01 The Inspired Wardrobe: Tolerations

01 The Inspired Wardrobe: Tolerations

I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t stand my closet or my dresser. I’ve got too much of some things, not enough of other things… I can’t seem to find anything… and when I dig to look, I discover things I’ve forgotten about.

I teach on keeping your wardrobe simple and yet, I seem to have tipped over to the dark side.

I tolerated living like this for a while now. How long? Not sure. When I was creating the capsule wardrobe courses, everything was good. Organized. Simple. Scaled down. I’m not sure when I started to ignore my own rules and guidelines.

All I know is that a few of my dresser drawers are jammed with stuff… and I can barely close them. I seem to always be looking for the jeans I just bought, and I’ve come to the point of… I have nothing to wear.

Here’s the thing… I’m realizing that this toleration is more than just a organizational issue. Sure, I could spend the time organizing and getting rid of stuff I don’t like. That’s the easy part. It takes time, but it’s easy.

I want more. I want to be inspired. I’m tired of the stress and anxiety that goes along with getting dressed every morning. From deciding what to wear… to trying to find something I like… to digging through and searching through clothes to create something that doesn’t suck the life out of me.

I’ve tolerated this uninspiring habit long enough.

My wardrobe drains me of energy. I want a wardrobe that inspires me. That lifts me up. That makes it easy for me to always feel good about what I put on… and to bring a smile to my face any time I’m in my closet or opening a drawer.

I am now on a mission to create this inspired space. Wanna do this with me? Comment below.

My “Wardrobe”

To be inspired by my wardrobe, I need to address all areas of my wardrobe. My wardrobe isn’t just one space. It’s not just the closet. It includes any space that I use to get dressed. I have my dresser, my closet, another closet, ANOTHER closet that has more stuff, the coat closet downstairs, my jewelry and my bathroom counter. You know what, my laundry closet counts too. That’s a lot of places.

The Result

I open the closet and it’s organized… easy… has only the clothes I love to wear… decorated… colors that inspire me.

My dresser is clean on top… has something inspirational on it… the drawers are organized… I know exactly where everything is.

Maybe I use one less closet. There’s a full length mirror somewhere, which, believe it or not, I do not have… but my daughter has 2.

Maybe Alexa’s there… a speaker to play music while I get dressed?

As I’ve gotten older… and now married to Joe… I’m learning that life is all about experiences. It’s not about the stuff. I love vacationing and traveling… and those are amazing experiences. But getting dressed everyday is an experience. How many times do you fly through the morning and not take a moment to appreciate the experience of pulling yourself together?

I want to instill the habit of slowing down and appreciating what I have. Taking the time to choose the right jewelry… the right lipstick… even the right underpants. Start the day strong.

So, no more tolerating the messy, disorganized spaces.

Hello to “The Inspired Wardrobe”.

Join me on this journey and let’s really get to know ourselves and our unique style in the process.


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  • Reply Dawn March 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I’m with you on this one, Jen! I have a way of magically collecting way too much stuff, and have been purging for what seems like months straight to try to get my wardrobe on the right track. I’m getting there. It’s a constant battle!

    • Reply Jennifer Thoden March 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Thanks, Dawn!

      This seems like a constant process. I think that’s one of my aha moments. I always seem to forget that this is not a one and done process. Right?


  • Reply Jan March 10, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Jen, is the Inspired Wardrobe going to be a series of blogs or a course? Either way, it sounds fascinating.

    • Reply Jennifer Thoden March 11, 2018 at 11:27 am

      This is going to be a series of blog posts. So, please enjoy!

  • Reply Amy Holston Hesting March 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I’m so looking forward to these blog posts! So many of us are there too. Shoes are a real problem for me! Thanks for sharing your struggles!

  • Reply Gloria Coles March 11, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I too, have been collecting too much stuff and purging. But still keep some “one day, maybe” items,
    For some reason, I feel that if there is a space it needs to be filled. Is it “ego, I can, “?
    I’m with you on this journey.


  • Reply Kristen March 12, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Jen, I suggest checking out Diane in Denmark on YouTube and Instagram for a lady who has streamlined and organized her life and still puts together killer outfits everyday with stuff she’s had for years. She isn’t a fashion YouTuber; I found her because she posts videos about the Flylady cleaning system and organizing, but her clothes and accessories are always on point and with minimal fuss. I aspire to her simplified, minimal approach to life!

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