I’m reposting this article by a fellow blogger, fashion enthusiast, fashionista and most of all wardrobe consultant Kaarin Moore. I found this to be a very interesting read as we constantly find ourselves looking into the black hole of our closets saying “I have nothing to wear”. I have girlfriends who I am amazed as to why they can’t seem to find anything to wear to work with three closets filled with clothes! Well, as of this year I have vowed to not allow those words to be uttered from my mouth. I have established a work clothes closet and the rest are “play clothes” I don’t even look in the closet with business suits in it when the weekend comes along. Separating that clothing from my day-to-day has worked wonders in helping me get ready in the morning. I will be taking a closer look after reading the book Kaarin recommends to ensure my closets match my lifestyle.
Thanks Kaarin for this article. It has truly been enlightening. I hope you all can benefit from it. Enjoy!
The Math Behind Why You Can’t Find Anything To Wear
You are getting ready to go out – to work, on a date, or to an event – and you stand in front of your closet flabbergasted that you can have so many clothes but nothing to wear. Do not fret – this scenario happens to even the most fabulous fashionistas! The great news is that there is a mathematical solution to solve this wardrobe conundrum.
I found it in the book “I Don’t Have a Thing To Wear: The Psychology of Your Closet,” by Judie Taggart and Jackie Walker and now use it as a practical exercise with clients. (The book is fantastic, by the way – I highly recommend it!)
The basic idea is that your wardrobe needs to match the everyday activities of your life. The best way to figure this out is to break down how you utilize your time. Here’s how it works:
1. Write down all of the activities that you do during your waking hours. This includes evenings and weekends and can be grouped into categories like work, exercise, evenings out, hanging out at home, running errands on the weekends, etc.
2. Now we are going to figure out how many hours you are awake in 1 month. This may sound overwhelming, but stick with me! We are going to guesstimate that you are awake from about 7:00am to 11:00pm each day.
7:00am – 11:00pm = 16 hours a day
16 hours a day x 7 days – 112 hours in a week
112 hours in a week x 4 weeks = 448 hours per month
So, you are awake and doing something about 448 hours a month.
3. Now take that list of activities from #1 and guesstimate how much time you spend on that activity per month. For instance, if you work 40 hours a week that’s 160 hours a month. If you are going on dates 2 times a week for about 3 hours per date that’s 24 hours a month.
4. Do some division. Take the total hours of an activity, like work, and divide it by the total number of hours you have in a month.
So it would be
160 / 448 = .357 or about 36%
Which means 36% of your waking hours are at work.
Which means about 36% of your wardrobe should be work clothes.
5. Now go to your closet. Is roughly 35-40% of your wardrobe work clothes? If the answer is no that’s why you can’t find anything to wear to work.
This exercise can be a complete shift in how you view your life. The reality of how you use your waking hours can be surprising.
Please know that people typically have a gap between what they own and how they spend their time! It is perfectly normal. The goal is to get those percentages as close to the reality of your life as possible. If you need more work clothes start shopping with the goal of building that area of your closet. It makes life so much easier!