What’s the most common excuse for both not exercising and not reading the Bible every day?
I’m too busy….I don’t have enough time.
Now consider this… How long do you spend deciding what to wear on a daily basis? (Not to mention laundering, ironing, and putting away those clothes)? Imagine how refreshing it would be to spend that time in the Word and with a workout instead.
It’s possible. Here’s how…
As many of you know, I am not the most fashionable female in the world… or the county… (but at least I can claim that title in this house (#momofboys!)) Function over fashion for me any day, though.
But, I recognize the importance of being presentable, both socially and professionally. An unkempt appearance should not distract from any work God has set us apart to do.
Plus, if you’re married, it’s natural (and good!) to want to be attractive for your spouse as well.
However, it seems the amount of time spent deciding what to wear – from shopping to laundering to ironing – could, in fact, be better spent elsewhere (say running, or reading…)
I recently purchased the Make Over Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine at Money Saving Mom, and in it, she talks about “decisional fatigue” – the way the quality of our decisions declines after making too many of them.
Some studies say that we make up to 5,000 decisions everyday. I would much rather save my brain space for thinking and creating rather than deciding what clothes to wear.
So how do we save ourselves the time and the hassle of all those clothes issues – and reclaim both time and mental energy?
4 Tips to Keep Your Wardrobe from Weighing You Down
1. Eliminate clothes that don’t fit, aren’t comfortable, or don’t make you feel good. The less you have to choose from, the quicker your decision making can be!
Project 333 is probably the most “famous” of capsule wardrobe plans. Every three months, you choose 33 items that you mix and match. It’s on my to-do list this week! So, if you notice I’m wearing the exact same outfit every time you see me, you’ll know why!
2. Shop with assistance. Many of you are fans of Stitch Fix. It sounds lovely and the concept is fantastic… I’m just so “un-fashionable”, I’m not sure what they would send me! (and I’m honestly, too frugal for that right now).
2B… Enter Style Encore (in Winston-Salem, at least!) A consignment shop with owners who are amazing at personal suggestions. I told Shannon and Leslie I needed a dress for a “Southern chic” event (I don’t even know what that means!), sent them a picture of my boots, and when I went in, I had multiple dresses waiting for me to try on! Amazing! Plus, I love consignment shopping for both economical and environmental reasons too!
3. Have a plan! I know it seems a little ridiculous, but take a look at your calendar on Sunday, decide what you’ll wear each day and have it hanging and ready to go day-by-day. They make daily clothes sorters for children. I don’t see why women can’t utilize the same concept as well!
4. Put motivational messages or even just post-it notes in your closet.
No time to waste.
Inner self over outer clothes.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says,
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
The average woman spends 16 minutes a day deciding what to wear. You could be over halfway done with your workout, or well into a life-changing chapter in that amount of time.
Free yourself from time-sucking, outfit-decision-making, and instead choose to move your body and meditate on His Word. You may just be surprised at how much better (and lighter!) you’ll feel!
Comment below (or on my Facebook page) if you’re willing to commit to getting dressed faster in order to have time for more important things this week!