how to create an everyday uniform
...Let me give you a window into an average day for me as a mom of 2 little kiddos. My kids wake me up before 6 almost everyday. I wear my pajamas around the house while getting the kids ready for school and I'm so out of it I'm lucky if my shirt is not on backwards. I maybe change into a slightly more adult-ish looking outfit to take my son to school, (aka turn my shirt around the right way). My shirt kind of smells because i really want to use natural deodorant (but it isn't working quiet right ... yikes). I come home with my three year old daughter and think, oh good, she is playing quietly, maybe i'll get ready for the day while she plays.
As soon as this plan is set in my mind, she starts to follow me around making a request for her third breakfast. I start to think about what kind of outfit I want to wear today, but my brain starts to skip around like a scratched CD. I can't focus without my thoughts being interrupted with a request from my daughter and think in my head, "LEAVE ME ALONE". I love her, but as an scatter-brained introvert, this wears me out.
I brush my hair, put on some mascara... and I feel guilty that I told my little girl to leave me alone in my mind. I throw on some workout shorts telling myself that I might work out today.
Also worth mentioning, my daughter has worn three different outfits at this point (before 9am) & the one she finally lands on includes Christmas leggings and a watermelon dress.
Can you see why I need some simplicity in my life (and my closet...)? I'm working on sharing an idea for a solution to this problem tomorrow, but want to hear from you: Is this at all what your life is like? Have you figured out anything that's helped?
As I am on a mission to simplify my life & closet, i definitely find that sometimes life becomes more complex as a result of decision fatigue.
here's an idea: create a uniform that helps simplify your morning routine. here's what I mean:
no, this does not involve joining the navy or getting a job at taco bell. an everyday uniform is a consistent, pre-planned outfit you always have ready for a day of the week or occasion that makes you look and feel amazing.
First, define what type of day you need a uniform for.
Maybe it's Monday for you because Monday is one of the hardest day to get going with life/work/kids. Maybe it's getting ready for church that always is a sticking point. What will you be doing on this day and what kind of outfit would best help you to look and feel great? Mondays are my sticking point. I'm going to create a Monday Uniform outfit.
second, Decide What clothes ideally would make you happiest for this type of day?
Comfortable clothes? Professional? Sassy? Fun? Is there a color or pattern you love that makes you happy? To create your uniform, start with your favorite clothes that fit the bill. Make it something you feel awesome in, but that also will be appropriate for you to handle the tasks for the day.
third, set out your clothes.
Put your 'uniform' pieces in a place where you can easily pull them together and put them on.
fourth, redefine seasonally.
This could almost be a mini-capsule for you. I don't know if I like the idea of a capsule closet, but I think I this sort of applies the same idea on a smaller scale.
If you are looking for some pieces like the ones above to help simplify your closet, these pieces will be available Monday in my shop.