A Decade Later and Part #1: Before You Shop, Organize Your Closet!!!!

Jacket (Jacob). Sweater (R W and Co). Jeans (Gap). Boots (Fergalicious).

I wore this outfit today for my Specialists appointment. Fall has finally and sadly arrived here in the Lower Mainland, so out comes my favorite trench coat. My husband and son helped me pick it out in the Spring. Every time I wear it, it reminds me of those two monkeys!!! 🙂

My Specialists appt. went well. She basically told me that the Pericarditis is most likely caused by a virus I caught from Aiden. She did run some more tests to rule out any aut0-immune disorders, but she is 99% sure that it’s a virus. She also said that my pain has come back because my meds weren’t strong enough. I am back to the pills I was originally taking. I am taking 3 different meds, so let’s hope with this combination that my pain subsides. She told me that it will take two months for me to fully recover, but that I can go back to normal activities once my symptoms are under control. I am relieved that there is an end in sight. I was very adamant that I did not want to leave her office until we had a plan. I told her that I couldn’t continue living with the unknown. She was wonderful. So let’s hope that no news is good news with my blood tests, and that my pain meds start working.

I posted a blog in August about our 7 year wedding anniversary. This past weekend marked 10 years that my husband and I met. We met at a Hungarian Dance Festival in Winnipeg. Here is a picture of us one decade ago.

If you would have told me 10 years ago, that a decade later I would be married, with a 3.5 yr old son, living here in Vancouver, I would have told you that you were crazy. But, here I am 10 years later. One decade is a very long time. It’s certainly the longest relationship I have ever had. I think back to the young person I was, and I can’t believe how fast it has all gone by. I wonder what the next 10 years will bring. As long as I have my husband and son, and am surrounded by my amazing friends, that’s all I need. What does the last decade of your life look like?

Last week a friend and I were discussing shopping. She suggested a good blog post would be how and when to shop. I started making a list and realized that before I write about how to shop, you have to know what is in your closet. So this is part 1 of a 3 part series on How to Shop!!!!

Before You Shop, you should organize your closet!!!!

I go through my closet twice a year, once in the Spring and then again in the Fall. This allows me to see what fits, what doesn’t fit and what I need to add to it. How can you go shopping if you don’t know what you have in your closet? You will just end up buying some random item and it may not even match anything you have in your closet. That is a big waste of money!!!! I organize my closet in sections: Blazers ( I keep my every day jackets downstairs in our hall closet), Dresses, Skirts, Pants, Blouses (long-sleeved together, short-sleeved together, etc), Tank Tops, Collared Shirts, Shirts, Cardigans (organize them according to their styles), and Hoodies. Organizing my closet this way may make me look OCD, and anal, but it allows me to easily see what I have. I can just look in my closet and go to my cardigans and pick one out that I want to wear, rather than sort through my closet, cursing under my breath, because I can’t find the one I am looking for. Below is a picture of my closet.

I also organize my dresser drawers according to Sweaters, and T-Shirts, again organizing them according to sleeve length and styles. Take a look.

I know I qualify as “crazy” and Type A, but it helps me plan out my outfits, allowing me to know what I have. It makes shopping so much easier, when you know what you have.

I organize my scarves by wrapping them around hangers that my coats are on. I can see them all at the same, keeping them wrinkle free and giving me easy access to them. I also put my every day shoes downstairs in the hall closet, and the rest are kept up in my closet. If the boxes have a picture of the shoe on them, then I place that side on the outside, making it easier for me to discern the shoes.

Try on your clothes if you have any doubts that it fits. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF!!!!  You aren’t doing yourself any favors by lying. If it doesn’t fit, donate it. I have two criteria for keeping your clothes:

1. Your clothes must fit!!!!

2. It has to make you feel pretty!!!!

If your clothes in your closet don’t fit both these criteria, then you need to get rid of them. Donate them. Holding on to clothes that don’t fit and don’t make you feel pretty is a waste of closet space, your time and energy. You owe it to yourself to have pieces in your closet that flatter you, that make you feel pretty, that make you want to dress up, and that make you feel like you are a celebrity. Because we all deserve it!!!!

It’s not about quantity in your closet, it’s about quality. You should have quality, basic pieces in your closet that you can work with, add to, build outfits on. I’ll talk about basic pieces in my next post. Remember your neutrals blue, black, brown, grey, and white. These are pieces that will work with one another and with anything you have in your closet.

Take inventory of what you have and what you want to add to it. If you are unsure take pictures of outfits. Play dress up in your closet. Remember when you were a little girl, playing in your mom’s closet, how much fun that was. Well here’s a chance to be a 5 year old girl again, but this time it’s your stuff.

Once you are organized and know what you have, make a list of what you would like. Take a look at magazines, look on line, there are lots of places to get fashion inspiration from. If you don’t know what you need, then go to the mall and window shop to see what they have.

Now that you have your list, sign up to receive e-mails from your favorite stores. They will send you e-mails for coupons and for sales. Knowing when the deals are on will save you some money.

Set aside time to go shopping, without the husband and kids. I’m fortunate that both my husband and son are great shoppers, but it’s still much easier for me to go by myself or with a friend. Give yourself time to shop, don’t rush, because that’s when you will end up buying useless things that you will never wear. Bring a friend that you trust, to make it more fun.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to remove in the dressing rooms. You don’t want to wear lace up boots and a button top. Wear something that you can easily slip off your feet and off your head quickly.

Make sure you are well hydrated and fed. If you aren’t then you are more likely to buy unnecessary items and rush. Bring some water with you, or stop and get a coffee and a snack.

Last important advice is to make yourself a budget and stick to it. This will keep you from buying something that you are unsure of.

Make it fun, all of it. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

May this blog inspire you to examine your last decade, to not be afraid of shopping, and to make organizing your closet fun (invite a friend over and have some wine).

Happy Thursday Everyone!!!!

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About Vodka Infused Lemonade

I am mother to a toddler boy. I am wife to an amazing husband. I am perinatal nurse. I have found a new hobby of cake and cupcake decorating. You can see my work on Facebook at Agi's Creations. I love fashion, books, music, travel, food and anything to do with kids.
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2 Responses to A Decade Later and Part #1: Before You Shop, Organize Your Closet!!!!

  1. Heather says:

    Isn’t it funny the journey that life takes you on?? I could totally use a good closet organizing!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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