About Melanie

Melanie is a stylist who adores bold prints, local farmers markets, and getting down to 90's music.  Her mission is to make women feel confident through their clothes.  This native New Yorker currently resides in the Bay Area with her fantastic husband, brilliant (totally biased) two kiddos and her impossibly cute Boston Terrier.  


My Packing Dilemma

There I was, the night before our cruise to Alaska with 3 suitcases, and EVERYTHING MY CHILDREN AND I OWNED IN OUR CLOSETS in those suitcases.  All of a sudden the overwhelm set in.  I didn't know where to begin.  I thought I had planned enough in advance and then there I was... in a sea of clothes and I needed to get out!  

So, after I pouted around for 20 min, ate dinner, theeeeen some dessert, and texted everyone I knew I realized I was doing the OPPOSITE of what I teach my clients.  I was making a mountain out of a molehill and it was time to get down to business.  

Hold on... I feel like I need to take a minute and talk about WHY the above paragraph is so important.  

When it comes to our closets we tend to put off cleaning them out like the plague.  Why??  The longer you put it off, the bigger of a mess it becomes and then it really does become a big task.  When I clean my closet out now, it's SO not a big event.  I don't say this to diminish the task.  I say this because I clean my closet so frequently of one or two things that I don't need to set aside a large amount of time anymore.   When it's time to clean out your closet you have to change your mindframe.  It can be fun and there is a great big light at the end of the tunnel.  More on this later...

Ok, so here I am ready to tackle this crazy packing dilemma and I decided to do what I would if I was helping someone else.  I BROKE THAT SHIZ DOWN.  Below are the questions I ask when packing that help to ensure I am bringing the right items.  

Questions to Ask While Packing:

1) How many days would we be away?  Pack enough undies and diapers (for Jude) to get us through. 

2) What special events do we need specific items for?  For example, there were two fancy nights on this cruise. 

3) How can I make sure this is an outfit?  This is my packing mantra and it really does work.  If you plan by outfit you make sure you have the right shoes and accessories for everything you do.  Crucial.

4) Is this the most versatile item?  Is there another item that would get more use?  If you have the option to bring one sweater that works with everything, bring that one.  Otherwise you end up packing 3 sweaters which takes up much more room.  Maybe you like the other sweaters more but NOW IS NOT THE TIME GIRL!

I really can't stress how important versatility and making outfits as you go along is for a successful packing situation.  Game changer guys.  

Disclaimer: I may or may not have not packed warmly enough.  I don't want you thinking "Oh that Melanie, she's a superhuman wizard who packed all the right things."  I am an open book (probably to a fault) and want you to know that I did not have enough warm clothes, BUT from my research it was supposed to be much warmer sooooo I blame everyone but myself.  Obvi.  

What can we learn from this packing endeavor?  Putting off certain tasks ends up making things way more overwhelming.  Also, changing out outlook and breaking it down changes the whole game.

Which brings me to how I can help.  I have this awesome course guys.  It's called The Confident Closet and it goes through week by week of how to not only have a well thought out closet with clothes you love, but it also makes sure you are confident in your personal style. The other piece to the cleaning out the clutter game is how you feel about yourself and your style.  It's all covered in the course, as well as a private Facebook group to help hold you accountable and feel extra supported.  The next round of the course starts this Fall!  Keep your eyes peeled for more info and make sure to sign up on my mailing list to get the scoop!

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