Last Thursday, I worked from five until ten in morning. Then, my son was ill and I had to take him to the doctor. I picked up my mom at the airport at 2 pm and had to catch a flight at 8 pm. The problem was, I didn't pack my suitcase until 5 pm. I usually never wait this long when traveling to prepare my clothes. The days just caught up with me and I put it on the back burner.
But I wasn't stressed at all about packing, not this time. A few years ago, I would have never waited this long. My bag would have been packed at least a day ahead. A year ago, I would have been in angst about what to wear, overpack about 5 outfits and still felt unsettled.
Today, because I have adopted the minimalist idea into my clothing options packing took all of 30 minutes. I grabbed my clothing, a few accessories and my toiletries and was good go. It took me one hour to pack for four days and get ready for the flight. Everything I own fits me, everything I own I like how it fits and everything I own is pretty versatile. Not to say I have the best wardrobe, there is still a lot of pruning and cultivating that I need to do. But I do have a minimal amount of clothing that I find useful. One thing I love about a minimalist wardrobe is that it helps to save my brain for making too many decisions before 9 am. Having a limited number of versatile clothing makes packing a breeze. And I can usually add an accessory or two and dress it up or make it more casual.
I am starting my own Project 333 starting August 1st. This challenge allows you to choose 33 items for 3 months. You can learn more at Be More with Less. Even if you don't want to do the 33 items, what mindful steps could you take to eliminate some decisions regarding your clothing? Don't think of this being restrictive; think of it as freedom. You will be able to have less decision fatigue by the end of the day if you can start your day by quickly choosing some comfortable, stylish, well fitting clothing in less than five minutes. By limiting the items you will also save some moolah, which is always a nice benefit.
Just out of curiosity, how many items of clothing do you have hanging in your closet? Do you wear each piece? Do you fit in each piece? Do you love each item? Spend some time this week looking into how to be more mindful with your wardrobe.
Have a blessed Monday!