Do you have a closet full of clothes but tend to wear the same items and outfits most of the time? Try these strategies for wearing all of your clothes in new ways! Purge those items you know that you will never wear, or will never fit. Decide how you want to organize your closet: by color? Sleeve length? By outfit? Re-organize the clothing accordingly. Hang an accessory that you haven’t worn recently over the hanger with an outfit. Enjoy that scarf or necklace and create a new outfit. Do the same with shoes. Now, turn every hanger backwards and each time you wear a garment, rehang the item correctly. At the end of the season, donate or consign everything that is still hanging the wrong way.
The process of letting go is different for each of us. Are we doing it by choice, or is it because of a difficult situation? Either way, here are some guiding questions to ask yourself as you go through the process: 1. Do I really need it? 2. When was the last time that I used it? 3. Will I need it in 6 months to a year? If I don’t use it by then, will I be able to let it go? 4. Do I love it? If so, how can I display it, use it, or give it as a gift? 5. Am I saving it for someone who wants it? If not, where can I consign or donate it? 6. Is it in good repair? If not, what will it cost to repair?
Do you get those inserts with your statements encouraging you to go paperless? Outside In Approach TIP #1 – Implement the “1-at-a-Time Rule”. Get into the habit of going paperless, 1 account at a time. It only takes a couple of minutes. Outside In Approach TIP #2 – Create & practice your “Optimal Habits”. Every 6 mos. to a year, change your password. Outside In Approach TIP #3 – Here’s another “Optimal Habit” to practice…Every 6 months, purge the unnecessary inserts in your account files and shred them.
It doesn’t matter if you use paper or digital formats to create and update your To-do list. The Outside In Approach recommends that you commit to the following time management principles: First – Use your calendar to schedule items on your To-do list.You will get your projects done if they’re on your schedule. Second – Be clear about projects versus tasks. Projects are things that you work on to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Tasks are routine appointments and errands that are necessary for you, your family, your household. Third – Establish boundaries for the number of projects you schedule each day; no less than 3, no more than 5! Create an Optimal Habit which means commitment to following this “rule” with consistency. You can find more ideas on www.outsideinorganizer.com on the Time Management page!
The benefits of organizing include ease of use, greater productivity, and safety. Think about these aspects when organizing your travel and packing: WHEELS, BACK PACKS, OVER THE SHOULDER BAGS Select luggage that has wheels that move in all directions, not just forward. You’ll maneuver traffic in the terminal with ease. Consider using a back pack as your carry on bag. Being hands-free, and distributing the weight evenly is a plus. Lose the purse! Instead of a heavy purse with a wallet, makeup case, etc. find one of those over the shoulder bags with lots of compartments that hold everything. Keeping the purse on your body provides greater security. Minimizing the weight you are carrying is better for your body, too. Again, these bags allow you to be hands-free and will fit into your carry on, too.
Keeping it simple makes travel much easier. Some useful tips for organizing: 1. Use a checklist. During the trip, note the items you didn’t need to bring & add the ones you wished you brought with you. Revise the list when you get home. 2. Use a color theme for your clothing. This will enable you to mix and match your separates and increase the number of outfits you have to wear with a minimal number of pieces. 3. Plan to wear clothing more than once…who cares? 4. Limit the number of shoes. You probably don’t need more than 2! You can make a dressier outfit more casual with cute flats, and vice versa with heels and a casual outfit. 5. Don’t bring all of your makeup. Find all-in-one products and kits, instead. 6. Think technology! Consider an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook instead of lugging books. Take notes on a tablet, skip the pen and paper.
What if your flight is delayed or cancelled? What if you are sitting on the runway for hours? What if you miss your flight but your luggage didn’t? Yikes, all of these what-if’s! Most of the time everything goes as planned but it’s good to think about what to wear when you head to the airport, as well as what to have in your carry on bag. Years ago I remember that the airlines changed my return flight and I was forced to take the red-eye. That meant that upon arrival I had to go directly to the office. Fortunately, I was able to wear something appropriate for the office and take the basics in my carry on: healthy snacks, eye drops, make up, and hair spray to refresh my appearance. During the flight I made sure to keep hydrated and only had coffee just before landing. Next time you organize for your trip think about what you choose to bring and do during the flight so that you are prepared for the unexpected. You will feel better, I promise.
Whether you are traveling for business and/or pleasure you want to be comfortable and prepared. Do you use a travel and packing checklist? If not, email me and I will send you one that I use for all occasions. I essentially include: what tasks need to get done before the trip? what do I need to bring with me for day and evening? what clothing, and non-clothing items do I need for the trip? The benefits of organized traveling are that you are less stressed and spend less money buying items you forgot to bring!
At a talk I gave the other night 1 of the women shared a quick strategy that she used to employ to clear kitchen clutter. She told our group that if someone was stopping by to visit with little notice she would put everything on her counters into the oven! Of course, my first thought was, did she remember to take it out before dinner? Well after a good laugh we actually had a conversation about how good it feels when horizontal spaces are clear. I like to remind people that “Spacious Living” is a choice. We can choose to downsize our stuff. We can choose to designate a place for everything. We can choose to return everything to its place. We can choose to make time to create the space that makes us feel calm and focused.
The best ways to look good all day long is to have a small amount of makeup essentials in your tote bag. There are so many choices on the market. As an Organizer and Image Consultant my advice is to keep it simple. Small containers of the basics will keep you looking refreshed. My favorites: Blotting tissues Translucent powder Lipstick or gloss White eyeshadow – powder or stick (for the inside corners of your eyes Blush Eyeliner