As I’ve continued my purge process I’ve been
- 15+ hats
- 10+ scarves
- 15+ pairs of gloves
- 8 gloves missing a mate
cornered gathered everyone with the intention of all of us picking out 1-2 items to keep. You would have thought that I was asking them to give up their most prized possession in the world. There were all kinds of excuses of why they needed to keep the items.
- Why do you get to keep four pairs of leather gloves (because I’m the mom and two of them are never worn)
- But that’s an Abercrombie scarf
- That scarf was made for me by……
- But what will my friends wear when they are over and they need a hat or mittens?
- Those small little gloves are cute; I don’t want to get rid of them!
I did manage to pry a number of items from their clutches but we still have more winter wear than what we need. My plan is to go ahead and donate the items that we're all in agreement can be donated. The rest I'm going to stick in our winter wear basket and monitor it. In the spring I'm going to make the kids get rid of whatever wasn't worn this year. I could go ahead and just get rid of the stuff but I want the kids to see the benefit of purging. When they see what they kept but didn't wear hopefully they'll see the light and understand what I'm preaching.
For some reason we tend to hold onto stuff we don't need. Maybe it's our caveman instincts trying to hold on to stuff during the good times for times of scarcity. Whatever it is the change has to come from within. I'll keep working on the kids and make them get rid of stuff they don't need, I am their mother after all.
and I do have some pull.
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I'll be linking this up over at I'm an Organizing Junkie
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