I have Victory through Christ, don’t I?
I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength, can’t I?
That’s what I thought.
I took a good look at MY CLOSET!
(Cue the horror movie scream.)
How can one little area cause so much distress, frustration, shame, and procrastinativeness? (Is that a word?)
In my defense (and goodness knows I need one) I live in an area of unpredictable temperatures.
How am I supposed to know what I’m going to wear when Fall temperatures go from a magnificent 70 degrees and breezy to 94 and hotter than…
Well, you get my point.
And what about the Fashion Police?
Is wearing white after Labor Day “THE Unforgivable Sin” I’ve heard so much about? (Remind me to tell you THAT story!!)
With Purpose on my mind, I promised to become More than a Conqueror over my Closet Beast.
I blocked off my whole morning, made sure to eat, (I don’t make wise choices when I’m hungry) and had my rules in front of me.
4 Rules to Tame the Closet Beast
It has to fit RIGHT NOW.
Need I say more?
This is a broader (no pun intended) topic for another day, but #1 going forward to get control over the clutter.
No judgement, embarrassment, or beating myself up about it.
Fit or Doesn’t fit… Then move on!
It has to work with my daily life.
I took an honest assessment of the season I’m in.
Beyond Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. All you have to do is call.
(Sorry! I can’t help myself!)
There was a time in my life when I was out among the people.
My daily wardrobe was a blouse, trousers, and seriously GORGEOUS pointy heels!! (I love a pointy heel, don’t you?)
These days, the only “dress to impress” I do is try not be on the “What she wore to Walmart” Hall of Shame.
(One problem, though. Walmart has curbside pickup so my standards may slip.)
It has to be in good condition.
The “formerly known as” white tank tops that I wear ALL THE TIME under sweaters.
There’s not enough Oxy Clean to turn THAT train around.
Socks, you USED to be fuzzy and comfy. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Hello Sweater with the mysterious stain that won’t come out.
The only thing you’re good for is a homeschool biology experiment.
As the NSYNC song goes, ” It ain’t no lie Baby Bye Bye Bye”.
I have to love it.
If I don’t love it, why is it in my closet causing me grief?
Be gone ugly clothes!
I’m done with you taking up space in my life!
I ONLY have 1 exception to this rule.
If it follows the first 3 and is a wardrobe “staple” then it stays.
A good example is a pair of jeans that fit and are in good condition, but I don’t love.
Once I’m able to find/afford a replacement, the old pair goes away.
Now, the clothes that fit the “rules” receive a rose.
I go through all the items and ask 1 question.
Do I have everything I need to wear this?
The Colored denim that doesn’t match anything.
The blouse I never wear because I need a camisole (do people use that word anymore) to go underneath.
If the answer is NO, Don’t Worry!
It’s not too late!!
Write up your shopping list, grab a friend, and in the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it Work!”
***Word of Warning***
DO NOT… I REPEAT…DO NOT leave home WITHOUT the clothes you are trying to outfit.
You will create the Groundhog Day of fashion if you leave them at home!
Once you’ve gone through all your clothes, take some time to create outfits to help with those “too early to make choices” mornings.
I have a “uniform” for myself.
A sweater with leggings (of course), jeans/blouse/boots, denim shirt with khaki’s, and pajamas with blanket wrapped around me!
Then I schedule my days according to how many clean (ish) pajamas and blanket outfits I have.
(It’s my best look.)
A few years ago I even made a 5th Rule for when I’m out shopping.
If I don’t understand it, I shouldn’t wear it!
Is it a dress or a shirt?
Which hole does my head go in?
How do I get into it?
How do I take it off when I have to tinkle? (Yup. I just said Tinkle.)
This rule will save you BUCKETS of money AND you won’t see your teenager’s eyes roll back in their head when you pick them up from school.
(A girl can dream!)
Now that you’re equipped with my
4 5 Rules, check out this great Mission Organization Challenge to inspire you on your journey to Tame YOUR Closet Beast!
Make sure you tag me on Instagram with your closet pics…or your rule breaking #5 past purchases!
I’d love to connect with you!
You are More than Conquerers, friends!