Whether or not you've ever stood in front of your jam-packed closet while woefully thinking, "But there's nothing to actually wear!", today's self-care tip is for you.
Our clothes closets are spaces we tend to use every single day, which is why getting and keeping them organized is such an important step to approaching our days with confidence and ease. A jumbled closet sets a jumbled tone to our life.
Think about how amazing it would be to open your closet door in the morning and know for an absolute fact that anything you grab from it:
This is the goal of today's tip.
Let's acknowledge right off the bat that not everything will always check each box. For example, your work uniform may not jive with your sense of fashion, but it does serve a specific function so it stays. And you may not have the room or the need to tuck your winter clothes away elsewhere during the summer months, so there may be flannel shirts hanging there during 100 degree heat waves. That's okay. We work with what we have and make the best of it all.
An organize closet will save you time and energy.
No more trying to remember if this is the top you spend all day tugging back into place, or if these are pants with the pen marks up the left side, or if this is sweater with the moth holes in the sleeve, or if this is the dress that always reveals your bra straps.
No more trying multiple things on each morning, weighing the pros and cons of the button up that bulges at the bust because it matches the least-wrinkled slacks, or searching through piles of shorts for that one pair you love,
Whether you share a closet with someone else or have it all to yourself, there are lots of ways to organize it: by season (especially if everything stays in the space all year long,) by color (so you don't have to go through the whole thing looking for "that one blue shirt,") by sleeve length, by occasion...you get to determine which makes the most sense for you. If you're not sure, I suggest starting by season and then using color.
Helpful closet tips:
Self-Care September Day 26: Organize Your Closet
I promise your life will get easier once you do.
If you want help, hire an organizer who does virtual sessions. Like me. :)
I love you and will see you soon!
Mark Twain is quoted as having said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
In context of our Self-Care September Challenge, the frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you need to accomplish but have absolutely no motivation to do. The item you're most likely to procrastinate on, or perhaps already have been. You know the one - it's the thing that popped into your mind as soon as you started reading this. The appointment you need to make, the form you need to fill out, the bill you need to pay, the deadline you need to meet, the transaction you need to execute, the invoice you need to send, the call you need to return.
Not sure what your frog is? Take your To Do list and divide it into four categories, a la Eisenhower Matrix style:
The frog is the top one: Things you don’t want to do, but actually need to do.
Once that task is completed, you'll be amazed at how much easier the rest of your To Do list will feel, plus you'll get to ride that wave of momentum and sense of accomplishment for the the rest of the day.
Eating the frog is the same idea as ripping the bandaid off or jumping feet first into the cold pool - do it all at once and without hesitation. Facing the most important but most dreaded task of the day first thing in the morning means you will tackle it with a clear mind, fresh energy, and while your willpower is at its strongest.
The longer you wait to eat the frog, the more tired you’ll be, the more willpower it will require, and the more likely it is that the frog will eat you.
Self-Care September Day 14: Eat the Frog
Go on, get 'er done. I'm sending you a high five from here!
I love you and will see you soon!
If it sounds simple, that's because it is.
But let's not be tricked into thinking something simple requires no effort or can have no impact, because small hinges can indeed swing big doors (meaning even small changes can yield huge results,) AND getting in the habit of returning things to their rightful place requires forethought and attention around having a rightful place already designated.
As I tell my clients, there is not one correct way to get or be organized, but you have to be willing to try doing things in different ways until you find what works for you.
Disorganization is essentially just our stuff being out of place, making it harder to find things when we need them. This can zap our energy, our time, our mood and in some cases, our money (if we have to re-purchase things we can't locate.) Cultivating this particular habit of putting something back where it belongs is an act of kindness for your future self.
Possible ways this might look:
These examples may or may not apply to your particular life, but you get the idea. Taking the time to put it back in its place, whatever "it" is and wherever the "place" may be, will save you time, energy, and money in the long run.
Self-Care September Day 10: Put it Back Where it Belongs
Today, your task is to go into the most disorganized area of your home or office, set a timer for 15 minutes, and start putting things back where they belong. Bask in the sense of satisfaction this provides.
The more often you do this, the less often you'll have to.
I love and will see you really soon!
Having recently moved from Colorado to Tennessee, I want to share just a smattering of helpful ideas, suggestions, and haphazard nuggets of advice we gathered throughout the process.
Every move is unique in a thousand different ways, but sometimes we can have an easier go of things when we watch and learn from one another's experiences.
"Lose the excuses.
They don't get you
any closer to your goals."
5 Reasons to Keep It
1. It's Sentimental Gold.
The more memorabilia you have, the less emotionally valuable each individual item becomes. Keep one card from Grandma, not all of them.
2. It Fits Your Life Today.
Possessions should support who you are right now, not five, ten, twenty years ago.
3. You Think It's...