I know this space is normally Wordless Wednesdays. But I had to do this TODAY. Y’all, I am locked up in the jaws of Jen Hatmaker’s 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. I am not going to explain the book, read it if you dare, but I am trapped in Month Two: Clothes. In this second of seven months, Jen only wears 7 items of clothes. And she gives away a lot of her 327 items of clothes. I have more clothing items than that. A fair amount more, they take up two full closets, though I refuse to count how much more. I won’t bore you with the historical reasons of why I overspend on clothes and I refuse to blame it on some psychological childhood need. The reality is, if I truly believe my needs and cravings can be satisfied in God, then why do I keep buying?
I gave away two big trash bags of my clothes to friends and family this week, but those items were low hanging fruit. Now I have a career that requires a certain kind of clothes, so I’m not planning on giving away half my wardrobe. But I have too much. And I am convinced there is actually someone specifically in need right now of some things that I could provide.
So if you know someone in the greater Houston area (it has to be in my general region because I can’t afford to ship stuff) that is a size 9 shoe or anywhere from a size 8 to a size 12 in clothing that has a specific need, would you contact me? Just fill out the little contact form and I’ll get it. Since I’ve worked for 15 years, I have a lot of working women things that might come in handy for someone trying to get a job or starting a new job.
I leave you with her words about why she’s undertaking reducing the amount of clothes in her closet: Sadly, I wear only a tiny percentage of these clothes. So while my mouth is yammering about my laissez-faire attitude toward my wardrobe, my hand keeps reaching into my wallet to buy more. If I am serious about addressing overindulgence and irresponsible spending, I need not look any further than our closets. I spend more just on clothes in one year than the average Ethiopian family earns in almost five.