and I expect to others' as well. Do I REALLY need and use a large slow cooker, a medium slow cooker, a three person slow cooker and an appetizer slow cooker? Would not two of them have sufficed for at least 95 percent of my cooking? And if I make the decision to downsize my space and keep the two, am I confident about where the other two will land, in terms of planet, landfill and sustainability?
Do we really need a charcoal grill, a smoker and a gas grill in this house? Did I need to buy a big SUV (the answer to this is yes, but it's worth asking the question). Do I honestly need to decorate every indoor and outdoor space for each holiday? Do we need every day dishes and casual dishes and holiday dishes (a rhetorical question as I do not have these).
Do I really need to add on another hobby when I still haven't learned everything there is to learn about quilting/painting/knitting/weaving or come close to using all the materials I have on hand? (A question which has prompted to revisit this unfulfilled and ignored goal and promise myself to embrace it in the next months)
Eventually I hope to incorporate this enough question to everything in the house, and even other lefe aspects, bviously making allowances for things and experiences that are loved even if not needed. I'll be letting you know how the rest of it goes.
Meanwhile, I wonder, what will happen to what I let go in terms of landfill and the planet? And what is the best way to reacquire those needs and wanted things in the future.
None of which are easy issues.