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  • Alicia McCaslin

My Refrigerator is a Disaster

My refrigerator is a disaster. On the surface (aka front row of every shelf), all looks fine. The items we use the most are easy to get to and the revolutions of daily items such as butter, half and half, and a variety of condiments stays relevant. It’s the next layer of each shelf that becomes problematic and the lower you go, the worse it becomes. Containers are not arranged where I can see them and then they expire and become unidentifiable to the point that I’m not even sure what they were on their best day. I also have two or three different types of containers so there is a lack of consistency. Then every month (or two), I go on a search and destroy mission to relieve this appliance of what is no longer suitable for consumption. Perhaps an odd analogy but you see where I am going?

Bad habits are hard to break. Getting into lazy routines ultimately create chaos or worse, deplete our resources, our productivity and our bottom line. I’m dedicated to correct this refrigerator problem of mine but I’ve realized I will need to commit to some new ideas in order to achieve the results. I've come to realize I fall short in shopping for groceries and often buy what may be fresh or on sale, but I don't necessarily have a plan. The result is a waste of time and money. Sound familiar? We all have areas in our lives that need attention - fitness and finance are two that come to mind where staying consistent to the maintenance is paramount to having a balanced body and spreadsheet. While it seems we should be able to take care of our closets, just as I should be able to maintain an organized refrigerator, it can be tough since we are apt to fall into the same traps.

What I have come to realize through discussions with women is that what many need is a quarterly meeting where we touch base and prepare for the extremes of summer and winter. In addition to the meetings, offering a monthly "touching base" text keeps a conversation going where we can stay focused and build our list of items to fill the ongoing holes. In essence, I'm offering to manage their closet remotely while still tackling the larger projects seasonally but with better information. Payment options for this type of plan range from monthly to annual with incentives for paying for the year up front.

I have built my current business on a seasonal calendar that aligns with style needs. Two major times of the year are the transition from summer to fall and the transition from winter to spring. Minor ones are the shoulder season transitions of spring to summer and fall to winter.

A Seasonal Overhaul

Preps your wardrobe for the upcoming season and in touch with your lifestyle.

March, April, May & September, October, November

  • Swap out seasonal items

  • Create a seasonal style profile

  • Detox your closet

  • Review your lifestyle for the season

  • Take time to give your wardrobe consistent structure - creating your formulas and defining your overall "look"

  • Identify missing pieces

  • Create a shopping list

  • Create a few favorite outfits

  • Reorganize closet

Mini "Touch Base" Meeting Adjusting and refining the extremes of Summer and Winter While deep in these periods, it's a good time to add minor pieces that suit the hottest and coldest climates.

  • Checking on warm and cold weather essentials

  • Find missing pieces

If you're in need of a help with your wardrobe, there are ideal times to get situated. Summer is one of those times and the other is Winter since this is when we have a little more time to focus on a project surrounding clothing.

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