The Best Deals are already in Your Closet

Avoid the hustle and bustle. Look great for the holiday season with what you already have in your closet.

“I had lots of nice pieces that I didn’t even realize went together.” Confident Client

Recently, my daughter-in-law and I planned out my outfit for our upcoming family photo shoot. It took approximately 7 minutes. 7 minutes.

This may not sound like a big deal to some of you and yet if you are reading this blog I am guessing you may be able to relate to this. In the past, this would have literally taken me days, a shopping trip or two, and hundreds of dollars later I still wouldn’t have known what to wear.

So I asked her why she thought the 7 minute choice was possible. Here is our combined conclusion:

7 Minute Decision

  • The power of 2. We quickly made decisions together.

  • Fewer choices. I only have my favorite, go-to pieces in my closet.

  • Kept an open mind.

She admitted she had tried on 10 or more cardigan/vest combos to go with the dress she had decided on. And then there was the scarf. The scarf that she was determined to make work. The scarf that ended up holding her back from making the boot decision. Once she abandoned the scarf idea and it all came together.

All this to say, I get it. The struggle is real. And what I have learned is that less is more. It’s universal. (It works for all areas of our life.) Fewer options makes for easier choices. Also, saved time and money.

You have “diamonds in the rough”. Treasures in and amongst the clutter. Permission granted to keep the treasures and ditch what is holding you back. You don’t need a closet stuffed full of clothes to look good and feel good.

Through this system you will save money 4 ways:

  1. Discover what you already have to avoid duplicate purchases.

  2. Repurpose: Wear one item several ways

  3. Value quality vs. quantity

  4. Saved time = Saved money

Maybe you have heard of the term Wardrobe Capsule.   A capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called "Wardrobe" in the 1970s is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. If you hadn’t heard of this term you have maybe have seen this concept; a little Pinterest here or dash of Facebook there.

As I work with women on the topic of clutter and clothing I find that this wardrobe capsule idea sounds great and many enjoy the images and the concept of it but struggle with the implementing piece. And perhaps even believing it is possible or sustainable.

I’m here to tell you it is possible. It’s why I was able to choose my outfit in 7 minutes.

3 things to be determined:

  1. What’s important to you?

  2. Where to start?

  3. Who is on your team?

Trust me. If you simplify your closet, it’s the beginning of simplifying your life.

I am here to help you determine and implement; be part of your team. It brings me great joy to help you get past what’s holding you back from a confident life. An easier life. A simpler life.

Treat yourself today. Implement my system and free up time to enjoy what’s important to you this Christmas season.

Essential Closet; Clutter Out. Confidence In.

Let’s do it.

Blessings,

Amy Larson

Do you want to get to the point where you can make decisions in on important outfits in 7 minutes too? During my 3 Hour Essential Closet; Clutter Out. Confidence In., we will go through your closet finding the diamonds in the rough and silencing those pieces that are just noise.

3 hour virtual closet session, via Skype or Facetime or Messaging...I will show you how! (Live or In person option for locals). I join you in your closet to help you simplify; get rid of the clutter (ie: noise) and unbury the treasures. I usher you into confidence. You will look good and feel good with who you are right now...today. I will train you on how to create a capsule wardrobe (Example: 14 clothing pieces + accessories = 35 or more outfits!) Invest in yourself this season. It's the gift that keeps on giving. You are worth it.

Let’s do it! I am excited to offer this session valued at over $500 but for you this Holiday season I’m offering it for only $197. What a great Christmas gift for the hard to buy for person on your list or as a treat to yourself.

When you schedule and pay for your session or a gift session today, Cyber Monday, I will gift you a bonus ½ hour coaching session prior to our in home time together. Valued at $45 for FREE!!

Spring Cleaning...with a shovel?

Shovel, for spring cleaning?  Oh my!  Well, maybe, just maybe.  I did  just use one for a dust pan last week as my daughter-in-law and I cleaned up Sheetrock remains after demolishing a small wall... Does this count as spring cleaning?

Definition from Wikipedia for spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. Spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter. The term is also used metaphorically for any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise.

What memories do these two words stir in your mind? Spring Cleaning. One that stands out for me was cleaning the china cabinet. Although, I wouldn’t call it a cabinet…I would call it a wall of cupboards. Cleaning out the china “cabinet” meant washing every single fancy dish in the cupboard…by hand.  My sisters and I washed and dried each delicate piece. We then wiped the shelf and cupboard doors clean and made sure it was completely dry before replacing the precious items. 

In my grumbling mind I thought, “This is absolutely ridiculous, is there a reason we have to wash these dishes we never use?” “If they are so precious, why don’t we use them?” “Why do we even own this china, tea cups and saucers, fancy serving plates and more salt and pepper shakers than any household could ever use?” It all seemed like a big waste of time.  And really, it was. When we ever did use a dish out of there, we rewashed anyway because it had likely been months since spring cleaning had occurred.  Crazy, that’s what I call it, crazy.

Maybe many of us had that thought. Crazy. Because I think this tradition in the spring has changed over the decades. I don’t hear too many of my friends talking about it. Stuff like washing walls down, dry cleaning curtains and things. I believe deep cleaning nowadays is in preparation for a big event; baptism/dedication, confirmation, graduation, weddings, family reunions and the like.

For me, it will be graduation in May. Besides cleaning, I have some fun painting projects in the works as well. (Thus the small remodel that required a multi use shovel.) I remember my dad saying that giving everything a fresh coat of paint in the spring was also part of the "cleaning". 

Remember, all of this tidying up is easier with less clutter! Consider having a box or two ready to place items you do not love, do not use, or are broken so they can quickly leave your house. 

So tell me, what task do you do for spring cleaning? Do you paint? Scrub? Top of cabinets? Inside cabinets? Knock out a wall or two?

Shovels may be required. 

Rock it out,

Amy

P.S. By the way, I sold my china about 13 years ago. It had been sitting in boxes for many years already. It got moved along with us to our new home. Later I decided, if it hasn’t come out of the box in the last 7+ years, then it must be time to let it go. It was the china that I purchased before I was married. Does anyone remember the Super Valu promotions? Each week was a different piece of a place setting. It was kind of fun to accumulate.

Maybe someone else is washing it once/year just because it’s spring.

Spandex. Leopard. And Lace.

What is up with the underwear drawer? Why is this topic up for discussion?

When you are on a de-cluttering journey, what better place to start than in the underwear drawer I ask? Besides, it makes for a good title and catchy phrase. :)

Help! I’m buried in the underwear drawer…Let’s get real about our stuff. Here are some highlights from the talk I give to girls for inspiration and motivation.

Spandex, leopard, and lace

Spandex. Let’s get untangled girls.  Who needs this confinement anyway?  Who wants to be held back by the restrictions?  Not me!  It’s time to break free from the limiting beliefs and negative self-talk that plagues (I would guess) most of us and keeps us in a state of procrastination, guilt or on a quest for perfectionism. And that names only a few side effects of a spandex mindset.

Leopard.  It’s time to pull out our inner leopard and conquer daily. This requires awareness; the ability to seize the opportunity and take action. Make the decision to begin. Decide that you want more joy. Let’s say it together, “I am going to actively clean out mind and stuff clutter, starting today.”

Lace. Look good and feel good. Soft, feminine, classic, and gentle are all words I tie to lace. I also think of my gramma’s doilies. This brings up feelings and words like: homey, pretty, loved, safe, comfortable, and welcoming. I imagine one single item sitting atop a doily on the table with nothing else. The table is clear except this lovely display.  My desire for you is to be clear, free, and lovely. Less is more. Live free my friend.

You can do this!

Ideas on where to start:

1.       Admit there are tangles

2.       Be aware of self-talk

3.       Dare to begin

4.       Purge stuff—start with a small area and set timer for 15 minutes

Nuggets attendees took away from the underwear drawer talk:

·         Self-talk…so powerful…stop the negative and capture it

·         Good look at what’s holding me back

·         I want to enjoy the journey

·         15 minutes a day

·         Start with areas you are not attached to

Tell me where you have had success. Tell me where you have struggled. Tell me when you want to learn more. I'm in this with you.

Blessings,

Amy

New Start

Are you ready for a new start?  Don’t know where to begin? Let’s rock this out together in bite sizes. 2016 will be the year you conquer the clutter.

We talked last time about what motivates you and what challenges you would like to see.  15 Minute Purge Fests seem to be the most intriguing.  And I agree this is a good one. 

Scheduling time:

·         What is the best time of day for you to spend 15 minutes on de-cluttering?

·         Where will you start?

·         What room?

·         When will you schedule time in your date book or planner?

·         Are you really serious about seeing a change?  If so, get your appointment book out right now and pencil in 15 minutes today, tomorrow, and every day next week. (Just a minute…I have to go get mine too.)

Right Amy, you may be saying. Where am I going to find time for that? Here are some ideas:

·         15 minutes less of social media surfing

·         Pick up the phone instead of texting (quicker answer than an all evening text conversation)

·         Bring a pile of clothes to sort during a TV program (commercials could easily gain you 15 minutes in an hour show)

·         Keep track of where “all the time goes” for a couple of days and locate windows of opportunity

·         Delegate other household chores

Add below any other ideas you can share on how to gain 15 minute slots in your day.

I have worked in several areas since the beginning of the New Year. Remember; sometimes as you de-clutter you have a bigger mess for a bit. For me, it’s because I have to decide if I am going to donate items, find a new owner that I know could use it, or start working on selling. Then I must execute the decisions. During this transitional time, I designate an area or two that I can gather, sort, and store.  I have a spare bedroom I use for this.  I also gather small items in baskets until I bag them up for Salvation Army or other second hand store.

Want to join me in counting how many items you purge from your home?  I would love to hear about your success.  It’s exciting to see how it adds up.  If you want to do the 2000 items in 2016 Challenge; you will need to do an average of 167 items per month.  I’m currently at 97. 

Tell me about the success you find in only 15 minutes per day as you get untangled and conquer daily so you can live free.

New Start; the opportunity is yours for the taking every day. Dare to begin.

Blessings,

Amy

Challenge Met

Have you blogged lately?

The encouragement comes from all sources.  Or maybe it was…”Uh, honey, how is that going anyway?” type of question and not really encouragement.   Nonetheless, I used it as a kick in the rear. And I am thankful. Challenge accepted.

There are times in life when you have waited an extended period of time to do a task and soon  it becomes easier not to do it at all. Like for example:

·         Should I send a sympathy card weeks or months after the fact?

·         How belated do you dare send belated birthday cards or thank yous?

·         I haven’t talked to a friend in months and really, how do I go about that first “break the ice” phone call or text?

·         Haven’t blogged in months? How embarrassing; what should I say??

Okay, so there it is. I humbly come before you with confession of letting my blogging go for an awkward span. I have all kinds of excuses; harvest season, preparing manuscript, helping hubby with his projects, impromptu December trip, etc.  You know the drill. I flat out just haven’t carved out time in my schedule to sit down and write.  My rule about anything and everything; if it’s not on the calendar it doesn’t get done.  Is this not what I recommend for you all? Carve out time?  It is.  I apologize and am happy to report it feels good to be back. 

So onward ho we go…now that the ice has been broken.

Challenge Met:  2115 items…yep, that’s right.  My goal of purging 2000+ items out of my home in 2015 was reached on September 15. Oh, happy dance! I feel good about it. The change is not real noticeable from the outside.  I find a difference in the storage areas mostly. More can be done...

Share with me a goal you reached in 2015; big or small.  What did you accomplish with your de-cluttering?  How did it make you feel? What motivates you?  What comes next?  These are questions I am asking myself as well.  I want a challenge that motivates me the whole year through. After reaching the 2000 items, my purging slowed down immensely.  And I know why this is; I lost my motivation because the destination was met.  So let’s get back on the fired up engine.  Can we choose a fun incentive together?

Here are some challenge ideas:

1.       2000 items in 2016 removed

2.       1 item a day for 40 days

3.       40 bags in 40 days

4.       50 items per month

5.       15 minute Purge Fests

6.       New Year Kick-start Contest: Who can purge the most items in January

7.       Love it, Keep it

8.       Tame the Paper Giant—Paper System

9.       Wardrobe Capsule (Serious closet reduction)

Tell me what stimulates you to action.  What do you see for the space you live in?  Visualize what that space looks like. How will you make it happen?  When will you carve out 15 minutes a day to achieve your desire?  What will give you a boost?  Who will spur you on?

What should we start with? The idea that jumps out at me is the 15 minute Purge Fests.  This could easily be combined with ALL of the other ideas.  The place to start is to just start, get some momentum and enjoy the journey.

So let’s do it.  January 1, 2016 assign a minimum of 15 minutes to an area. Examples: kitchen drawer, medicine cabinet, pantry area, sock drawer, 2015 files (I put my papers in an expanding file to save for tax reasons required 7 years ), magazine pile, and so on. 

Here's something that may stimulate the motivation level:

You can eliminate 40% of housework by eliminating clutter. - POP!  Fun fact. 

I say, less housework, sign me up sista! 

May you have a blessed last week of 2015 and planning of a kick-start to 2016. We can do this thing.

Amy

Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” MSG