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Time Management and Shopping

July 26, 2012

If you set up a system for when you go shopping then you will find that shopping is more fun and enjoyable and will take less time. Do you know that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time? This means that we have a lot of money invested in clothing that we don’t wear – let alone the time it took us to purchase all those items.


If you follow some rules then you will save yourself some time when shopping:

Know what suits your body

  • Learn your body shape
  • Understand what colours suit you

Know your reason for going shopping

  • What is your reason for wanting to purchase a new item
  • Write down what items you need to purchase
  • Ask yourself – when will I wear it? Where will I wear it? How many times will I wear it?

Preparation for shopping:

  • Allow enough time
  • Think about the shopping hours and try to shop when there are less people at the shops
  • If you are co-ordinating items then take those items with you then you won’t wonder if they go, you will know

Questions to ask:

  • How many items in my wardrobe will the item go with?
  • Can it be dressed up or dressed down?
  • Will you be able to use it in more than one season?

If you purchase an item that needs to be altered then take it to be altered immediately. Otherwise, it may just be another item at home that hangs in your wardrobe.

Another way to save time is to actually go through your wardrobe at least once a year. That way, you can ensure that your wardrobe is always functional and serves you. Some questions to ask and guidelines to follow include:

  • Anything that you won’t get repaired – then out it goes
  • Anything that no longer looks good – out it goes
  • Anything that doesn’t fit you – either too big or too small – out it goes
  • Anything that is dated – out it goes
  • Anything that you feel uncomfortable in – out it goes

Following these tips and guidelines will ideally save you time when you go shopping so that you can use your time for more productive and fun experiences.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Myra Billson permalink
    August 2, 2012 11:22 am

    So true! Another great tip – Hang every item in your wardrobe “back to front” i.e. the hook of the hanger facing you. Every time you wear that item hang it with the hook facing away from you. After a year (4 seasons) remove and dispose of all the items on hangers that have not been switched – if you haven’t worn it in a year you don’t need it and won’t miss it!

    • August 3, 2012 4:59 am

      Yes I agree Myra. It allows you to either easily get rid of items you don’t wear or become a lot more inventive with your clothes because you have to make sure you wear them.

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