Are You Carrying Extra Baggage?

I just returned from my honeymoon in Cancun and it was absolutely fabulous! We were married last June, but we were unable to get away until now. When you have three children, vacations without them tend to be a bit difficult to coordinate. Nevertheless, we pulled it off, and I'm so grateful. As I was packing to leave our beautiful resort, I started thinking about how I could have packed fewer items making it much easier to add my new purchases and to close my suitcase without having to lay on it. Yes, I did have to do that to close it. I am the queen of carry on luggage no matter where I go or for how long. I am usually a very efficient packer, but lately, I have been over-packing. Since lying on my suitcase looks rather ridiculous, especially when I got stopped and searched by security in the airport, I started thinking about how I could further streamline my packing process.

Of course, this meant I needed to review my wardrobe. Like so many of my clients, I sometimes hold on to items a bit longer than I should. Right now, I feel like I have too much. When I am not wearing everything in my seasonal closet, I know it is time for a mini purge. Over the past few years, I have been pairing back items in several areas of my life. It feels so good to have less and actually LOVE everything I own. Now, I am on a quest to pair my wardrobe back even further. I want to get dressed faster and pack better than I do now. I'd love for you to join me in this challenge. Just schedule a 15 to 30 minute time block on your calendar to get the process going. By scheduling this time in your calendar, you are more likely to do it. Along with purging, I am finding ways to maximize my existing wardrobe. I've been tailoring and updating key pieces. For example, I own a beautiful red, Max Mara blazer that I purchased about 10 years ago. I put it away for a while and recently brought it back into the mix. I had it tailored to fit me better, and now I wear it with a beautiful fur collar I bought in Italy. Every time I wear the blazer, I get so many compliments and people ask where I bought it. It makes me feel fabulous when I can take a piece that I have loved for many years and re-invent it. Changing buttons, taking in a super wide pant leg, or adding or removing an embellishment can breathe new life into your clothes. Here are pictures of a few of items I altered:

A red blazer I tailored and added fur:

A long jacket that had chain embellishments on the shoulders that I had removed:

A velvet jacket I changed the buttons on:

Wide leg pants I had taken in:

Small changes can have big results. Now, take a look in your closet to find your hidden gems. This week, I have two goals for my wardrobe:

  1. Review my tops and purge the ones I just don't wear or love anymore.

  2. Find another piece that I can make more fabulous.

I hope you will join me in this challenge. Let me know what you decide to do. I love hearing from you. In the meantime, checkout my packing tips here. If you haven't downloaded my closet audit guide yet, you can get it here.

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Margaret Batting - Professional Development Consultant, Executive Coach, Brand Strategist and Keynote Speaker, Servicing Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Beyond
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