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starting the day well… with less fuss

In  many ways the way I start my day has a big impact on my attitude for the rest of day. If I have a good start then I feel motivated and refreshed – ready to tackle the tasks ahead of me. I’ve learned over time that there are a few ways I can plan ahead to help make a nice start.

First – I am NOT a morning person. I hate waking up so much. John didn’t believe me when we were dating, but when we got married he realized I wasn’t exaggerating. For the first couple years (yes, years) of our marriage he would laugh sympathetically nearly every morning. I am groggy and quiet. I don’t want to chat. I want coffee and a hug. John is the opposite – he loves the morning time and he loves waking up with the kids. So I let him.:)

My whole getting ready routine takes about 45 minutes. I get a realllly hot shower and then I put my face moisterizer on and brush my teeth. Then I put on my makeup which takes about 5 minutes. I wear it all – foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eye shadow, mascara, and lip gloss. I wear very natural shades, though, because I don’t want it to actually look like I have a lot of make up on. Then I do my hair…. blow dry (takes 5ish minutes) and curl with a flat iron (10ish minutes) and then lots of hairspray. I should have been born in Texas.

I get dressed for the day last. I used to just throw on whatever and if I had somewhere to go later on I would change. But over the last few months I’ve felt a need to simplify this area of my life: wardrobe. It may seem vain to have a strategy about clothes, but my goals are good (I believe.) My goals are to save time, save effort and thought (so that I’m actually thinking about my wardrobe less), and to save money. I read two books that were particularly convicting to me: 7, by Jen Hatmaker and The No Brainer Wardrobe, by Hayley Morgan.

This led to an afternoon of closet/dresser purging. I threw away (well, donated mostly) everything that I didn’t like, didn’t fit well, didn’t feel good on, and hadn’t worn in 12 months. I was a bit ashamed at how much there was in those donation bags. Then I looked at what I had left and organized my drawers and hangers. Once all the things I wouldn’t ever wear were gone I could see what I actually needed to purchase next time the budget allowed for clothing. (black skinnies, a simple black cardigan, white collared shirt…)

I made a board on pinterest with clothes and such that I like… my style pin board. I already have a pretty good idea what my style is, but it’s always nice to look at a board and see where my tastes gravitate. From there I looked back at my wardrobe and could see how to put together outfits. I actually own fewer articles of clothing than I have in a long time, but I can put together more outfits by changing things up and layering!

You’ve heard the expression, “dress for the job you want?” Well I dress for the job I have (and just so happens to be the job I want!)… stay at home mama and blogger. I don’t wear skirts and dresses unless it’s Sunday morning. I don’t wear things that can’t get spills on them or that I can’t get on the floor and crawl around in. BUT I do like to be put together and feel like I look nice. I wear lots of jeans, sweaters, cardigans, and flats. I can dress things up with a scarf or necklace if I want to when I leave the house.

Having a good grasp on what I like and having a cleared out my closet helps me get dressed in just a couple minutes. I can glance in the closet, grab a blouse and cardigan with a pair of jeans and I’m ready for the day. If I go somewhere for an appointment I can throw on some ballet flats (they’re my weakness) and a scarf or headband and I’m all set. But, trust me, there are still plenty of days spent in jeans and a hoodie. 😉

These simple acts of planning have resulted in time saved (because I’m not going through my hangers lamenting that I have nothing to wear), money saved (because I know exactly what’s in my wardrobe and what needs should be filled – I don’t just grab a top because it’s cute knowing that I have enough at home), and laundry saved (because now that I have less clothing I can’t let the laundry pile up too high or I’ll run out!)

A hot cup of coffee, snuggles from my loves, a shower, and a simple but nice outfit go a long way in helping my day start off right!

Carving out a few hours to read helpful books, to clear out my closet, and to plan wisely has gone a long way in simplifying my morning routine and helped our family run more efficiently. Today I want to help you simplify your life too! I’m giving away one copy of Hayley’s e-book The No Brainer Wardrobe! Enter to win below – I’ll announce the winner next week! For more tips to get ready quick visit Together In Ten!

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