I'm currently reading the book "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess", by Jen Hatmaker and I've joined this blog read-a-long by Marla Taviano to discuss each chapter on Tuesday's. Here is a bit of background on the book (from Amazon):
"7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence."
Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.”
This week's prompt is (I kinda picked my own):
Tips on how to live with less clothing options
I cured myself of having 50 billion clothing options in 2006 with a 4 week trip to Asia in January. I was somehow convinced I needed 6 sweaters (bulky, heavy luggage) and of course a giant winter coat and 10 pairs of pants with all sorts of various other stuff to keep self entertained for that long. I.WAS.MISERABLE! Every airport was a struggle to get 3 bags checked in, every hotel stay was not made happier with more clothing options, in fact I found one solid warm sweater and stuck with that every day as outer wear. At the end of this trip, I was given the voluntary option to return to the states through London with a few days stop. I will never forget my first entrance into Heathrow airport with a giant suitcase and 2nd one tethered on top (by this time I had 3rd bag mailed back to the states). Heathrow has astonishingly massive escalators and you walk miles just to reach the train and then miles just to reach cab area all the while dragging massive bags that make you want to cry and kick them down the stairs leaving all that weight behind.
Travel for 5 weeks and you will re-plan your entire thinking towards clothing.
I now travel with a carry on for 2-3 week trips. I am not joking! I literally fit enough clothing options into a carry on that I take onto the plane with me for 2-3 weeks. I consolidate purse and laptop contents into one bag that fits neatly on top of carry on and I have only 2 bags for the entire trip. How often did this come in handy? 3 trips to Asia last year!
Traveling with limited clothing has proven to me that I'm perfectly satisfied with less clothing options. While home, I've found that I gravitate toward top 10 favorites with a few accessories to change it up.
Now buying clothing for my 3 year old daughter? Oh that's a struggle, I love seeing her in cute clothes. I have to constantly remind myself to maintain control!