Your morning routine needs to change
You want to leave the house every morning calm and relaxed instead of rushed and harried.
Imagine waking up and sauntering over to your closet. You pick out a pair of pants and a cute top. When you try them on and look in the mirror, they work perfectly together. Bam! You’re done getting dressed!
Can you imagine how much that would improve your day? How much more time you would have if picking out an outfit only took 30 seconds?
This is what I do every morning. And no, I’m not insanely gifted at it. Quite the contrary. I used to be so self conscious about everything I wore. Each day, I would go through at least five outfit changes before I found one that satisfied me….and then it was usually a shirt that I pulled out of my hamper.
I want to help you have a better morning
But, before I share how I get ready so fast. There is one thing that your closet needs. Its not so much how I pick out clothes, but rather what I choices I have.
You need pieces that work together. Let me tell you a secret… you probably already have most of these items.
Right now, click the picture below and download the 14 essentials that you need in your closet.
Got them? Awesome! Here’s what you need to do first.
Check your Closet for the Core Essentials
Using that list, (you got it right?) check off the items that you already have and circle the ones you need.
I used to get so stressed out when it came to stocking my closet!
As a little back story, I used to work in Hollywood. Yes, it sounds very glamorous but honestly it’s like working in any office environment – except everyone is much more image conscious. Including the guys.
I remember sitting at my desk right outside of my boss, Charlie’s, door when the director of legal affairs, Sam, came over to chide him about his wardrobe. Sam offered to take Charlie shopping for a brand new look – worthy of any Development executive.
“Na,” Charlie said, “It costs way too much money.”
“No it doesn’t!” Sam insisted, “I could get you a brand new wardrobe for only $5000.”
I swear. I think I choked on my vanilla latte. Coffee might have gone out my nose. $5000!! Are you out of your mind?! That is so much money!
Right then and there, I resigned myself to the fact that I would never look stellar. I just didn’t have that kind of money.
But here’s the thing. Sam was wrong. For the typical person, it does not cost that much money to have a closet full of clothes that you love. You just need the essentials. Once you have them, watch your outfit choices explode.
Organize your closet
The second secret to getting ready fast is an organized closet.
Organizing does not come to easy to me. Don’t think you have to love categorizing to make this work. I’m a “let’s put this important check in this pile that’s covering the entire kitchen counter” kind of a girl. If I can organize my closet, you can do it too!
I suggest two stages:
- Sort your closet into categories from left to right – jackets, long sleeved tops, short sleeved tops, pants, skirts & dresses.”
- Organize each of those sections by color. I suggest the colors of the rainbow from left to right. ROY G. BIV that closet, lady!
Invest in colors that go together
If you not notice in my closet, I have a lot of neutral – blue denim, black and gray.
Neutrals go with just about everything.
You can pick and choose basically any bottom to go with a black tee. Any cute top you own will pair with a great fitting denim jean.
To add color, I like playing with statement jewelry. Don’t think you have to overspend here! You don’t. I get most of my jewelry for between $15 and $20. Target has a great selection as does Nordstrom Rack.
By stocking up on the core essentials, organizing your closet and knowing what goes together, you will be on your way to a stress free morning.
Think of what you can do with that extra time! Another cup of coffee, perhaps? Sitting alone by yourself in silence?
As moms, we need as much alone time as humanly possible. Here’s to carving out a few extra minutes in your day.
About the Author
JoAnn Crohn helps moms raise kids and stay sane. After spending four years in the television industry and five years as an elementary school teacher, she now uses her skills from both worlds to help women dress well with a small wardrobe and keep their cool while parenting. She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and two kids.