There are a ton of ways to avoid getting out of the house in a stress-induced, total panic. I don’t know anyone who loves starting a morning off this way because they don’t know what to wear. Nothing is worse than running out the door late in an outfit that you are uncomfortable wearing, or that you don’t even like. It can send a wrong message and set the tone for the rest of your day.
It all comes down to starting a routine that works for you and implementing a few organizational tips, to have stress-free mornings. Here are 5 Ways to Get Dressed Faster in the Morning:
Edit Your Wardrobe and Organize Your Closet
Having a well-edited wardrobe means that everything fits you, flatters your figure, is functional for your lifestyle, and makes you feel fabulous! Do you feel this way about the contents of your closet?
Most people wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. More than likely, you might have quite a few items that are just sitting in your closet and never seeing the light of day. It’s important to go through your wardrobe at least twice a year to make sure the contents reflect you, your personal style, and the image you want to portray.
The second part is making sure it’s organized in a way that works for you. The key is that all your items are visible. If they are not visible, you are probably not going to reach for them.
Don’t forget to edit and organize your jewelry, ties, belts, and shoes. Accessories transform your outfit and pull your look together.
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If you are looking for hands-on assistance to whip your wardrobe into shape, each PACKAGE that I offer includes a wardrobe audit and organizational tips.
Review Your Schedule/Calendar for the Week
Look at your calendar to see what you have scheduled for the week. Planning for your week will make it easier when you are deciding what to wear for the day and you will be prepared for any events you need to travel to after work.
Check the Weather for the Week
I know this might seem crazy because the weather is unpredictable, but it’s another way to be prepared when picking out something to wear. And, if the weather changes you can plan accordingly, rather than panicking because you didn’t. If you don’t plan out your outfits for the week, it will also give you an idea of what you should be grabbing for the night before.
Pick out Your Outfit the Night Before
Ideally, if you can, I would suggest picking out your outfits for the week on Sunday. I’m serious – it’s such a time saver. If you get into a habit of doing this, you will see that it not only saves you time, but it also allows you to be creative and not wear the same items over and over again.
If this seems impossible, the next best thing would be to pick out your clothes the night before. I’m talking about your entire outfit – jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Take the time to steam or iron your clothes, and check if your shoes/boots need any attention (cleaned or polished) the night before. These are things you are not going to want to take the time to do in the morning.
Whichever option you choose, you are going to be prepared for the day and not feel like you ran out the door like a disheveled mess. Let’s be real – we’ve all been there.
If you are looking for assistance getting head-to-toe outfits ready for you or learning how to maximize your wardrobe (mix and match your clothing and accessories), here are some of my clients favorite services:
Pack Your Bag the Night Before
Can you see the theme here? Being prepared and organized will get you far.
Check your schedule for the next day and pack your bag accordingly. These items might include a change of shoes, workout clothes, purse, keys, phone, computer, and keys.
Designate a place in your home where you will put your belongings every night, so you are set for the next day. If needed, add a coat/jacket to the mix. It’s one less thing to think about in the morning, and one less thing you will be running around frantically trying to find.
The most important component is to have a wardrobe that is working for you. If you have already tried planning out your outfits ahead of time but are still struggling, go back and edit your wardrobe. And, if you need assistance making sure you have a functional wardrobe that serves you and your goals, contact me for a complimentary 15-minute call to discuss a strategy that will work best for you.
If you take a few minutes every night (or do this on Sunday night for the week) to plan and prepare your outfit(s), you will create a less chaotic, and maybe even an enjoyable morning before your first meeting of the day.
Comment below and share your tips. I’d love to hear if you implement this and how it’s working for you.