Wardrobe Fast Day 8

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

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Day 8

Butterflies and jeans again. And a lap lander for an episode of Mr. Rogers.

The Wardrobe Fast was birthed in part out of laziness. As a stay-at-home mom working as a freelance editor before the kids woke up and during nap time (and sometimes after bedtime, too), facing my dresser drawers every morning was just one more hurdle in a very long obstacle course.

I still found pockets of time for reading in that season and happened upon The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz. You can see his TED Talk here. The premise is that some choice is good; too much or too little is bad.

He offers a theory called satisficing that sounded like the right approach to getting dressed (for me, anyway):

The alternative to maximizing is to be a satisficer. To satisfice is to settle for something that is good enough and not worry about the possibility that there might be something better.

While doing the Wardrobe Fast, I don’t have to think about my clothes. I just pull on these things because it’s Monday, and then I get to living life. And in the season of little people who grow too fast (a season that is also equally ugly with its toddler power struggles and crippling self-doubt about parenting abilities), I need all the extra time and mental space I can get.

How do you keep things simple? Are you a satisficer in certain aspects of life?

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