Have you ever considered adopting a uniform as a method to getting organized and saving time? If you had tried to sell me on wearing a uniform in my youth, I would have kicked and screamed and hated you for suppressing my personal fashion expression.
Today, I feel 180 degree the opposite.
Hear me out: I don’t think you need to go buy scrubs or order clothes from a janitorial supply company… at all. But look at the clothes that you wear over and over again. The ones that you reach for when you can’t figure out what to wear. There is a reason that you keep choosing them.
My guess is they are comfortable. You get compliments when you wear them. You feel good wearing them. They are essentially….your uniform.
If you had more of those clothes and less of the ones that you’re not wearing, I bet you’d have more room in your closet. What if you got rid of the following:*
- clothes that don’t fit you
- clothes that are uncomfortable
- clothes that are permanently stained, ripped, or otherwise damaged
- clothes that you have nothing to wear with (e.g. tops that you can never find a bottom for or dresses that just don’t fit right)
- clothes that don’t make you feel happy
This doesn’t give you carte blanche to wear pjs or yoga pants 24/7. Instead it is a permission slip to get rid of what isn’t serving you. Because if you’re not wearing it, there must be a good reason!
You can find comfortable shoes, work clothes, underwear, and even suits. You can wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself. You may need to get a friend to help you but it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money.
Just think of the money spent on clothes that are just hanging there, lonely and UNWORN.
I have a uniform of black pants paired with varying t-shirts for work in clients’ homes. I usually wear my blush pink sneakers with them because I’m on my feet, knees, and climbing ladders most of the day. Sometimes I wear jeans. Sometimes I wear a sweater. Regardless, I can get dressed with my eyes clothes and I know that my clothes will fit, feel good, and flatter me. THAT is what saves me time and money.
I love clothes and always have. But I love even more wearing selecting and wearing clothes that fit me, I wear regularly, and that are comfortable. Try it. I bet you’ll like it.
*the same applies to shoes