Friday, November 12, 2010

Goodbye to Things, Not Memories








When I opened our children's clothing storage boxes in the garage, I was rather disgusted at the sight of so much....still in beautiful condition....just sitting there, unused and untouched for years. So it's off to where it's needed.
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The things may be gone, but the memories remain. Now those same clothes will make new memories somewhere else.
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It feels wonderful.
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18 comments:

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

Good for you!! Your perspective is exactly right!!

Jacinthe said...

I LOVE that long grey coat! Did you make it, or do you remember where you bought it?

Lucy said...

I so would like to do the same thing - but then I wonder if God will send us another child and how I would afford to find nice (ie plain, good quality, non-logo) clothes, and so I hold on to the things. I suppose it is stupid to think God would not send the clothes for the child, but then I wonder if it is prudent to get rid of them and round in circles I go! Your girls always look so elegant and lovely!

Marla said...

I LOVE to get rid of things -- unfortunately, others in my family don't always see things my way. It is actually a good sacrifice for me. Some see a sacrifice in getting rid of stuff; I see a sacrifice in having to keep stuff. :)

E Caughron said...

Oh, how I would love to do the same. I now have six years worth of girls' clothes in storage and just don't know what to do. Every baby, it has been, will we get to use them again? I have tried to "loan" them to sister in laws, but they have enough hand me downs from elsewhere. What am I to do? I just can't see spending the money again, but how I hate moving those containers over and over....

Jamie said...

I love to get rid of things. But I have this small box of "hold backs". Things I just can't bear to get rid of. Like this neon yellow Gap hoodie that my son wore. Or this adorable orphan annie dress that all my girls have worn. What's wrong with me? I have no plans for this stuff but to just HAVE it. Normally, I'm so good about moving on.

Robina said...

Well said. You never want your stuff to own you, bt instead you own or give away your stuff.

Melanie B said...

Lucy, I'm on the same wheel. I go back and forth between about keeping the baby girl clothes and giving them away and trusting God to provide if we have another girl. (We just found out that the baby I'm currently pregnant with is a boy so if we are going to have another girl it wouldn't be for a while at least.) Fortunately I found one way to get out of that loop. I asked my husband to make the decision and he said keep the clothes. I figure he's less emotionally attached to the issue.

Elisa said...

Yes, great attitude! I always try to remind myself that someone can use it and enjoy it like I did.

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

Oh my word- does that coat come in my size? on-sale? :)

Kristen Laurence said...

Jacinthe, I think that coat came from Macy's...about six years ago. Gianna wore it to Mass every Sunday back then. :..(

Lucy, Erin, Melanie...if I had babies the natural way I would probably have kept more for hand-me-downs. We're getting older and it's fairly clear we won't be the large family I'd always imagined, even if we adopt more babies, so it seemed the best thing to do. (Mixed feelings there, obviously.) But I'm so happy little ones who need those clothes now will have them.

Michelle said...

Kristen, good for you. I am facing the same thing now. I've kept so much for so long, and used it, too, praise be to God. But the littlest is 3 and my last 2 pregnancies have been miscarriages, so why am I not blessing another family with my bounty? It ALWAYS comes back to me.

Kate said...

My oldest is in his twenties and my youngest is 4. I have managed a storage system of kids' clothes for the last 20+ years. Every season I go through the clothing and end up giving some bags away so my bins are getting fewer and fewer. What I've learned is: 1)you can never predict if your next boy will be chunkier or slimmer, have longer arms, be shorter, etc. than the previous boy; and 2) some girls are VERY picky about clothing and develop their own style of dressing (which may or may not coincide with previous sister's style). What I now save are mostly items that are handmade that I think my daughters might like to have when they start their families. My mother gave me some items that she had saved from my childhood. My kids liked to hear "Your Uncle Joe wore that sweater when he was little" or "Grandma made that dress for me for Christmas." I recently saw a niece wearing a jumper my mother had made for me when I was 11.

Musings said...

Kristen,
Where did you get the green/white outfit that Madeleine is wearing in the sixth photo? I love it!

Kelly said...

All I can say is, DARN! I wish we lived closer. :) We l o v e hand-me-downs. That's most of our clothing. I'm glad that it went to those that need it. May God bless your generosity.

Kristen Laurence said...

Musings, I made that outfit for Madeleine. Details here...

Mary said...

Good job Mom! Blessing others is the right perspective. I need to do the same.

priest's wife said...

I actually love sending clothes off to new kids...I save the best for family and friends...the rest goes to goodwill