If getting dressed in the morning is the most stressful part of your day, it's time for an overhaul—of your closet, and your mindset. Sure, what you wear helps you present your personality to the world, but sometimes it feels like we put way too much pressure on ourselves to get that look just right, making it more complicated and frustrating than it has to be. And then there's the closet issue—after all, that's the first place most people shove things to get them out of sight and out of mind.
The good news is, you can make your mornings less of a struggle without sacrificing your personal style (in fact, some changes might actually give your style a boost). You'll have to spend some time decluttering and assessing what items you actually love, what needs to go, and what you're missing that will complete your looks, but it'll be worth it to have a stress-free storage system and finally love getting dressed in the morning.
Those stylish people you know who always seem like they've got everything together? These are their secrets:
1. They know where everything is
The best way to make getting dressed in the morning easy? Stay organized. If everything in your dresser and closet has a designated place—and you make it a point to always put things where they belong—you won't waste time stressing out over where your favorite sweater is or trying to find a matching sock. Your clothes and accessories will be exactly where they should be, making the getting ready process as quick and painless as possible.
2. They keep their wardrobe simple
Options are the enemy. The more clothes you have and the more complicated they are, the tougher your morning routine will be. If you keep your wardrobe simple—think a smaller collection of basic, well-tailored, versatile pieces that can be paired with multiple items—you'll have a smaller selection to choose from, and you'll be able to better remember exactly what you have to work with.
3. They take advantage of accessories
Having a simpler wardrobe absolutely does not have to mean that your look is boring. Accessories that have a lot of personality can help compensate in the boldness department, turning basic clothing pieces into an outfit that achieves all the things you want with your look. Jewelry, bags, pins, scarves, ties, interesting shoes and even fun socks or tights can all turn a simple piece into a statement.
4. They plan outfits in advance
If you really want to make getting dressed in the morning the easiest part of your daily routine, take some time either the night before or at the beginning of the week to plan out your outfits and coordinate which accessories you plan to wear with them. Hang them all up together in your closet in advance so you can just grab and go, or lay them out on your dresser the night before so you don't even have to look through your things.
5. They clean out their closets
Holding on to items that you never wear or that don't fit anymore is a surefire way to make getting dressed a difficult, stressful experience. Take some time to go through your wardrobe and find all the things you don't wear anymore, and donate them—it'll free up storage space for new items that you actually love, and maybe even help you feel more confident, since you'll probably be getting rid of things that don't make you feel like your best self.
It took me a long time to realize it, but my clothes started to play a huge role in how I valued myself.