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Ma and Laura Ingalls didn’t run to town to browse the shoe department or find just the right top for that weekend’s barn raising. They didn’t need to dedicate a day to their overflowing closet so they could declutter, donate and reorganize their clothing.
(Lest you think I’m being judgey, this is a confession sentence, but I did have a Ma Ingalls moment, keep reading, so it’s a good thing) There was no need for shoe organizers.
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The pioneers usually had two pairs of shoes at most. One every day pair, but during summer months, shoes were optional. Actually, most little feet never touched a shoe during the summer, except for Sunday service.
When I was young I could run bare foot over the rocks and not wince… is it a sign of old age when one can no longer do this? Or a sign of not going bare foot enough? I like the second one better.
We tend to be a society who has too much and throws away too much. Which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but we’re constantly on a treadmill of wanting more, but never really being satisfied with the more, which is why we have to make room for the more by throwing out what we have.
I realize this isn’t everyone, but I’ve fallen into this. When I was little, we didn’t have a very much money and my mother made most of my clothes. Of course, I wanted to fit in with the rest of the kids and that meant store bought clothes.
From the time I was fourteen-years-old I started working and bought most of my own clothes. Because I used the money I had earned, I became an expert clearance rack and thrift store fashionista.
However, this still resulted in too many clothes. So back to the thrift store many of them would go, and I’d go in to find more.
The pioneers, Ma and Laura Ingalls, only had a few items of clothing. You had your Sunday best, which was only worn for Sunday or a very special occasion, maybe two day dresses, and usually one chore dress.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.