Written by Sarah
Perhaps I’m not the best person to write on this subject. After all, I often have to be at work before sunrise, and so I’m dressed and out the door within the first hour I’m awake. And I know all too well the temptation to stay in pajamas or sweats when there isn’t anywhere in particular to go in the morning.
But something happens when you get dressed in the morning – even if you don’t really have to. You feel a little better. You’re more productive. If the opportunity presents itself, you can go somewhere without having to stop and get dressed first. How many times have you refused – or even hesitated – to go do something you know you should because getting dressed to leave the house sounds like too much hassle? And even if you stay home, when you catch sight of yourself in the mirror, you’ll feel good about what you see if you’ve gotten dressed.
“Who’s going to see me?” I used this argument for a long time. One day, I caught myself refuting that same line in regards to something else (I don’t recall exactly) with God Himself. After all, He’s always watching! We’re His creation. We owe it to Him to get dressed in the morning, to clothe ourselves in something other than our pajamas.
It’s not an easy habit to break, that of getting up and going about your daily routine without getting dressed first. Clothes require a little thought and practice. It helps to grab an outfit the night before and have it ready to go the next morning. If you do have plans, you can tailor the outfit to those plans, or pick something else to change into later in the day that will better suit your plans.
“All my clothes are too nice to wear at home.” If this is really the case, you either need to change your wardrobe or your outlook. Even with small children at home, there’s not too much difference in the ease of caring for jeans and yoga pants. The exception would be those first few months postpartum – as long as you’re changing daily, you get a pass, newborn mamas!
There’s not much point in owning clothes that rarely, if ever, get worn, so if you feel like the biggest barrier to getting dressed in the morning is “nothing to wear”, pull everything out of your closet and take a look. Make piles according to what purpose your clothes serve. If you’re home most days, plan some appropriate outfits that use things you’ve already got, and make a list of what else you’ll need. Then head to the thrift store or your favorite value store (Target, Old Navy, etc) and fill in the gaps as best you can.
So who’s ready to take the Getting Dressed Challenge? Let’s try this for the next week! Even if you don’t plan to leave the house (or if you can’t leave because of the cold weather), your task is to get dressed first thing in the morning. Leave a comment below if you’re up for the challenge!