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Closet Makeover Part I

Diagnosing the Problem

 

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need.  For many of you, this will also be your first step.  Since I just moved, though, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit.  So, we’ll skip to step 2 here.  Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is purged of what you don’t need.  This will make the rest of the closet makeover much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video.  Check it out if you need some inspiration!

Step 2 is identifying the problem areas.  These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason.  It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature.  I have several such spaces in my closet.  Let’s take a look.

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This started out organized but quickly became a place where I just toss my purses.  This needs a serious dose of TLC.
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This space could definitely be utilized better.  There’s just a few boxes and shoes haphazardly thrown up here as they didn’t have another place to go.  This will be an area of focus for sure.
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This is a tough one and kind of hard to see from the picture.  The closet rod curves here and clothes tend to get lost in this area.  Trying to figure out how to use that space has been so challenging.  It’s time the mystery was solved once and for all.
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This has become a catch-all spot for things I’m donating.  While it’s a good habit to have a spot like this somewhere in your house, it could be prettier than just throwing the items on the floor.

 

Now, that these problem areas have been identified, we can start thinking of organizational solutions.  That’s Step 3, organizing!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll tackle each area and come up with creative ways to make this space organized and pretty.   I hope you’ll come along for the journey!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion, Tips & Tricks

Wardrobe Analysis: Part II

Lifestyle Analysis

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

As you recall, yesterday we talked about the warning signs of wardrobe gaps. Today, we’re diving into part 2 of our wardrobe analysis; determining how we spend our time. While most of us think we know how we spend our days, what we think may not match with reality. It’s a good exercise to map out exactly what we’re doing every day. Let’s get into it!

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First off, I analyzed my time by the week. For me, I felt that would be the easiest way to see how I spend my time. I assumed 16 waking hours per day, which is 112 hours per week. Side note, I did start by analyzing the full 24 hours. However, that skewed lounging around/sleepwear way too much. Next, I broke my time into 6 categories: lounging around, work, outdoor fun, casual fun, date nights, and formals. Can you guess how much time you spend doing each activity? Here’s what I came up with.

Lounging Around:

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Think hanging out around the house either in the morning or before bed (or whenever!). Most of my lounging time is in the morning. I’m NOT a morning person. It’s essential that I start my day out very slowly. After I wake up, I take a good hour to drink coffee while sitting on my deck or watching the news. How do you start your mornings? So anyway, my estimate was that I spend about 3 hours per day (remember waking hours only) lounging around.

Work:

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This one’s easy; think going to work! I spend about 45 hours per week at work. Keep in mind that everyone’s work dress code is different. Mine is quite casual because we work with chemicals that can easily ruin clothes. In other words, no one is wearing suits (at least not in my area).

Outdoor Fun:

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Outdoor fun includes things like exercising, hiking, gardening, etc. I figure I spend about 12 hours doing these activities per week.

Casual Fun:

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For casual fun think running errands, BBQs, farmer’s market, family time, etc. Over the course of a week, I estimated I spend about 20 hours in these endeavors.

Date Night:

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This category includes things that are a little nicer, but not super formal. Think date night, church, going out with friends, and things of this nature. For these activities, I spend about 12 hours per week.

Formal Events:

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Formals can be a little hard to estimate as we’re not usually going to a wedding every week. I did want to include it as having some formal wear in your closet is necessary. I’m going to set this at about 1 hour per week.

So, where did we end up?

Lifestyle Analysis Results:

  • Work: 40%
  • Casual Fun: 20%
  • Lounging Around: 20%
  • Date Night: 10%
  • Outdoor Fun: 10%
  • Formal Events: <1%

That wasn’t so bad, right? How did your lifestyle analysis turn out? Let me know in the comments down below or on the Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned tomorrow when we’ll see how many outfits fit into each category above! This promises to be very insightful!

lylas,

MissyAnn