I’ve been in a state of “less is more” living for the past 10 years. Sometimes my brain doesn’t think that way when I create complicated projects at work, and my boss says with a smile, “Someone once told me, ‘Less is more.’” We both laugh when he reminds me like he did last Friday because I was the one who told him that years ago. We all need reminders, don’t we?
For fun, I watched the Minimalists documentary on Netflix that night. I once followed them via their blog years ago, so it was good to be reminded that people and God should still be our priority in life over things. In fact, yesterday morning I got busy cleaning out my closet, removing a lot of clutter: Things.
Now that I’m working out with weights again, I’m returning to the size I wore in high school that’s actually a size larger than when I was raising our boys at home. I’m having a love/hate relationship with my muscles, lol. In fact, I only have one pair of jeans left that fit me well and when I tried them on, they made me so happy, I didn’t think of having “more.”
I packed three large garbage bags full of clothes that I’ve owned for quite a while – clothes I still love, but need a new home. I imagine you have them too.
So when I saw a lady on the documentary talk about her 33 shoes/clothes rule, I wondered if I could dwindle my wardrobe down to just the basics and be happy too. I’m still a work in progress, but, eventually, I would love to make that my goal as well. It’s hard for Americans who have so much and who can buy so much so cheaply to fathom, isn’t it?
My high school self, even though we are more similar in size again now, didn’t think the way my mature self thinks today about material possessions. She had a lot to learn both about people and things to get to this point. Maybe you do too; I just hope it doesn’t take you as long as it took me to get your priorities in order.
It’s funny: The more I focus on “less,” the “more” content I become.
Less is truly more. Clean out your closet and see if you agree.