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Monday, October 16, 2017

Planning for Success

"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." ~Warren Buffet

October 23, 24 and 25 are national ‘Take Back Your Time’ days. (Which begs the question, where has this year gone??!!) Being an image consultant, I can help you with taking back some of that time. What does one’s image have to do with getting control of your time? Let me elaborate.

If you want every day to start off on a more relaxed, confident note, plan out your wardrobe – not just for one day, but for the entire week- in advance. Preferably late in the previous week; I try to start on Thursday. This way, if I need to clean or repair anything it’s on my radar for the weekend.

After much trial and error, here’s my process:

·      First, I take out my planner and get comfortable with a cup of tea in front of my closet.
·      Then I look on my phone app for the weather predictions for next week, and write them in my planner. That way I know if I need layers, or sleeveless, or rain gear.
·      Next, I look at my schedule for each day to know if I need to dress professionally or more casually on a given day.
·      Lastly, I take a look at my laundry situation. What I choose for the following week may depend in part on whether or not I need to do laundry, and if I’ll have time over the weekend.
·      Now plan your clothes for the week. I’m also one to plan out accessories (shoes, hats, jewelry) and makeup as well. I don't like leaving any of it until the last minute.

I have a spot in my weekly calendar just for my wardrobe plan- and I use a different color pen, just so it’s easy to see. After writing all my details down, I take each day’s clothing, including socks, tights, underwear, scarves, etc., and put it on one or two hangars, and hang them up all together, in order of the days they’re to be worn.

This process takes a good 20 or 30 minutes; I like to look at things together to see if I like it, and maybe look up different eye makeup imagery on Pinterest if I have time. After all, how we dress is one of the few places in life where we can pretty much be totally selfish and please only ourselves, and enjoy a little bit of creativity. Why not make the most of it?

Happy Dressing!!