I recently spent the day with my momma cleaning out and organizing my closet. I put this task off for over a year, but I finally found the courage to tackle it with the moral support from my mom.
From this simple task, I learned a lot about myself:
- Lesson #1: Just Do You! When you go through your closet, it is like taking a walk down memory lane. You notice that there are certain styles that you simply love and will rock forever! Some things never change. For me, it would be the strapless tube top! My close friends know that I will forever rock the strapless top and strapless dress – it is simply who I am! My grandkids will need to organize an intervention to get me out of the tube tops when I am 80.
- Lesson #2: I Have Everything I Need! After unpacking and organizing all of my clothes, I realized that I own every type of clothing (work clothes, formal dresses, casual clothes, work out gear, beachwear, etc.) I ever needed. Over the last few years, I bought pieces that I already owned simply because I didn’t know what was in my closet. So, on last week I promised myself (and more importantly my momma- lol!) that I would not buy any new clothing, because I have everything that I need.
- Lesson #3: STOP and Take an Inventory! It is important to stop periodically and take an inventory of your belongings. If you don’t, it will cost you a lot of time and money. I wasted a lot of time, energy and money re-creating outfits and things that I already owned. I pride myself on being a thrift shopper – my close friends know my favorite store!!! But, I still have wasted so much money over the last years buying the same things over and over again – even if it was 50% off or only $5 or $6 dollars. And, the money does not even account for the amount of time I’ve wasted shopping for the same stuff over and over again. So, my plan is to take an inventory of my closet and my daughters’ closet each season in order to save time and money!
These simple lessons are transferrable to life in generally. My closet cleaning re-affirmed a few things I already knew!
My personality and uniqueness is evident in my style and in my life. I decided in my 20s to chart my own path in life and to just do April!!!
The second lesson was also a beautiful reminder: I have all that I need! The key word is “need” – not want. From a spiritual point, I believe that God has given us everything we need (within us) to navigate this life and fulfill our purpose.
And, finally my closet taught me to STOP & TAKE AN INVENTORY OF YOUR LIFE!
When you are so busy with life that you can’t stop and evaluate where you are and where you are going, it costs you! So, take a few minutes to take my brief survey on Purpose, Wealth, and Legacy.