DIY: Wardrobe Reduction

Good Morning!!! Yay for Friday!!

I am excited to share this with you today!! This has been something I have been thinking about doing for quite some time.

Reducing my wardrobe!

Scary yes but let me tell you it feels pretty great now that it’s done. I decided it was time because my husband is getting out of the army in a few months!! Yay! We decided we are going to live with his parents for a few months during our transition. This way we can save some money and find a house! Super exciting, can’t wait to plant some roots. Also being able to do what we want to the space will be pretty amazing too.

So let’s get started!

Before you start it’s a good idea to really sit down and hop on pinterest or google and decide what you want your day to day look to be. Some have a few different go-to looks and that’s ok but you’re going to have more clothes for each look, it’s probably going to add up quickly. I decided that I want to keep a really simple and classic silhouette. A classy jeans and a shirt look. This to me covers all the bases because it’s very easy to dress up, when you want to look a little nicer. Also it’s comfortable, when chasing two little guys this is key.

I highly suggest music as the first step. In my opinion music is always needed, no matter what the project is. Alright step two, I went drawer by drawer took everything out then made different piles. One for keep, one for sentimental, and a don’t keep pile. The sentimental it mostly made up of tshirts. That I will most likely make into a blanket, so they don’t need to be taking up space in my dresser or closet.

An important note to add is to be real with yourself. You know what you’re going to wear and what you just “ might want to wear sometime.” We all have those and I completely get that it’s hard to let go of these things, but really it needs to be done. This is where having decided your look before you start is helpful. Then you don’t think about how you’d wear it, as much as you think about how it fits into your look.

This is what did not make the cut!

Once you go through everything, then it’s time to put things away. This is my favorite part! Not only because my room/ bed is a mess now but because it’s exciting to see the things that made the cut going into their new homes. The way that I organized it is to have all my t-shirts upfront, and color coded. These are the base of just about all my outfits so that’s where I need to start. Then I have all my long sleeves and cover ups, color coded. This makes it really easy to build an outfit.

Part of my goal was to have almost all my wardrobe in my closet, and I did it!! The only things not in my closet are undergarments and tank tops. It’s important to note that I do have a hanging shelf unit in my closet. I use it for comfy clothes, and bottoms. I also moved all my pullover hoodies into a tub that can fit under the bed. This way they are still easy to get to but their bulkiness isn’t taking up valuable space.

When we move I won’t be able to use my dresser, very sad but it takes up a lot of space. My dresser was one of my first big makeover projects and I think it came out pretty amazing. I will definitely be sad not to have it but it’ll be temporary, and I’m sure it’ll be so great when I do get to get it back out and use it again.

There it is!! My wardrobe reduction!! Have any of you been thinking about reducing your clothing clutter? I would love to see your “look.” Would you be interested in a building your wardrobe post? I hope you liked this post please subscribe and share. Have a great weekend, I’ll see you monday with a new Keto recipe! As always Live Crazed!!

Keto: Cheat Day Evolution

Good morning all! Welcome to another wonderful Wednesday!!

I am definitely working very hard to stay on the positive side of things. And as other women can I’m sure, back me up in saying: there is a time of month when this is a very hard thing to do. Especially if you’re getting used to the keto diet. Idk about you guys but I want everything processed and terrible while suffering from my red plague (or lady time, period whatever you like to call it.)

This is the the time that I save my cheat day for. While trying to lose weight it really is best to limit your cheat days especially if you are going to have carbs. I am working my way towards having keto focused cheat days but I’m not quite there yet.

And that’s ok!!

Everything does not have to be instant. Yes we would like it to be but realistically if you want something to last it’s most likely going to take some time. When I started out with Keto my cheat days were pretty crazy and it definitely took a long time to recover from it. Also it would make me feel not great for a couple days while I got back on track.

My favorite cheat meal was honey BBQ boneless wings from pizza hut. Which are 132 carbs per 10 pieces!!! Oh my goodness gracious that is a lot. And of course that’s not all I’d have either. Sometimes I’d also have chips and ice cream because well I didn’t feel well and it was my cheat day. After two months of this i realized that this really wasn’t good. So I found a different way to go about it.

I started making my own BBQ chicken bites. Just cubed chicken cooked then covered in BBQ sauce. I’m on the hunt for a better more keto friendly BBQ sauce. As of right now the sauce I use is 14 carbs per 2 TBSP. Much better than 132. This helped me move my Cheat day carb count from 200-300 to around 50. I still very much enjoy myself but I don’t feel as crummy after and it doesn’t take as long to get back into ketosis.

Another thing I changed is I went from having chips and Ice cream to having one or the other. My favorite chips are Kettle brand salt and vinegar. So far i haven’t found a keto replacement for salt and vinegar chips. I did find a better ice cream though. Halo Top! So good! They use erythritol instead of sugar so much more keto friendly. I’ve only had a few flavors but they’ve been tasty.

These are my cheat day essentials! Other than these things I keep it Keto the rest of the day. This way I tend to feel better, stomach wise and guilt wise. Which is another important point, be aware that you are going to have cheat days. That’s ok! Just be aware and don’t let it derail your efforts. Remember why you’re doing this, whether it’s to lose weight, for medical reasons, or just because you want to live a healthier lifestyle that’s not ruled by sugar. Forgive yourself, you need to have a healthy relationship with yourself if you want to have a lasting healthy lifestyle.

There it is my Keto Cheat Day! It’s still a work in process but that’s ok! I’m learning more about myself and growing into a more confident and healthy women! How do you guys do cheat days? How often, and how do you feel after? I’d love to hear from you! Also Follow my blog to be notified about new Crazy posts. As always my lovely loons, life’s too short for boring sanity, Live Crazed.