Less is More

A new friend (and customer!) said to me last week, "Now if I was to buy a whole ethically-made wardrobe, I would have to be happy with less clothes because I just couldn't buy as much."

Bingo.

Our love for EXCESS is one of the contributing factors to cheap, fast fashion in America. We have demonstrated a DEMAND for lots of clothing options in the very latest styles and colors. Many overseas manufacturers will meet that demand by almost any means necessary. Including slave labor. Including CHILD labor. Including an unsafe work environment.

But many of us also say that at the end of the day, we would prefer ONE beautiful, long-lasting piece over 2 or 3 cheaply-made, one-season, fall-apart-in-the-wash garments. 

So what's going on?

We have a CULTURE of excess. Our kids have too many toys, we eat too much food, we have so much stuff in the house we need a bigger garage or storage unit, we take thousands of pictures and need more digital storage, even our schedules are overloaded and it stresses us out. 

I'm reading Jen Hatmaker's book "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" and I think she hits the nail right on the head! We have too much! We need space for the things that really matter! And we MUST teach our children to be different!

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Less is More, do you agree? Do you see areas of excess in your life? What comes to mind first?