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Habit Hack #1 – Getting Dressed

By July 24, 2015 August 27th, 2015 No Comments

Getting dressed – this is something we all do every morning.

Okay, okay, MOST of us get dressed every morning. If you work out of your home, you know what I’m talking about. 😉

It’s a habit, it’s  part of the status quo, it’s expected.

But what if there was a way to improve the way you get dressed?

A few months back, I came across an article about creating a capsule wardrobe. This was an entirely new concept to me. My giant walk-in closet full of clothes can vouch for me on this.

Even though it was a new concept, it felt good. It felt right. It felt like that was for me. So, I started to create it.

In my quest, I read two books that really helped me to discover the magic of it all and why a capsule wardrobe was so important. The first book was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo where I learned about the KonMari method, a process to tidy up our my closet (and house) once and for all and the second was Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott where I learned more about how the French have a 10 piece wardrobe(?!?).

Before I go any further in my story, I’m going to elaborate on these books just a bit so you can take away the juicy nuggets that I did.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

This book was a game changer for me. Yes, it taught me how to tidy up, but most importantly it taught me why and even more importantly how to look around my house, hold each item and ask if the item brought me joy. If yes, keep it. If no, toss or donate it. If unclear, put it to the side and come back to it at the end and ask again.

This opened my eyes to each thing in my house, starting with my wardrobe.

In minimizing my wardrobe, I’m discovering my true style. Articles of clothing that I love and look great on me. Things that I thought were a yes when I first cleaned out my closet are becoming no’s as I continue to refine it.

It feels amazing knowing that everything in my closet fits, looks great and feels great.

I feel beautiful when I get dressed.

Remember this, it’s very important.

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott

This book took me deeper down the minimalist rabbit hole. It showed me how the French live and how they too live as Marie Kondo teaches about loving everything in your home. Each article of clothing and each piece of furniture – all items that are loved and adored with no need for mediocrity.

It taught me patience on finding just the right clothing piece or accessory and to not over buy just for the sake of retail therapy, but to know that it would be loved if it came home with me.

It also taught me that clutter was so not chic. (And why)

Back to the story!

So, all this decluttering, minimizing and donating of clothes, brings me to this: Every morning when I wake up I get dressed. I don’t have to worry about what to wear because I know it will look good regardless. This sets the tone for the day.

Once I learned this, I decided to take it a step further.

I wanted to start working out every morning, but I knew that what I was doing wasn’t working and my waistline was showing it.

Ugh!

You see, working out every day used to seem like a chore. It felt like a struggle just to get started. The motivation wasn’t there.

So, I decided to change something.

I decided to create a habit hack.

Instead of getting dressed in my usual daily clothes first thing in the morning, I started to get dressed in workout clothes instead.

I didn’t change the habit of getting dressed, just the kinds of clothes I put on. This is the habit hack.

And do you know what started to happen?

I started going for daily walks!

Well, I’ll be damed…it worked!

By simply changing the clothes that I dressed in first thing in the morning, changed my motivation and thoughts about how my day was going to get started and what I was going to do next.

It was like magic. 😉

By the time I get home from going for the walks here in the Georgia humidity gets me super ready to continue on my morning habits I’m ready to start the next habits I’ve laid out for myself to do each morning that contribute to my overall success and happiness.

And yes, that includes a shower. 😉

Then getting dressed in pretty clothes that I love (and look good) sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Is this a habit hack you think you could incorporate into your day?

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