This past week I've been cleaning house in places that I usually neglect such as the dining room, utility room, and our bedroom. I usually take time to clean Brazos and Sandy's room but when it comes to my room I just start making piles.
I had a huge pile of clothes on the floor on my side of the bed, maily because I don't have any space for it. The teeny tiny closet if full. The two dresser drawers are full and under the bed there is just no more room. I know it sounds like I have a lot of space with a closet, 2 dressers, and under the bed, but if you saw my tiny room you would understand that I really have no space.
So this pile next to my bed was consumed of skirts and dresses that no longer fit. I have an attachment to clothing, which I think comes from my grandmother, to wear I remember why I bought each piece and I just can't seem to part with it. For example, I had the skirt that wore on my first day of teaching in my very own classroom. I loved that skirt but I'm pretty sure i won't fit back into it. I tell myself that maybe Sandy will like it one day, but then I realize that it'll be another 20 years until she can wear it and that's a long time away. Then I ask myself what do I want to leave around for Sandy as momentos and I know pictures and stories of our lives is more important than leaving her my clothing. She'll get my wedding dress which she may like more than an old skirt.
So I decided that I would donate my clothing to Hospice Boutique in downtown Brenham. After I gave the sweet ladies my boxes, as I was walking out I heard them talking about what nice clothing I had in the boxes and how I folded them so neatly. It made me feel good about donating it...and I began to walk a little slower to hear what else they might say. ;)
At night, it felt good to not have a pile of clothes to step over, although I still find myself wanting to take a big step over the clothing....it must have been there for a while to have a habit of stepping over it.
I also have a hard time parting with Brazos and Sandy's clothing. I did get one bag full of clothing, blankets, and some maternity clothes that I was going to donate to Sweet Repeats, the children's resale clothing store downtown. When I brought her the bag she only accepted about 1/3 of it which bummed me out a bit, because it was a big deal for me to get rid of some of it. I'll give it to MOPS for their annual garage sale.
When shopping for Sandy's baby food I came across this:
I was so excited! At first I had filled the cart with the plastic Gerber containers which I hate. Every time you open those containers they squirt some food out which usually lands on my clothing. I miss the glass jars. Just as I was about to walk away I saw this box hiding on the shelf. You can buy a box of veggies and a box of fruits with 16 GLASS JARS each.
Then as I was checking out this gum and mints caught my eye.
I've seen it before, but I read the fine print carefully this time and as I placed it on the conveyor belt I felt like I just made the choice to save the world. When I popped a piece of chewing gum in my mouth I got that feeling again, "I just planted a tree!" The gum plants 7 trees and the mints feeds 7 people. Amazing!