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Stitch Fix #26: The one where I wanted to keep it all!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

You guys. Is it just me, or is winter hanging around for-ev-er this year?! You would think after 34 winters, I would get how this works, but no. EVERY year, January ends, and I think we're on the upswing, and then - THEN - I remember how brutal February is! And this one hasn't disappointed. 

BUT. In just a few short weeks, I get to head to fabulous CABO with my KEEP sisters, and that thought alone is brightening the yuckiest of days! Since I haven't shopped in quite awhile, especially for anything warm weather worthy, I needed to snag a Stitch Fix to help with the trip! 

If you don't know about Stitch Fix (<--Referral link!), let me give you a little rundown. Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service, and you decide how frequently, or infrequently, you'd like a shipment. You'll fill out a detailed style profile about your sizes, style preferences, and budget (and it's super fun to fill out the profile to see what your style preferences are!). Not only does Stitch Fix offer clothing, but they have accessories, bags, and even shoes now! They style both men and women, and they offer extended sizes. You pay a $20 styling fee that gets applied to your purchase, but right now, if you sign up for your first /fix through my link, your first styling fee is waived. Zero risk! And, if someone signs up through your referral link, you get a $25 credit to use toward your next purchase! (And let me tell you, that adds up to some awesome free close!) The BEST part of Stitch Fix? It comes directly to my door which means I can try it on in the comfort of my own home, pair it with things already in my wardrobe, and not have to take my brood into a dressing room with me. So much winning! 

You can see my previous Fixes here:

Stitch Fix #1
Stitch Fix #2
Stitch Fix #3
Stitch Fix #4
Stitch Fix #5
Stitch Fix #6
Stitch Fix #7
Stitch Fix #8
Stitch Fix #9
Stitch Fix #10
Stitch Fix #11
Stitch Fix #12
Stitch Fix #13
Stitch Fix #14
Stitch Fix #15
Stitch Fix #16 
Stitch Fix #17
Stitch Fix #18
Stitch Fix #19
Stitch Fix #20
Stitch Fix #21
Stitch Fix #22
Stitch Fix #23
Stitch Fix #24
Stitch Fix #25

For this Fix, I asked my INCREDIBLE stylist Serena to help me find beach friendly wear that I could also use at home AND nurse in. No small feat, friends, but if you've read my past Fixes, you know Serena is like a style magician and always comes through! This Fix didn't disappoint, and I kinda want to keep it all! But I need your help (see below!)! 

1. Kaileigh Cecile Knit Dress, $54
If you're looking at this and thinking it looks familiar, you're not wrong! I was actually sent this dress in my last Fix, but it was just a little too snug! I tried to exchange it at the time, but they didn't have the next size up. But, Serena found it for me! I love the floral and the colors of this dress, and I think it'll be perfect for spring (and maybe Harrison's baptism!)! This makes my heart happy! 

2. Collective Concepts Ellie Wrap Blouse, $58 
Okay, so this blouse is FUN! I love the wrap around, the sleeves, the nursing friendly capability, the fact that I can dress it up or down - it's just really fun! Only because I have boy children, I wish it was a different color, but this might be a shirt I just don't wear around the kiddos. ;) I don't have anything like this, and I love that it's really versatile! 

3. Loveappella Deanne Printed Maxi Skirt, $48
4. Lemon Tart Gabriella One Shoulder Ruffle Knit Top, $38 
So, here's where the trouble comes in, friends. I was SO looking forward to this outfit because in Cabo, we have a party on the last night where we're supposed to wear blue and white. The skirt will be perfect for the cooler Cabo nights, and the top is adorable - but it's SO. DARN. BIG! Like, comically big. And because of the nature of the shirt, it would be unwearable unless I can take it in. (Or, it would be super nursing friendly in that this shirt might actually expose the goods completely.) I tried to see if there was a smaller top available to exchange it for, but alas, there's not. Do we think I can alter it enough to be able to wear it?!

5. Mia Ozella Laser Cut Sandals, $50 
I've been pinning a lot of cute sandals lately to my Pinterest board, and Serena took note and sent these cuties to wear with this Fix. Gah! They're so cute (my toes, not so much, but ignore them!). I love these flats for on the beach in Cabo and running around with my boys at home. 

So what do I doooooo, friends? I love this whole Fix, but that darn one shoulder top! What do I do with that? I need your help! And if I don't keep the whole Fix, what are the must keep items?!

A grrrrific third birthday: Henry's Daniel Tiger themed party

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Our oldest son is three. WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?! It feels like just minutes ago he came rolling into our lives, and our world has been that much sweeter for it. And now, he's this spunky, funny, so, so, so active little man with thoughts and words (so many words!) and imagination, and I'm not even sure how it all happened. 

This past weekend, we celebrated little man in the midst of a giant snow storm! Luckily, with a winter birthday, we've always planned to be inside, so this year, our celebration took us to Fun-n-Fitness gymnastics. If you live in the Michiana area and have littles, they NEED to be going here. Miss Barb is truly incredible, and while I've seen Henry gain so much more coordination and agility, it's the independence he's gained here that I love even more. So, we decided to share the love and have his party at his favorite place. 

When I asked Henry what kind of birthday party he wanted to have, he informed me that he wanted yellow cake. So, we gave him some options, and he was quick to decide on Daniel Tiger. We try to limit his screen time, but I'll tell you, Daniel Tiger always gets a pass in our house. He loves Daniel and his lessons, and we love that we can bust out those catchy Daniel songs when he needs a reminder. 

"If you're feeling mad and you want to roar, take a deep breath, and count to four!" 

"When you have to go potty, stop and go right away!"

"When something seems bad, turn it around, and find something good!"

I could go on all day. But I won't. 

I was honestly surprised when I started looking at the lack of Daniel Tiger things available. I kind of thought for sure we'd be able to locate a bunch at big box stores, but it seemed like if we wanted anything cutesy, we were going to have to turn to Etsy. Instead, I did a quick Pinterest search and found some awesome freebies! These free printables were adorable, and made for a few cute decorations around the gymnastics center! 

We searched high and low locally for a Daniel Tiger birthday cake, but we couldn't find any! So we improvised! We went to our favorite supermarket, and we used their Princess Sophia walking down the road cake design to turn it into Daniel. We cut the Sophia items, flowers, and pink and purple, and I ordered these Daniel Tiger figures to put on the road. I think it turned out super cute, and Henry loved that the figures were his to play with afterward! 
And of course, we had to get some Daniel themed party favors! In addition to our to go car snacks (apple sauce packets, fruit snacks, and Goldfish packets), we also had a Daniel Tiger Activity Pack for each of our little attendees. I thought these were so cute because who doesn't love a little coloring?! 
Because we were limited on time and space, we didn't give Henry his presents at the party. Instead, we waited for his actual birthday, and we kept the Daniel Tiger theme going! In addition to his birthday cake figures, we also snagged him some Daniel Tiger DVDs (for those moments when we can't get it on On Demand!), and our friend Grace got him some AMAZING Daniel Tiger Colorforms (which totally make me think of my childhood!)! This little man received some super sweet gifts from friends and family, and he definitely won't be hurting for indoor activities the rest of the winter! Lucky little dude, this one. 

And now, life goes back to normal with our three-year-old. I can't wait to see what this year brings! 

Multitasking. And why it's the devil. And why I'm choosing to savor the moment.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


I have always been an incredible multitasker. It's something I prided myself on. In job interviews, I always named it as one of my best assets - I had the ability to be planning a lesson, grading papers, and responding to parent emails all in one fell swoop. When I work out, the elliptical is my machine of choice because I can work while I'm on it. As a work at home momma, this has also served me well. I can nurse a baby, make lunch for a toddler, be tuning in to a work conference call, and thinking about the sixteen tasks next on my list to accomplish. I'm a list maker. I like lists. But I digress. 

And all of this multitasking served me really well, until baby number two came along. Because at that point, all the multitasking just started to make me feel like no one's getting 100% - time, energy, love - they're getting 70%, maybe, if it's a good day. They're getting someone who's distracted. And no one wins.

The problem with multitasking is that you're always thinking one or two or ten steps ahead. It is INCREDIBLY hard to stay in the moment. So when I should have been 100% focused on a conversation with my son or 100% focused on having a special moment with my baby, I was instead quickly checking my phone to see if there were any business items I needed to attend to. Or texting a friend really quickly about her weekend plans. Or making my grocery list. Or throwing in a load of laundry. Or whatever it might be that took my attention away. 

And what I've come to realize as of late is that multitasking is exhausting. And it's not all that fun right now. 

As a list maker, a Type A lady, an achiever.  I want to feel accomplished, but what I'm learning is my old methods might actually be making me more unproductive. Studies show you're more likely to make mistakes, feel stressed, hurt your relationships, and overeat with frequent multitasking. 

Ummm, ain't no one got time for that negativity. So, I'm changing the game. Flipping the switch. Trying something new. And I snagged this beauty as a reminder. 
Yesterday, I was in my eldest's room trying to get him to take a nap. He was being restless and silly, and I was itching to get things done before the baby woke up. I almost, almost said to him, "Hurry up and go to sleep so I can do some work, bud." But, I saw my bracelet, and I reminded myself to shut up and savor the moment. Instead, I sat down with him. I looked in his little boy eyes. I asked him what his favorite part of our morning had been. We sang a song from our music class. We cuddled. It took way longer than I wanted it to. 

And it was glorious. It was probably my favorite 15 minutes of the day. 

Friends, there is nothing at all wrong with slowing the f down and doing one thing at a time. If you're like me, you're going to need to say that to yourself about twenty times a day, and that's okay. This is a giant departure from the norm. Give up the guilt of not getting enough done (hell, maybe we'll be more productive!). Block your time. Decide what's non-negotiable. And take a breath while you savor the moment. It's really freaking freeing. 

Valentine’s gifting for guys, gals, and little pals 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Valentine's Day is such a special day in our family's world. Not because it's Valentine's Day, but because of the day before. See, in 2012, Dan and I exchanged our first tentative messages on Match.com, and six years later, it still makes me smile when I think about those first few sentences (spoiler alert: we talked about cheese!)! And in 2015, our sweet, independent, loving little man was born (although his due date was actually Valentine's Day!). So, this time of year is always a fun one for us. 

But it's also one of those days where I often struggle with gifting. I love showing our boys how loved they are, and I want to get them special gifts, but it's hard to know what to get everyone. And I'm 99% sure my husband would say the same about me (he's probably waiting until February 14 to snag that gift). So this year, I've compiled some of my favorite items to gift (most are under $50!) in hopes that you'll love them just as much as I do! 

For the Men
Subscription Box from Bespoke Post
A few years ago, I was on the hunt for a birthday gift for my husband, and friend of mine recommended Bespoke Post. This is a subscription box service, but it's super easy to skip months where you don't want a shipment. You can also pay a little more and choose not to use the subscription portion. Anyway, I LOVE these boxes because they're truly so unique. From super cool drink sets to wallet and watch sets to gym sets, this site has a little of everything. The inventory is always rotating, and I love that the gift has pieces that all work well together. A box will run you $45, and you can choose which set to get. Word on the street is that there will be women's boxes launching soon too! 

Beer Soap
So, after you've been together for awhile, you sort of start to run out of great ideas when it comes to gifting. A few years ago, we were making our grocery list close to Dan's birthday, and the two requests he had to put on it were beer and soap. So, naturally I thought, someone should make beer soap! Enter Etsy! There's a whole HOST of beer soaps on there, so I found a store I loved with great reviews, snagged him some awesome "flavors," and he was a happy man (note: we also DID pick up beer at the store, so the list was still completed). The shop I purchase from is currently on a hiatus, but there are several other shops you can find just by searching! 

Cookie Bouquet
In my past life as a high school English teacher, I remember one particular discussion I had with my newspaper staffers regarding gift deliveries. One of the boys made a case that girls are super lucky because they can get things delivered to them at their jobs or school (flowers, balloons, gifts) and that there really wasn't a market for this for guys. So, we went hunting and found these Corso's Cookie Bouquets! The perfect gift for a dude - a bouquet of delicious treats to eat at work! And while there are definitely more feminine options, I also spotted footballs (hello, Superbowl!) and beer mugs, so everyone is covered! 


For the Ladies: 
KEEP engraveable and ring options
What do women want? More than anything? To know they were thought about. Period. It doesn't even really matter the gift as long as it's heartfelt and took a little planning. Enter the engraveable line from KEEP Collective! This line is PERFECT for Valentine's Day! Engrave your anniversary date, the coordinates to where you met, a song lyric from the first dance at your wedding, or anything else special to you! The engraveable bracelets start at just $29, and the necklace is $39. Flowers die, y'all. Get her something she can wear every day and know that you think about her! 

Mug and other "daily" items
Think about all the things the lady in your life does every day. What new thing could she use to complement that life? Is she a coffee drinker? She needs this mug. Does she always have a million things with her? She NEEDS a Four Things Tote Bag! (Seriously, this is eternally on my to-buy list!) Think of her favorite things, and then elevate it. Fancy coffee. A new water cup. Something for her home gym (but only if she's a fitness buff. Because otherwise that's offensive.). 

Date coupons
Wanting to go the homemade route? YES! Homemade gifts rock! And my absolute favorite homemade gifts are date coupons. Because what's better than putting on paper that you're going to spend time together. Can't think of your own? Snag some of these.


For the Littles: 
Little Explorers Subscription Box
If you're new to the blog, you should probably know that I'm a HUGE fan of subscription boxes. Because seriously, don't we all need more happy in the mail. So I'm SUPER excited to order the Little Passports box for our little explorer this year! Each month, you'll get a sweet box filled with educational topics around the globe. For littles, it's large concepts like oceans and weather, and for older kiddos, it's more specific items like countries and tourist destinations. I LOVE the idea of having fun adventures each month! 

Mommy and Me anything
Having only boys, I worried I might not be able to find any cute mommy and me sets out there. But behold! There are LOADS of options in the clothing department! I'm currently crushing on this set from Etsy because it's so sweet! For girl mommas, I'm crushing hard on KEEP's Rose Quartz engraveable bracelet! Rose Quartz represents love, and you can engrave nicknames, a fun phrase, or whatever you'd like on them. I also have a major crush on the new ring since you can add whatever charm you'd like! How sweet would it be to split the BFF heart?

A special date 
Par for the course, my favorite thing to do with our toddler is a special date - something that makes us a fun memory. This year for the eldest, we'll be tackling our first movie in the theaters, our first mini golf game (once the weather breaks, of course), and special dates to the trampoline park, ice cream, and other various adventures. The little guy is still pretty little, but we're looking forward to lots of special outings with him too - just on a smaller scale. 

So there you have it! What sorts of goodies are YOU gifting this year? I'd love to hear! 

On working through impostor syndrome

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Okay, friends, today, we have to talk about impostor syndrome. You know this feeling, yes? The one where you feel like a total fraud? And that at any moment, someone is going to realize you're not actually supposed to be there/talented enough/good enough/whatever other crazy things we tell ourselves? 

Yes. That's the impostor syndrome I'm talking about. We've all been there. Hell, I'm there right now. Allow me to explain. 

So, as you probably know, I work from home. KEEP Collective is absolutely what I needed in my life post children when I knew I wasn't ready to return to teaching. It's my happy place. It's the place where I get to help other people tell their stories. It's a place where if I work hard, I can see the results. It's a place where I can accomplish goals. 

It's also a place where I've seen incredible success and then setbacks. I joined KEEP in the early fall of 2015 to make a little extra spending money so that I could enroll our oldest in music classes guilt free. Three months later, I'd promoted five times - something I NEVER saw coming when I ordered my starter kit. It was a whirlwind of a journey - an incredible one that meant not only me, but many others were diving into the world of running our own businesses! Just over a year later, I promoted again to Director - something that I'm still incredibly proud of my team for. 

And then six months later, we lost it. The momentum didn't keep up, and we neither did we. 

I would love to say that I didn't feel badly about it, that it didn't make me sad. It did, and it still does. My team is full of incredible women who work their businesses in their own ways - full time, part time, hobbyists. I support each and every one of them and their goals - because that's the beauty of a flexible business. But it still stings knowing that we didn't get back to something we've already achieved once. It still stings now. 

And sometimes, when I'm on a leader conference call or answering questions in a leader Facebook group, I feel like an impostor. No one else has ever made me feel that way - in fact, the women in my company are incredibly supportive and helpful. But I feel that way. I feel like maybe I don't deserve to be there and don't deserve the accolades that come with being a KEEP Collective leader. Silly, because it's entirely self-inflicted. But impostor syndrome is tricky like that. But it doesn't have to win. 

So what do you do when, like me, you're feeling all sorts of imposter-y? Here's what's helped me most, and I'm hoping it helps you too. 

Stop comparing. 
It's true what they say, you know, that comparison is the thief of joy. None of us are at the same place in our journeys. So comparing your beginning to someone else's middle or end just isn't fair. Comparing your life paths gets you no where, because they haven't been the same. So, knock that stuff off. Stop comparing, and save your sanity! 

Remind yourself that you've had a role in your success. 
Even if you're not where you want to be, you HAVE had success, and YOU played the largest role in that. You've worked hard. OWN THAT! And even if it's not where you want to be, recognize that past successes can lead to future ones too. 

Focus on what you ARE doing or CAN do. 
A lot of things are out of our control. Whether in business or life, we have to take a step back and recognize that some things just aren't meant to be controlled. I can't control a lot of things in my day - the weather, other people's availability, how much someone does or doesn't want to work her business. And I could let all of that annoy me. Or, I can focus on the things I am doing or I can do. I can continue to love and care for my kids. I can continue to grow my personal business through my actions and reach outs. I AM doing a heck of a lot, even though some days it feels like I'm accomplishing nothing. Focusing on what I can do or did do makes it way easier to stomach the things out of my control. 

Fake it 'til you make it. 
This is truly one of my favorites. Feeling impostor-y? Pretend you're not. I realize that sounds incredibly simplistic. But sometimes just faking it really makes a giant difference. Hold your head up and fake it, and keep working until you get to where you want to be. 

If all else fails, realize that no one else really knows what they're doing 100% of the time either. 
I mean truly. Do any of us REALLY know what we're doing all the time? No. No way. We ALL have moments of self-doubt, fear, impostor moments. But knowing that everyone else has them too makes it just a little easier to take. 

What other tips and tricks do you have? Lay 'em on me! 

Stitch Fix #25: Transitioning to spring (with baby friendly clothes!)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Can we just talk for a minute about how much I love having things mailed directly to me? Yes, let's. Take for instance, Christmas 2017. I would say 90% of our holiday shopping this year was done on Amazon and 100% of it was done online. Granted, that might just have been because there was no way I was lugging a two-week-old out in the worst cold and flu season we've seen in awhile, but regardless, the fact that we were still able to get all of our shopping done was incredible. 

And THAT is why services like Stitch Fix make me so, so, so darn happy. 
If you don't know about Stitch Fix (<--Referral link!), let me give you a little rundown. Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service, and you decide how frequently, or infrequently, you'd like a shipment. You'll fill out a detailed style profile about your sizes, style preferences, and budget (and it's super fun to fill out the profile to see what your style preferences are!). Not only does Stitch Fix offer clothing, but they have accessories, bags, and even shoes now! They style both men and women, and they offer extended sizes. You pay a $20 styling fee that gets applied to your purchase, but right now, if you sign up for your first /fix through my link, your first styling fee is waived. Zero risk! And, if someone signs up through your referral link, you get a $25 credit to use toward your next purchase! (And let me tell you, that adds up to some awesome free close!) The BEST part of Stitch Fix? It comes directly to my door which means I can try it on in the comfort of my own home, pair it with things already in my wardrobe, and not have to take my brood into a dressing room with me. So much winning! 

You can see my previous Fixes here:
Stitch Fix #1

So for this Fix, I asked to get nursing friendly tops that would make me feel less frumpy. I also mentioned my upcoming trip to Cabo, so Serena snagged some items that might work there too. And, she pointed out that it’s been two years since she started styling me - and what a beautiful two years it has been! There were a few hits and a few misses, so I need your help deciding what to keep! 

Let's just start with the misses and get them out of the way, shall we? 
1. Coin 1804 Halem Cold Shoulder Collared Knit Top, $54
2. Studio Blue Freya Skinny Jean, $58
As soon as I saw this top in my Fix, I thought, this will either be a great success or an epic failure. This one... failure! I love the idea in theory - buttons for easy nursing access, cold shoulder trend that I keep trying to pull off, light heathered grey color. But it just looks frumpy and weird. It feels like a pajama shirt, but the collar makes it kind of formal? And the sleeves are a weird length. So, back in the box this went. 

And let this serve as a reminder that when you've had a baby, you NEED to go in and update your pants size. Or, at least say, don't send me pants! With about fifteen pounds of baby weight to go, these babies didn't even come CLOSE to buttoning. I'm talking, like, it was a struggle to put them on. Oy. The light purple color was so pretty, but I'm just not in a position to wear them right now. Literally. 

Now let's move on to actual contenders! 

3. Kaileigh Cecile Knit Dress, $54
I love floral pattern of this little number, and I love the cut! But as an XS, it's a little snug fitting on the girls! I was hoping I might be able to exchange it for a S, but it's out of stock. I think in six months, this will fit perfectly, but it's just a wee bit too tight to wear right now. It's actually a gorgeous navy color (sorry for the awful lighting - these pictures tend to get taken at 10 p.m. right now since that's when we have free hands!), and the neckline is beautiful. But I think I'd rather keep something I can wear now! 

4. Renee C Vause Off the Shoulder Top, $48 

The colors on this top, y'all! Seriously gorgeous jewel tones! I love the length of this top, and I think it's perfect with leggings now and shorts when the temperatures heat back up. And, it would be a PERFECT top to wear in Cabo! I would love other opinions though! 

5. Bobeau Kirbee Button Detail Open Cardigan, $58 
Now THIS piece I LOVE! This cardigan is perfect for nursing (just one button to release at the top!), and it's so, so soft! It's got pockets (yay!), and would look great with leggings, skinny jeans, sweat pants... maybe not sweat pants. But my point is this is the piece that probably works best in my current mom life. And it makes me feel fashionable again! 

So what to we think, friends? What's getting kept? What's going back? Help a sister out! 

Clutter be gone: Purge it, pitch it, or repurpose it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Oh hi. I know what you're thinking... It's a new year, and there's a whole lotta bloggin' about decluttering. Well, yes. Because decluttering in the new year just. makes. sense!

New years always, always, always make me want to pare down. Simplify. Organize all the things. Toss. Reprioritize. Use things purposefully.


And mostly just clear out the clutter. 


Over the past year or so, all the stuff has started to really annoy me. Like really annoy me. And I think I finally figured out why. When I was teaching, my desk and classroom were hyper-organized. I could find everything I needed quickly, and all the superfluous stuff either got filed, organized, or pitched. It was a well oiled machine. 


But now... now I work from home, and my work space also happens to be our living space. And I don't work as efficiently as I could in a home where the stuff is taking over. Organization equals productivity equals happy mom. 


You get the picture. And so this year, we're making a really conscious effort to not let things we don't need into the house as well as purging or repurposing the stuff we already have. Since we just do NOT have the time and energy to make giant changes right now (the newborn and toddler are pretty labor intensive these days!), we're hoping these small changes will help us to get rid of the junk. 


Take ten minutes. If you can devote no more time than that, it still means you've spent over an hour that week making progress. Ten minutes a day to go through something - a drawer, the corner of a room, one box. 


Take the 10-10-10 challenge. Let's say you have more than ten minutes. (Great! Come over! My to do list is a million miles long, and I'll put you to work! Ha!) Take the 10-10-10 challenge. Find ten things that need putting away in their proper locations, ten things to toss right now, and ten things to donate. Hell, make it a challenge for the kids too and see who can do it the fastest. At the end, that's 30 or 60 or 90 things that have a new home!


Use what you have. So, I'm one of those people that tends to acquire little things. Like, for instance, we have a lot of bottles of teeny tiny shampoo and conditioner (which begs the question, WHY do I keep taking them from hotels?!). So for now, we're using teeny tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner until they're gone. Because buying new doesn't make sense when we have so much sitting here. 


Try something in a different way. As I mentioned earlier, Dan's old dresser was just sitting in a room in our house. No one was using it for anything of value, but it's a big piece that takes up a lot of space. So, we might as well use it creatively. We popped the mirror off, moved it to the kitchen, and made it our hutch. It's a gorgeous piece that actually has a purpose other than collecting dust now. 


If you don't love it, but don't want to ditch it, box it up. I am, unfortunately, someone who thinks she needs everything. But I have a LOT of things sitting around that I don't use. For example - this past year, we repurposed my husband's old dresser into a hutch for our kitchen. Several of the drawers still had clothes in them including the drawer that was "my drawer" when the dresser lived in Dan's apartment. I quite literally hadn't used or looked at those clothes since 2013, so instead of looking through them, I put them directly into the donate box. If I didn't need them in four years, I certainly didn't need them now. So I've decided I'm going to do the same going forward. If I can't part with it at first sight, it's going into a box, and if I haven't felt the need to pull it out in six months, it's going to the appropriate donation site. It does keep the stuff around for an extra six months, but if it eventually gets it out of the house, it's worth it. 
 
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