It’s 7 a.m. and you’re standing in front of your closet. You’re already running late, and you have no idea what to wear.
Many women spend way too much time and energy worrying about what to wear … when they want to be focusing on their family, their work, and all the other important things in their lives. That’s especially true of women who work. We want and need to look like the professionals we are — but it can be hard to find the time.
Here are six ways to get started streamlining your wardrobe, so you can get out the door looking great and get on with the rest of your day.
1. Get rid of clutter – stat. This sounds easier than it is, I know. But it will pay off in time saved (and greater confidence, too!) Gather up the pieces you’ve never worn and try them on. Ask yourself: Would you buy them again? If the answer is no and they’re still fairly current, take them to a consignment store and get back part of your investment. If they still appeal to you, take a few minutes to create some outfits and wear them as soon as possible.
2. Remove out-of-season clothing. This sounds like a silly, perhaps even unnecessary step. But it is really hard even for experts to visually edit out shorts and bathing suit cover-ups if it’s the season of cashmere sweaters and wool trousers. Stick to the current season and store everything else out of sight.
3. Create order. You deserve a closet that is a place of order and even beauty. Consider making the small investment of one type of hanger (no wire, please!) Then hang your hangers and clothes in the same direction.
4. Organize your closet (in whatever way that makes sense to you). This will make getting dressed a pleasure – or the very least, less time-consuming and stressful. Hang clothes by color, from light to dark, or by item – pants, blouses, skirts, etc. Then on laundry day, it’s much easier to put them back into the section you’ve created for them.
5. Dress your current self. Many women hang on to clothes in the aspiration category – anything two sizes smaller than their current frame. Or they hang on to larger-size clothes long after they’ve reached a goal weight. Instead, focus on your current self. Relocate everything out of sight (or give them to charity).
6. Make the most of what you have. Get help! Getting dressed can be a deep, daily pleasure – one through which you express to the world who you are at your most authentic. This is my passion and my expertise – making my clients shine and look (and feel) their most beautiful, whatever their age, size, or lifestyle. If you’d like to make getting dressed a pleasure – the favorite part of your day – please call me for a complimentary get-acquainted session.
(Ketura Persellin is an image consultant, stylist, writer, and public speaker in Washington, DC.)