Sunday, December 11, 2016
Wanting or Needing?
Today's Sunday Lifestyle Pages had several articles on recycling, reusing and making our own clothing. The authors also discussed wanting and needing LESS. I recall someone asking "how many pairs of pants can you wear" meaning, I think, how many do you actually need.
I don't know about any of you, but I tend to wear the same two or three or four things all the time. I only wear the second choice while the first choice is in the wash. On a few terrible occasions I have gotten wet or dirty twice in one day and had to wear things I would never wear otherwise-third choice items. On those terrible days--I should just have packed up everything for Goodwill.
Third choice items are usually itchy, scratchy or ill fitting in one place or another. Yesterday I had on third choice socks and let me tell you--I was downright miserable and my feet hurt.
I should clarify further. I buy multiples of things I love. Like 7 white linen short sleeved camp shirts. I would have to get dirty 7 times before having to go to a second choice shirt. I have 7 because I HAVE had to go to second choice on occasion and I absolutely hated it. All those second choice shirts are either gone or have been moved to the linen fabric box--to be used to make things--like pillow cases or little quilted things.
Winter linen shirts have long sleeves. And they are white also. A few have stripes. I felt I needed variety but I don't wear them very often. I have pastel colored linen from the days I worked at the library and weighed 240 pounds. Too large for me to wear now--so they are in the fabric closet.
All my winter pants are the same pant. LLBean corduroy. Different colors. Different vintages. I tend to prefer wearing the mossy green ones. Tend not to enjoy wearing the black ones. They all cost between $5 and twenty cents. Or LLBean perfect knit pant. I bought armloads of them at 20 cents each when I worked part time. Oddly enough--I can't find more than four pair- and I've spent hours looking.
This summer, I trolled Goodwill and now have the same black or brown linen pants, capri length, LLBean. Multiples. Love them. Hate when Winter comes. Summer is my happiest season.
I actually could and should just remove everything else from the closet. I got that Kondo book from the library. About getting rid of the things that don't "spark joy".
There are days in January when I wear my pajamas all day with a sweater. My pajamas always spark joy. The sweater not so much. I should buy or find a better one.
Well, that's it for today. I have yet to get the lights on the little short tree. No football game today. I may go to the grocery store or we may just order take out.
The eat one thing and wait 2 hours plan is working great. I haven't had any acid reflux. I have no idea why I haven't had any but.......I'll go with it. Perhaps it's the combination of foods???