I first heard about this “secret” energy booster when I began reading Marla Cilley’s blog Flylady.net. And then I heard Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com mention it several times as something that really helps her get going in the morning. But I was still reluctant to implement it due to my carefree fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants attitude.
Want to know the “secret”?
My “secret” energy booster
It’s having your clothes planned and set out for the next day. Yes, that’s all it is!
Okay, it might not be so secret to you. But for me, I didn’t realise the kind of effect it would have! And when I’m fully dressed and made up in the morning, I feel like I can conquer pretty much anything! It’s a major energy booster for me.
But I’m not talking about seeing with your mind’s eye what you can fling on when you get out of bed. The problem with that method – at least for me – is that my mind’s eye seems to imagine all the clothes that I own are clean. You see, unless I physically take my clothes out and set them to one side, I won’t know if it’s ready to wear, sitting in the laundry basket or worse, lying on the floor under a dirty shoe!
I recently bought a large Command hook for my bedroom when I was in Sainsbury’s one day. And thought, “That would make a great valet hook!”. I love Command products because they can be taken down without damaging your walls. And as someone who lives in a rental property, that’s a big deal!
When I got home I put it up straight away next to my “wardrobe”. I say “wardrobe” because, in truth I don’t have a wardrobe in my bedroom. Our staircase is too narrow for large items of furniture and our bedroom isn’t very big anyway. Instead I have two expandable rails that I’ve put up in an alcove near my window. One up high (for me – and my long dresses) and one about waist length (for hubby).
Having this hook next to my clothes means that I can pull out my clothes for the next day and have them out but not lying around creating mess. It also means that when I get up in the morning and it’s still dark, I can grab all my things and get changed in the bathroom if I need to when my hubby is still asleep.
Lay out everything
I’ve found that I feel a whole lot more energetic when I’ve got everything out that I’ll need to put myself together in the morning. That means jewellery, a handbag and shoes.
Now, if I know that I won’t actually need to leave my house the next day, then I forget about the bag and shoes. Unless I really need a major pick-me-up, in which case I might take out a pair of heels so I can feel like a real diva (at least until lunch time!). I can definitely see why Mariah Carey wears heels all around her house!
My wardrobe app
Last week I came across this app called Glamoutfit. It’s a free app that let’s you put together outfits made from your own clothes. I liked the sound of that, so I thought I’d download the iPhone version and try it out.
Now, it did take me some time to get my clothes into the app. You can browse clothes online and add them to the app which is easier for sure. But most of my clothes (if any) are not in season and therefore harder to find.
So what I did was I looked up pretty close approximations and imported them. The rest that I definitely couldn’t find, I snapped a picture with my phone and imported them that way.
Once I was done, I started to create outfits. And boy was this fun! I had a field day putting tops, bottoms, cardigans and shoes together. I even added hairstyles and makeup suggestions. It’s like shopping from a magazine and knowing that you’re spending zero money!! Who doesn’t love shopping for free?
So this is what I’m wearing today and I’m feeling very productive and full of energy as a result:
Here are some more outfits I created out of my own clothes:
Why I like this app
The thing I love about this app is that:
- It’s free!
- And I can plan my outfits a week or month in advance due to the inbuilt calendar tool
- You can plan everything including your jewellery, makeup and even ideal hairstyle!
- I can get rid of redundant items in my wardrobe – items that I’m struggling to put into an outfit are obviously items I’m not going to wear. This makes getting rid of them a lot easier. And I won’t feel guilty or worried that I won’t have anything to wear because I can see all my available outfits at a glance in my LookBook on the app.
- I can get styled for free. If I make my closet public, I can request to be styled for an event by other GlamOutfit users. Other people see fashion differently from me and it might help to have a fresh pair of eyes look at my wardrobe. So, this would be particularly handy for an item of clothing I find difficult to put into an outfit. I can request someone to style me using that piece of clothing and they can put together a whole new outfit that I probably didn’t even know I had!
If you’re not doing this already, I challenge you to plan your clothes for the next three days. And think about everything you’ll wear with each outfit – down to your jewellery and shoes – even if you know you won’t be going anywhere. Notice the impact it has on your energy, productivity and your confidence. I’m sure you’ll want to do this a lot more often!