(Feature image courtesy Cosmopolitan Magazine)
Unless you’re a bona fide superwoman, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of what we call the morning scramble. You know, those days when, no matter what you do, you can’t seem to pull it together and get ready in an even remotely reasonable amount of time. You end up late to work because you couldn’t decide on the shoes you want to wear, the right amount of tiny rings for your fingers, and so on.
Well, we’re here to help! Luckily, there are a few quick tricks you can easily add to your daily routine to ensure you’re never again late to work on account of wardrobe indecision.
1. Pick out your entire outfit the night before.
There’s a reason your mom taught you this trick when you were younger—it’s only logical and it saves a ton of time. Before you go to bed, choose your entire outfit for the next day, right down to your shoes, bag, and other accessories. If you wake up feeling like you don’t really want to wear what you picked out, you can edit from there—but that’s still a preferable option to trying to create a look from scratch by frantically rifling through your entire closet.
2. Keep your jewelry organized.
Raise your hand if this scene sounds familiar: you’ve got your outfit all picked out and ready to go, you head to your jewelry box to retrieve your favorite necklace, and you’re crestfallen to discover it’s entrapped in a massive knot with about six other necklaces. Make sure this scene never replays by keeping your jewelry seriously organized—chains should never be stored with other chains, for starters. Keep them separate from one another, and be sure to keep your most prized pieces in a uniform place so you always know where to find the ones you wear the most often.
3. Don’t over-accessorize.
We’re all familiar with that famous Coco Chanel quote: always remove one accessory before you leave the house. But we have an even better tactic: don’t put on too many to begin with! When it comes to accessories, simpler really is better. Unless you’re trying to make a statement with an attention-grabbing necklace or pair of earrings, stick to simplistic, chic pieces that won’t weigh down your outfit—or slow down your morning.
4. Separate your outerwear.
One of the greatest things you can do for your life and your wardrobe is to keep your outerwear—light jackets, hats, scarves, even rain boots—separate from the rest of your closet. That way, you don’t have to fool with them when you’re getting dressed, and you can allow them to be an afterthought as you’re heading out the door.
5. Have your work bag already packed.
Last, but certainly not least, pack whatever you might need for work the night before. This often means a pair of heels to change into from your commute-friendly sneakers, perhaps your favorite mid-day snack, and any other miscellaneous items you might need. If you feel prepared for your day, you won’t be running around throwing things together last-minute.