So, I thought it was time to fill you in on the little Instagram Closet Challenge I’ve been doing for almost a year.
Last year, I felt like I came out of winter looking like a slob all the time. I had an infant at home, a special-needs child in preschool, and a 1st grader. My uniform for picking up my son from school consisted of yoga pants and an oversized, 20-year old sweatshirt. Pretty much every day.
What really did it for me was this one night last Spring. Doug and I actually got to go out alone & we went to a bar with some neighbors who have kids in my son’s class. One of the dads that I regularly see at pick up almost didn’t recognize me. He kept going on and on about how AMAZING I looked. It was really sweet, and I’m 110% sure he didn’t mean anything bad by it. I just kept thinking, “I must really be a slob if real clothes, make up and styling my hair makes me unrecognizable.”
I felt like I was in a rut. Ruts make me feel like I can’t get anything done or stay on top of anything. I’m Type A, so I really don’t like feeling like that. I needed a way to break out of it, so I decided to challenge myself to create outfits each day with what I already had in my closet. I had to document it in some way to hold me accountable, so I started a personal Instagram Closet Challenge.
Posting the selfies on Instagram was fun, and it seemed to be motivating me to put real clothes on in the morning, so I kept doing it. Going through the Konmari Method (which I still haven’t finished) in my closet helped a ton. I didn’t really want a capsule wardrobe, but I wanted to rid my closet of anything that wasn’t flattering or that I didn’t feel like a million bucks wearing.
Putting the outfits together also gave me a fun activity that got my creative juices flowing. It was a nice feeling!
I’m sure prior to yesterday’s post, some of you who follow me on Instagram or see my Instagram posts on my blog were probably wondering why I was posting closet challenge selfies like one of those Style Blogger Babes. Don’t worry, I’ll never be like them. First, who has the time to take and edit all of those photoshoots? Do you know how long it takes to dry all of this hair, much less curl it? I have three kids! Second, who has the money to be buying brand new clothes all the time? Not me. Besides, I buy stuff on sale, so when I buy it, its usually almost sold out after that.
Also, I’ll never spend money on jeans that have the knees ripped out. I like a distressed look here and there, but I have to find those WAY on sale or at Target in order to justify spending money on destroyed denim. #SorryNotSorry
That being said, sometimes I do find really good deals on clothes, shoes, beauty & home items that I absolutely love, and I want to tell you all about them. Just in case you are feeling like you’re in a rut too. I thought a monthly round-up of the outfits I put together might help spark some outfit inspiration for busy moms on the go.
If you see something that you like, click on the picture to find the item (if its in stock). These are affiliate links for your convenience. If you can’t figure out where something is from, it’s usually old or from Stitch Fix. Just leave a comment, and I will let you know for sure!
So what do you think? Which is your favorite? I included more than a month here because I’ve been meaning to do this post for about 6 months, but the timing just never seemed right. I can’t wait to wear some of those warm weather clothes again!
Have I inspired you to start your own Closet Challenge? Try it!