The ‘Pretend You're Living Out of a Suitcase’ Technique

For a month this past winter I lived out of a suitcase while touring through the Yucatan and Belize. I loved the simplicity of it all. I only had a few outfits to choose from: two pairs of shoes, one pair of pants, one pair of capris, a few t-shirts, a dress, a couple of skirts, one sweater, and of course a bathing suit. The weather didn’t change much from one day to the next, and since I was on vacation my clothing decisions were pretty easy to make. Every item of clothing worked with each other and all of the items were well suited for life in hot, humid climates.

I arrived home in early January to sub-zero temperatures and lots of snow, which one could expect in Calgary in January. But what I didn’t expect was the confusion I faced when trying to decide what to wear. Out of habit I went to my still unpacked suitcase and realized that none of those clothes were appropriate. So I opened up my closet and stared blankly at its contents. So much to choose from … oodles of pants, shirts, blouses, sweaters, dresses, skirts, scarves and … socks … remember socks?

It was all too much. I grabbed a blanket and lay down on the couch hoping that the sound of waves breaking on the beach would awaken me from the nightmare. Unfortunately it was the itching of a day old mosquito bite that brought me back to reality. 

I forced myself back to the closet and began trying on item after item after item; carelessly tossing the rejects on the floor. Eventually I made it outside that day, appropriately dressed in my most fashionable ‘holy crap its really cold outside’ clothes.

So what does all this have to do with a low crap diet? Well, when I came back home that night the pile of clothes was still on the floor and I noticed for the first time that my closet was spilling over with items that I would probably never wear yet for some reason I allowed them to live with me, taking up valuable space and wasting my time. I had a high crap wardrobe!

Right then and there I decided to turn my closet into a suitcase … metaphorically of course. I wanted to feel that same confidence when I opened my closet as I did when I opened my suitcase: every item appropriate, comfortable and gets along with each other ... I wanted a low crap wardrobe!

The exercise of clearing all the high crap clothing out of my closet has me thinking that I will apply the ‘pretend you're living out of a suitcase’ technique to every aspect of my life.

I’ll keep you posted on how that works for me.