#trashouttuesday / we can’t continue to do this ANY LONGER

the daily Starr trash out tuesday

We’ve been super blessed with friends and family that send us hand-me-down clothes for our kids. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful we are for this. I’ve never had to buy clothes and this is huge.

B U T . . . . .

With 3 kids it’s beginning to become overwhelming. Mainly because I’ve been keeping ALL THE CLOTHES.

I’ve never consigned or yard-saled their clothes and I haven’t really let go of much either.

Our attic is full.

Our bonus room always looks like this (or worse).

Boxes of clothes. Bags of clothes. Stacks of clothes. Clothes. Clothes. CLOTHES.

Their closets are busting at the seams too. It’s a bit out of control. Even when the closets are organized, they’re stuffed so tightly you can’t fit them all in.

They don’t wear half of the clothes because there are so many and God has been convicting me of this lately. Even though I haven’t been wasteful with my spending (I don’t spend money on these clothes, thank goodness), I have been wasteful with my hoarding habits.

How many other families could we help and bless by letting go of what we don’t use???

So so many.

Part of my excuse has been to hold onto these clothes because we might have more children (I said MIGHT, Brian). Even if we have more children, I’m sure we could clothe an entire kid army with our stockpiles.

No more, y’all.

I’m thankful for people God puts in my path to remind me of what He’s already been urging me to do. I’ve been struggling with the clothing situation for a few months now and purposely avoided putting things in the attic because I knew in my heart we didn’t need to keep all these clothes.

And then a friend sends a text just this week – “Hey, do you have any 4T clothes I could buy??”

GIRLLLLLL – DO I HAVE CLOTHES???

It was just the confirmation I needed to do what I’ve been feeling for so long. Let. Go. Starr.

The clothes are all packed up – there were 3 big stacks of 4 and 5Ts sitting in front of my couch just waiting on my friend’s need.

Now most of them are going to her daughter. And I told her they were passed along to us free of charge, so we’ll be doing the same. Time for another family to enjoy!

I’m only keeping this small stack that are my most memorable pieces – outfits my girls wore a lot or in photos or that have been handed down in our family –  and will fit nicely into one small paper box in the attic. You’re welcome, Brian.

I can’t continue to hold onto things that are weighing me and my family down – even if they are good things. Too much of a good thing can become sin and a hindrance that holds us back.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,       Hebrews 12:1 NIV

 

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8 comments

  1. Girl, I have SO been in this place-only difference is I had them in tubs in the basement. My daughter, who just turned 10, had 14 (yes FOURTEEN) tubs of clothes she had outgrown and the kicker is ive been giving her outgrown clothes away for the last 3 or 4 sizes!! This is one of the blessings of having the only grandkids (1 girl, 1 boy) on BOTH sides of the family. 😳
    This summer my Father-In-Law got involved with Men & Women of Action here in Cleveland. They have been blessed with a building (don’t think I can say where) which will soon turn into a Safeway house for abused women & children as well as women rescued from sex trafficking. These ladies can surely use our used items (not just clothes) to help them get restarted. We have already taken one completely loaded down truck to them and have almost another full load to go and then I’m finished. I have all my tubs back, sitting in the corner– EMPTY!! What a wonderful feeling it is to be blessing other with things we are no longer using and to regain a part of our home!

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    • I’m soooo glad to hear I’m not alone in this! Yes, the grandparents definitely contribute to my problem, haha! But that’s what grandparents are for, right?!? 🙂

      I love that you’ve found a ministry that needs your stuff. I’m doing the same thing. I thought this afternoon about really getting my girls involved in putting these items in the hands of people that need them so that they can begin to learn the heart of giving and see how others can use what we don’t need! Thank you so much for your comments, friend. We can do this!!

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  2. Hi there! I’m sure you heard about the large apartment fire on Albemarle Rd/ Farmpond lane. New Hope Church on Albemarle is taking donations for the 130 displaced victims…I’m sure there is a need for children’s clothing. Also, my cousin works for union county child protective services…sometimes they are in need of children’s clothing due to the circumstances of removing kids immediately from their homes. You are too cute! I relate to your struggle!

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    • Thank you so much for this info! I actually haven’t turned on the tv for several days or spent much time online so I didn’t know about this. I will look into what they need most!

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