Capsule wardrobe movement
Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? It’s fashion austerity. You wear the same thing everyday or a uniform of very similar pieces everyday. Brilliant people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Albert Einstein all avoided decision fatigue by wearing the same thing every. single. day. No expenditure of time, energy or emotional bandwidth on wardrobe.
Can you imagine not standing in front of closet full of clothes, matching, accessorizing and color coordinating every outfit everyday?
I’m no Einstein, but decided to try it. I wore the same dress everyday last week. I wore it to church on Sunday, out to dinner on Tuesday, to the dentist on Wednesday, running errands on Thursday, to my hair cut on Saturday, and around the house the rest of the week.
Same dress every day! It was fantastic.
Freedom and creativity abound.
I actually had more energy and creativity because I didn’t burn time and decision making power on what to wear and what to wear with what I was wearing!
Listen, when what to prepare for dinner, the composition of an email or choosing which picture to post takes too much time, energy and emotional bandwidth, it leaves us lacking space and creativity to contemplate bigger issues of work, play and rest.
My experiment wearing the same outfit all week was successful on so many fronts. It was a no-brainer deciding what to wear every morning! From undies to earrings, it was already planned. It multiplied my time and because I loved the dress, I felt confident to face whatever the day held.
It was fun! Honestly, I felt like I was privately pranking everyone. I kept waiting for someone to say, “Didn’t you wear that yesterday?” I shouldn’t have been surprised, but the world didn’t stop to ridicule, judge or even question. No one even noticed.
Not just for wardrobe.
Systemizing our routines applies to way more than wardrobe. Now my morning starts with a routine of personal hygiene and rich devotional time with Jesus that jump starts my day.
Setting meal times and having the same thing for breakfast and lunch everyday has streamlined my cooking, shopping and prep time.
Batch writing content for books, courses and devotionals has multiplied my work flow immeasurably.
What is a routine you have (or will) systematize to streamline your decision making and multiply your time? Leave me a comment – I read every single one.
Oh, and feel free to try my little experiment. If I see you in the same outfit several days in a row, I promise not to say a thing. We’ll just wink at each and exchange knowing smiles.
Verse of the day: “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matt. 6:31-33 New Living Translation (NLT)
Prayer: Remind me that your approval is enough for me, God. That I don’t need to fret over what to eat or what to wear. Guide and show me the right way to stay in the center of your will. Not my own.