The first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week.
Easier said than done, is what I think.
If you are like me, you think you are getting things figured out, that one area that has been out of control is finally in line, you’re starting to think “hey, this isn’t so bad”, then BAM! Something goes crazy.
So I just try to focus on what I can simplify, or what I can control…which isn’t much!
Have I told you all about my wardrobe? I know I have mentioned how I reduced the number of colours in my wardrobe to make everything mix and matchable a few years ago as a way to get the “I have a full wardrobe but nothing to wear” problem under control. But have I told you HOW my wardrobe is organised? Probably not, because it’s one of those areas that proves I have more than a casual touch of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
For about 12 years now I have insisted on organising my wardrobe in this manner and depending on the exact layout of the wardrobe, it is pretty much the same regardless. In fact, I think the only real thing that has changed is how I store my jeans and that is because I have to share shelf space with the Fashion Mister! Oh, and I now mix shirts (you’ll understand more soon).
Currently my wardrobe works likes this:
All types of clothing are hung with similar types of clothing and colours.
Soooo, from the left, are all my pants (this now includes jeans which used to be folded and on a shelf), starting with all black, moving to blue (jeans) included, then each other colour working towards brown/tan/taupe and finishing with white. Next are skirts then all my shirts and they follow the exact same colour layout. When I had the wardrobe/closet to myself, I did long-sleeved shirts, then short-sleeved ones in the colour coded manner. Next are dresses by colour, then vests and we finish off with coats. Long dresses hang on another rail but follow the same colour scheme.
Jumpers/sweaters and handbags are on shelves and are mostly organised by colour. For some reason I am not as OCD with them???
Shoes stay in their boxes if that is how I purchased them. The reason is they stay neat, clean and the boxes have a little pic plus description on them so it is handy to see. They are all stacked on the shelf above the clothes.
I know it sounds a little whack-a-doodle but to me it is really about making selecting an outfit and getting dressed in the morning more simple. Pick a top and move to the area with similar bottoms and make a selection. Or pick a skirt/pants and move to the tops in the same colours and make a selection.
Now it’s not always that straight forward because as you know I love to wear purple and orange or orange and blue together so I do mix my colours but similar concepts apply.
“Gee, I think I’ll wear my orange pencil skirt to work today”, grab it and move to the shirts and select blue or purple or keep moving until a tan coloured one jumps out at me.
Kind of like I balance the demands of my real-life work and the fact that it pays the bills with my desire to eat, drink and shop my way around the world!
Sorry if you read this thinking I would give you some magic tip that would help you simplify your life. I’m yet to be fully convinced that life is supposed to be simple.
Is there anything you do to simplify getting ready each day? Maybe you can help me simplify my life!
- 10 Ways to Renew your Existing Wardrobe Without Spending a Penny (theurbn.com)
- Can’t Decide What to Wear? (everydayspiritualwisdom.com)
- 10 Wardrobe Essentials – Street Style (astimegoesbuy.me)
- 7 Famous personalities with OCD (splashbitsnr.wordpress.com)
- Five great tips for creating space in your wardrobe! (fashionox.com)