Make It Work

Make It Work #greater #31days of curating excess to bless


As this Greater series ends, I’m still fascinated by the idea of curating what I have to be a better steward of it- for myself and others.

The area I’m most interested in doing that is with my wardrobe. The impact it has on my thoughts, feelings, and habits is much further-reaching than I expected.

Taking a year off from shopping forced me to mix and match things I wouldn’t have if I’d had the option of shopping. I learned how to make it work!

This year, I’ve carefully added pieces and my style has totally changed. I want to share with you what I’ve learned, so look forward to some more outfit posts.

I’d love to hear- did you choose to curate anything this month? Or do you plan to?

I’m so thankful for each of you! Thanks for reading along.


greater #31days of curating & blessing out of excess

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  • Selah November 14, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    I’ve been on a clothes shopping fast for over 4 months now, plus I’ve been SUPER busy, so I’ve had little time to plan outfits. It’s really helped me to be able to see what I naturally gravitate towards, and how much my style has changed in the past year or two.
    Did you know Tim Gunn does a voice on a Disney show? My daughter loves Sofia the First, and I love Tim as Baileywick. He’s essentially playing himself, and it’s awesome. :)

    • Caitlin Author November 15, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      That will be invaluable for you, Selah. I’m excited to hear more of what you learn as your fast continues!

      I had no idea! How funny. He looks so much like him, too!

  • Heather November 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I don’t usually leave comments on blogs, but I wanted to let you know that you bless and encourage me. Over the last month or so, the LORD has convicted me about a number of distracting idols in my life and as a result, I have unsubscribed to all my interesting blogs about clothing, homemaking, nutrition, etc. Except for yours! And I have peace about remaining subscribed. You seek the LORD. It’s evident. You challenge yourself to remain true and authentic and devoted to Truth and still be in the world and relevant. I appreciate your heart and your message here. Thank you for your ministry to me and your other readers. Be blessed today!

    • Caitlin Author November 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      Wow. I know He will bless you for your obedience, Heather, and I’m so excited for you!

      Thank you for your encouragement. I feel like He has called me to do this, but sometimes it’s hard to stay focused on that and not allow myself to be discouraged or question it. He frequently encourages me through y’all, and I am so thankful for your words today! Thanks for taking the time to be an encouragement to me. I appreciate it so much.

  • Amy G November 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I’ve been trying to be extra careful and conscious of what I add to my closet lately. I also need to go through and try on some clothes that I haven’t worn in a while and hopefully get rid of a few things that are just taking up space. Lately I’ve really been inspired to “make it work” with what I have in my closet instead of not wearing an outfit because I don’t have the shoes that would complete it perfectly in my mind.
    Another area I want to curate is energy/time. I need to use my energy to do that things I want to, rather than wasting energy and time sitting around thinking about what I should be doing and trying to decide where to start.

    • Caitlin Author November 15, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Good for you, Amy! It’s a little crazy the mental barriers we set up within what we wear. I frequently find myself saying, “I can’t wear that with that,” and then I’ll try it anyway and it totally works.

      Yes! That is such a great goal- and a hard one. I have a talk I’m listening to on time right now that speaks into a lot of those things. Let me know if you want me to e-mail it to you. I haven’t finished it just yet, but it’s been really insightful.

  • Selah November 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    My clothes shopping fast has also included clothes for my kids. I did have to buy 4 new pairs of pants for my son, because he looked like he was waiting for a flood. ;P My daughter’s pants were too short too, but she just got my son’s hand-me downs – jeans are jeans. Not focusing so much on their clothing has allowed me to step back and let them have a little more control over what they wear.

    • Caitlin Author November 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      I literally laughed out loud at this, Selah. How fun! Have they been picking out their outfits more during the fast? I love how kids dress to fit their personality. They’re always so precious!

      • Selah November 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        They have been picking out their own outfits (I still have veto power, especially on Sunday morning). My son loves to wear red from head to toe (last fall he specifically requested red skinny jeans, and he wanted another, longer, pair this year) and my daughter will do the same in purple. She also wears dress-up clothes almost constantly at home. Her favorite thing to do is to stuff dress-up clothes inside her regular clothes so that she looks “puffy” (I blame my husband -he showed the kids Weird Al’s “Eat It” and “I’m Fat” videos). There is no shortage of silliness at my house! :)

        • Caitlin Author November 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM

          How fun! Your home sounds like a blast, Selah :)

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