Since the New Year started and like everyone else i have had to cut my spending and that has meant not spending money unnecessarily. I used to buy things simply because they were on sale and hope that one day i would use them and most of the time i never. With my spending habits in mind i also started to think of the many items of clothing in my bedroom that i never wear, i realised that some things hadn't been worn for years because they had been replaced by something new.
This past week i had a few days free so i decided to declutter my wardrobe, i discovered that i own 7 coats, 6 winter scarves, 4 pairs of gloves, i couldn't count how many pairs of socks many of them new, 3 morning gowns, countless handbags and belts and many items of clothes that hadn't seen the light of day in years. I felt so bad because, one i had wasted money and two it shows that i am a greedy person, wanting more than i need. I have bagged the items that i do not need and am sending them to the charity shop. I am going to go through my wardrobe one more time because i know i will find other things that i have missed.
After i had finished my bedroom i decided to tackle my kitchen, i have a lot of gadgets and gizmos and general kitchen equipment that i bought in two's just incase. Just incase what i wonder. While i was working in the kitchen i decided to clear my food cupboard, i discovered foods that date as far back as 2009 i cringe just writing about it, spices that had been bought to try a new recipe, half used packets of stuff and the like. I still have the baking cupboard to sort out and i think it's worse than the food one.
I am glad i sorted this stuff during lent, it has given me time to reflect on how easily i get consumed with earthly possessions, how i buy without thinking whether i need it when i could be putting my money to good use helping the poor and needy or even saving for my own and Master T's future. As a christian and as a mother i am embarrased and ashamed to have discovered the extent of my greed. Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins.
Don't get me wrong i am not saying i will never spend a penny again because i bought myself a dress on Thursday, but i am going to think about whether i really need an item before i buy it.
I hope you all had a good weekend.xx