52 Weeks: #26 How Much is Enough?
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Happy Canada Day!!
And a huge congratulations for reaching the half way mark, today is week #26….woohoo!!!
So a question I seem to get frequently has to do with how much someone should have of something. Most often it has to do with kid’s clothing and how many pants, shirts, socks, onesies, etc is the recommended number. They usually tell me that they have so many clothes for their kids that the drawers aren’t closing or they are stacked in boxes and they are fed up. And in that sentence they pretty much answer the question for themselves don’t they? It’s almost like they need some reassurance though that it’s okay to part with some of it. Someone to tell them that it’s the right thing to do. Guilt sure is an ugly beast isn’t it?
So here is what I would tell them. It’s earth shattering, are you ready for it?
There is no magic number and there is no ideal. There is no lightening that will strike you down for keeping eight pairs of pants as opposed to five. It just all depends on your circumstances and no one can determine that but you.
What I always suggest though is that you pay attention to that inner voice that screams out in frustration every time you try to put the clothes away and they don’t fit the space or every time your child dumps a drawer looking for a particular shirt. If that voice is telling you enough is enough already, PAY ATTENTION. The right number will be totally unique for your family and the space you have available. It just doesn’t matter what Mary Jane down the street is doing or what some expert somewhere says because the bottom line is this. This is your life.
It’s not the ones who have all the space in the world with no frustration to speak of that are emailing me. Nope, it’s those that are overwhelmed with trying to organize all the clothes that they think they should have or want to keep but just don’t have the space to do it. That’s when the decisions get difficult and they are looking for some guidelines to make it a little easier to decide. I get that. So here’s what I do to take the guess work out of it for myself.
I set boundaries and limits with the space I have available.
For instance, let’s take my 5 year old son’s clothes. I have a dresser for him with four drawers. The top one needs to hold his socks/underwear and pjs. The next drawer holds his pants, the one after that his shirts and the bottom drawer holds his shorts in summer and sweaters in winter. So in our house it’s not about the number, it’s about the space. I have no idea how many pairs of pants my son has (I’ve never stopped to add them up) but I do know that his one pants drawer, which I have established as the limit, closes for me nicely. That’s how I keep track of how much is enough. It’s as simple as that.
How about you? Do you know how much is enough? And if not, what limits and boundaries can you put in place to provide you with a daily visual reminder?
Enjoy the long weekend everyone!!!!
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