Why You Need to Try Yoga

meditation-609235_1280Today’s post is by Anna Jewell, a yogi living in the Triangle, NC. Enjoy!

Have you driven by a yoga studio on your way to work and wondered what this yoga thing is all about? More and more people are experiencing the benefits of yoga, from college athletes to your elderly neighbor.

With the growing popularity of yoga in the west and with classes springing up at every turn, there are some common myths that need to be dispelled. Hopefully, by understanding some of the most common misconceptions, you can feel a greater sense of ease when you take that first step into the studio.

I am not flexible enough for yoga.

Saying that you are not flexible enough for yoga is a bit like saying that you’re too hungry to eat.

While some people have a natural predisposition to flexibility, most people start out feeling more like the tin man than a cirque du solei performer. Nobody walks into their first yoga class loving pigeon pose.

Yoga, unlike many activities in modern society, is not a competition. It is all about allowing yourself to feel good in your body. Give yourself the time and the permission to learn the poses and modify them when you need to.

Yoga is a religion.

Yoga translates to “yolk” or “oneness” and aims to connect your body, mind and spirit. While yoga will make you more aware of yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually, it is not it’s own religion.

There are links to buddhism in yoga, that does not mean you will be hearing strictly buddhist teachings in your yoga class. Even if you run into things that you disagree with, there is always a way to mold the teachings you hear into something that aligns with your beliefs.

The wonderful thing about yoga is that it meets you where you are. If you are looking to lose weight and get in shape, there are plenty of classes that cater to the physicality of the practice. If you are looking to start a meditation practice and learn more about yoga philosophy, there will be classes that will help guide students on that path as well. The key to enjoying your yoga practice is finding the style that feels most appropriate to you.

I tried chaturanga once and could not do it.

Have you ever found yourself in twisted and sweaty pile, not knowing your foot from your shoulder while everyone else was gracefully balanced in handstand? While yoga is for everybody, not every class is appropriate for everyone.

There are so many styles and teachers and levels of yoga that you are bound to find one that works for you. Keep trying different styles and teachers and classes and find the one that resonates with you. It is common to walk into a class and feel intimidated. If you tried one class and felt overwhelmed by the poses, know that yoga takes consistent practice and that the more classes you do, the more familiar the poses will become.

If you are new to the practice, find a studio that offers an intro class, workshop or series. Find a studio and teacher you feel comfortable with and know that if you do not click with them, there are unlimited other options out there.

I need at least an hour to reap the benefits.

While an hour or more of practice is ideal, you can reap the benefits even from just  five to ten minutes on your mat, or in your office chair, for that matter.

If you cannot get in to a class, take a few minutes to run through some of your favorite poses or even just close your eyes and take a few deep breaths in and out through your nose. There are many different ways to fit yoga into your life, even with the busiest of schedules.

Yoga will heal your injuries.

Many people walk into a yoga class on the recommendation of their doctor. While it is so wonderful to see doctors recognizing the benefits of yoga, you have to be careful which class you are walking into. For example, if you are rehabilitating a shoulder injury, stepping in to a vinyasa class where you will be on your hands for a large portion of class can do more harm than good.

While we tend to think of yoga as a cure all, if done incorrectly, yoga can exacerbate and even cause injuries. If you are looking for a class to help with a specific injury, do your research. Read articles, find reviews, talk to the instructors and let them know what you have going on. Find someone with a strong understanding of the body and if you do not feel comfortable with any particular teacher, never feel pressured to attend their class.

No matter what injuries you are working with, you will be able to find a class be it an athletic vinyasa class or a relaxing restorative class.

Yoga is just stretching.

With so many different styles and levels of yoga, you are bound to find one that you love. Some people come to a yoga practice looking to be challenged in an athletic flow. Some people come to a yoga practice looking for a healing and meditative class. Some people want a little of both or just want to experiment because they heard yoga might help them feel better. While a few types of yoga are primarily stretching, many other styles will absolutely challenge your comfort zone.

Identify what it is that you are looking to get from a yoga class and then do some research on the different styles. Whether you are an athlete, couch potato or weekend warrior, there are plenty of classes that will help you find ease, strength and functionality within your life.

I cannot afford a $15 drop in rate.

It is no surprise that yoga can be a little pricey. For many, finding a teacher and class they love is well worth the cost but for many others, it is just is not an option.

Thankfully, with yoga growing in popularity, it is becoming more widely available. Many yoga stores and organizations will offer free community classes on a weekly or months basis.

There are many websites that allow you to stream full length classes for less than twenty dollars a month.

Many times, studios will even offer discounts for students, teachers, military and certain local corporations. There are unlimited books and DVDs available as well but if you are new to the practice, it is helpful to attend at least a few classes so you can have a teacher help you with your alignment.

Now, are you going to try yoga?

5 Ways To Lose Weight

5 Ways To Lose WeightAre you struggling to lose weight? Have you tried all sorts of diets and extreme exercise regimes, only to give up and dive back into damaging lifestyle choices? The weight loss journey is a difficult one, especially if you’ve been trying for years. Read on for 5 solutions you could try to lose weight.

1. Don’t Stop Eating!

This might sound counterproductive, but you shouldn’t stop eating if you’re trying to lose weight. If you restrict yourself to eating only a handful of celery sticks and a couple of nuts, chances are you’ll not only feel tired and unhappy, but your body will start gaining weight. When your body is deprived of nutrients, it develops a defence mechanism to prevent starvation. This means that when you do eat something, your body will store the food away as fat.

The best diet to live by is one that promotes eating an abundance of healthy food. Think leafy greens, superfoods, clean meats and delicious smoothies. It’s important to eat a variety of these foods regularly throughout the day. Try keeping a container of nuts in your bag or on your desk at work so you aren’t tempted to reach for a chocolate bar instead.

2. Follow a Regular Exercise Routine

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s vital that you follow a regular and fun exercise routine. While the word ‘fun’ doesn’t sound like a fitting descriptive, it is possible to create an enjoyable regime around your own interests and hobbies. Those who love the outdoors could go for a run at their local park or along the beach. If you love dancing, you could do this more often throughout the week as part of your exercise regime. High-intensity workouts, like sprints, are also important in moving stubborn fatty areas. If you can, invest in a gym buddy and do some weights, or sign up for that kick-boxing class you’ve been dying to try.

3. Seek Extra Help If Needed

If you’ve been dedicated to a workout regime, eaten healthily and lost a lot of weight, you can sometimes be stuck with excess skin and areas that don’t want to budge. This can be extremely frustrating if you still feel uncomfortable after working hard for the body you’ve always wanted. Specialist clinics like Cosmetic Surgery for Women can help with procedures like abdominoplasty, which is also known as a tummy tuck. These surgeries focus on the removal of loose skin and stubborn fat deposits to tighten the area and repair any muscles weakened during pregnancy. It is vital to understand that while these surgeries help, you should still live by a healthy diet and exercise regime.

4. Get Plenty of Sleep

A lack of sleep can greatly contribute to weight gain. If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, you’re more likely to skip planned workouts. Your stress levels can also run higher, making it even easier to gulp down greasy takeaway and sugary treats. If you can achieve around 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, you’ll be in a better position to lose weight.

5. Find a Support System

Don’t go through your weight loss journey alone. Find a trusted group of people and work together to become healthier and happier. The whole process is likely to become a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable.

If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t give up. While it can be daunting, eating healthier and exercising regularly will make you feel more invigorated to live life to its full potential.

3 Chest Exercises That You Should Be Doing

3 Chest Exercises That You Should Be DoingIf you have a chest,which all humans do, then you should be making sure you include it in your strength program. Regardless of your gender, age or profession, a strong chest helps with posture and balances out your development in both a functional and aesthetic way. Are you just starting out in the fitness scene and feeling a bit unsure about what movements you should incorporate into your fitness program? Check out these chest essentials to get you going.

Dumbbell Bench Press

While the barbell bench press is the traditional go-to chest exercise, the dumbbell bench press offers some extra benefits. The dumbbell press utilises a very similar technique to the barbell bench press, but it is slightly more difficult due to the necessity to stabilise each arm. That generally means the capacity to lift large amounts of weight decreases, but you’ll find that by including this press into your program, your overall ability to bench press will increase. Not only that, but you’ll be able to address individual arm imbalances – with a barbell, one arm may compensate for the other, but when you separate the weight out, there’s nowhere for different sides to hide.

To perform this move, lie on a bench (or a fitball) and grasp suitable dumbbells. Lower the dumbbells down until they are level with your chest – your upper arms should be at an angle down from your body. Then use your chest to raise the dumbbells until your arms are perpendicular to your body, but try and prevent the weights from crashing together at the top.

Chest Fly

The chest fly is best performed with light weights and controlled movements – this is not a move designed to boost your ego. The action itself stretches out your chest and then utilises a powerful contraction to help shape and strengthen the pectoral muscles.

To do a chest fly, lie on a bench (once again, you can use a fitball instead) and extend your weights to be above your body. Keep a slight bend in the elbow and lower the weights down until your arms stick out from your body. You can stop when they are level with the rest of you, or you can let them go a bit lower if you have good mobility and a controlled action. Then squeeze your chest to raise your arms back to the starting position, ensuring a strong contraction throughout the movement.


Push-ups are the all-rounder of the chest workout world. Let’s break it down: you can do them anywhere, you can scale them for difficulty, they target multiple muscles groups while integrating the core and there are several different versions you can try. The push-up is super versatile and perfect to use to superset any weighted work for that extra burn.

To perform a push-up, assume a plank position, with your hands underneath your shoulders. Keep your core strong to stop your body from sagging or bending and lower your chest to the ground by bending at the elbows. Once your chest touches or comes very close to touching the ground, use your chest and arms to push your body back to the original position.

The beauty about these movements is that they are easy to do with minimal (or no) equipment. You can pick up basic fitness equipment from experts that live and breathe fitness, like the team at Fitness Market.

What’s your favorite chest exercise? How do you incorporate it into your training program?

My Avocado Toast Recipe



1 small-medium ripe avocado

Garlic salt



Pick a slightly soft avocado, one that has some ‘give’ when you squeeze it (gently!) Cut it in half, remove the pit, and use a spoon to scoop out the green flesh of each half into a bowl.

Mix in a bowl with garlic salt to taste.  I prefer it to be a creamier consistency, so I usually smooth out the chunks really well.

Spread onto two slices of bread – I usually use 12-grain or oatmeal, as I like the texture that the seeds/nuts add.

Dust some paprika on top and you’re done!

Avocado toast is super simple and one of my breakfast go-tos.  I find that it fills me up until lunch time without making me feel bloated or like I overate.  I pair it with a cup of fresh Gevalia coffee and it literally is divine.

Avocados are great for you.  They are chock full of 20+ vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and good (monounsaturated) fats.

If you’re feeling adventurous and have these items in the fridge, sliced tomatoes and/or a fried egg on top are great add-ons.


Should You Consider Decreasing Your Dairy Intake?

dairyI’m always on the lookout to improve my diet. I eat pretty healthy but there are definitely days where I only consume carbs. (I <3 you bread!) I’m in the later half of my 20’s now and I am noticing that my body is going through some changes., the biggest of which by far has been how my body deals with dairy.

I’ve never had a problem with dairy before. Growing up I guzzled milk and ate cheese, ice cream and all other sorts of delicious dairy treats with abandon. Now that I’m all grown up and my body is aging a bit it’s a different story. I get sharp stomach pains when I eat too much dairy and often get very bloated. Most of the adults on both sides of my family are lactose intolerant and I’m pretty sure I’m following in their footsteps.

While there are pills I can take to digest dairy I’ve decided to use this as an opportunity to educate myself about dairy consumption and if it’s actually good for you to eat. Dairy is in a lot of food in a lot of different forms. Whey, cheese powder, and milk proteins are really common in packaged foods and restaurants love to smother things in cheese. It’s everywhere! And is it really the best way to get calcium and build bone strength?

Turns out, no, dairy is not the best way of getting calcium into your system or to protect bones. Dairy products contain a lot of fat and cholesterol and a few unnecessary chemicals, all of which you don’t need to be consuming.

So what are those chemicals I just mentioned? We know our modern day food is more processed and treated with more chemicals than previously in history. Dairy is no exception. It can contain steroids, fertilizers, hormones and other chemicals. It makes sense when you get over your shock right? Animals today are treated with a lot of hormones and steroids and are eating food and grass that has also been chemically treated. Those chemicals end up in our dairy products.

It’s also estimated that 70% of the entire world is lactose intolerant! Common symptoms are bloating, gas, stomach pains, rashes or problems breathing. If you feel these after eating dairy or find that they are a constant part of your daily life you should look into eliminating dairy.

Going dairy free or even just easing up on the cheese train is pretty easy to do. I switched out my cow milk for soy or almond milk a few years ago. I know some people swear by coconut, hemp and rice milk as well! There are also dairy free cheese available at most major grocery stores today and vegan products are also widely available. Since a vegan consumes no animal or animal product you can be assured that anything labeled vegan will be dairy free.

But wait Kara! What about my bones? I don’t want osteoporosis when I’m older. I need that dairy calcium! Maybe you don’t actually. Calcium is found naturally in vegetables like kale and broccoli, avocado, brussels sprouts, almonds, and whole grains. Lots of companies also now fortify their products with calcium so you can find it all over the place! A quick search on Google will show you a million other sources of calcium besides dairy.

Another important way to build bone strength is to exercise. Bone strength and density is built when you put stress on your bones. They build resistance to the stress and thus strength! So mix in some weight lifting, jogging and interval training to help your bones get and stay strong.


The Perfect Summer Date Outfit

Af0sF2OS5S5gatqrKzVP_SilhoutteSummer nights have a sort of magic about them. There’s an energy in the air that carries excitement in it. It makes for the perfect dating season in my opinion.

Love is in the summer air! Don’t we all want to look our best on date nights? It doesn’t matter if you’ve been together forever or are stepping out together for the first time- you want to look nice when you’re on a date.

How to find that perfect summer date outfit? Of course everyone has their own style. You should personalize your look however you want and let your personality shine through your clothing. In the summer heat you want to be comfortable, able to move and feeling good.

For my time and money, here is one of two perfect date night outfits: strappy sandals, white jean shorts, a button down top, and one piece of jewelry (dealer’s choice on that piece!)

Summer Date Outfit

I can hear some of you thinking ‘that’s a little casual for date night isn’t it?’ Yes, it is a little casual. Summer is a casual season though.

In most of the world summer is too hot to wear more formal fabrics like wool or cashmere. Fabrics like linen or cotton are what’s in right now. The same goes for the color palette- summer is all neons or pastels. Darker, more somber colors are reserved for winter time. You can get away with pink shorts in the summer. Pink pants in the winter will definitely turn a lot of heads!

This outfit is also appropriate for a lot of different venues. Concerts, casual dinners, a picnic in the park, a stroll along city streets…this outfit works for them all. If you didn’t plan the date you want to be ready for whatever your date may have in store for you.

Strappy sandals are a step up from flip flops. Lots of them come with some sort of embellishment, making your shoes dressier and more of a statement piece than something like simple black ballet flats. Sandals are also seasonal. You want to wear them while you can! Show off the pedicure you gave yourself this week and rock your strappy sandals proudly.

White jean shorts are my absolute favorite. They look good on almost every skin type and especially so during the summer when most people have a bit of a tan going on. White shorts definitely have a short shelf life so get the most use out of them while you can! White denim shorts are also a really easy way to deviate from the repetitive blue jean short vortex most people seem to be trapped in. Yet they still provide the same comfort and fit of denim. They stand out while keeping you comfortable.

I love the look of a button down. It’s classic, chic and comfortable. The summer trifecta! Chambray shirts are always popular but for date night I prefer something a little bolder than that. I would go with a patterned or bright summer color top for date night. I have a bright red button down I love that brings out the color in my cheeks and looks great with red lipstick. Leave the top few buttons undone (wear a cami underneath for full coverage!) Always roll up the sleeves too.

I like to roll up my sleeves on a button down for more polished look and to give some space for my jewelry choice: bracelets. God help me, I love bracelets. I have a few in various sizes that I like to stack and I have some bangles that I bust out when I want to feel like an 80’s rock star. I like that bracelets rarely get in the way and can really dress up an outfit with minimum effort.

For other the jewelry might be a necklace or earrings. Whatever you decide to wear is fine but be judicious in your choice. You don’t want to wear too much jewelry, which is always a fashion don’t. Find pieces your comfortable with and that compliment the entire outfit.

If you need something a little more chic or something a little more ‘you’ never fear: I have the solution. The Little Black Dress.

Black Dress

A staple in everyone’s wardrobe, the LBD is perfect for every occasion. I think it presents the perfect opportunity for customization. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on your mood or what date night is going to entail. With a well fitted and solid color dress like an LBD you can personalize your outfit in other ways. I’m a fan of a statement necklace with an LBD but follow your own bliss!

The great thing is, everything goes with your little black dress. Funky statement jewelry or a slim gold necklace work equally well. High heels or combat boots both match. Let your dress be your launch pad to creating an entire look you feel comfortable and happy in. If you feel good you look good!

5 Tips For Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

baby-22194_1280Getting a good night’s sleep is important, both for your well-being, and in some cases, the well-being of those around you. Most people tend to get cranky and grouchy if they are tired and haven’t had enough sleep. A lack of sleep, whether it be in quality or quantity, can begin to have serious effects on your health, especially as you grow older. If you don’t think you’re sleeping too well at the moment, read on for some handy tips.


One of the easiest ways to fall asleep fast and stay asleep is to be as comfortable as possible. This usually means evaluating the comfort levels of your mattress and your pillows. Wool pillows, in particular, are great as you can use them all year round with no trouble at all. If you think your bed might need a revamp, bedding specialists such as MiniJumbuk can find the perfect combination for you.

Limit Technology Use

The light that is emitted from screens – whether it is from the television, your laptop or your phone – can prevent your brain from switching off properly when you decide that it is time to sleep. Try to limit your use of technology half an hour to an hour before you go to bed, and you will find yourself falling asleep faster and sleeping better.

Eat Well

Your diet is very important when it comes to sleep. Make sure you have eaten enough, but not so much that you feel stuffed. Stick to healthy foods if you can, as you don’t want to be waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Consider limiting your intake of alcohol and caffeine at night as well, as these can also have disruptive effects.

Sleep Schedule

Developing a sleep schedule is a good way to keep your body and your sleep cycle on track. Plan a time every night to go to sleep, and a time to wake up in the morning. It might take your body a little while to adjust to the schedule, but you will be able to see the benefits of such a plan in a reasonably short amount of time.


If you are relaxed, you are more likely to fall asleep and also stay asleep. Find an activity that relaxes you and do that just before you go to sleep. It might be as simple as a bath or reading a book – everyone has different interests and quirks, so find what works best for you.

Getting enough sleep will make you happier, calmer and will give you the energy to do more things in your day. These tips are just some suggestions for ways you might be able to get a better night’s sleep. Remember that what works for one person might not be suitable for you, so it never hurts to do more research and some experimenting until you find something that clicks.

What are your tips for getting a good night’s sleep? What do you find works for you and what doesn’t?

Struggling to Stay Awake During the Day? Here Are 3 Tips to Help

sleep-264475_1280You snooze, you lose – especially if you’re getting your Z’s during the day when you’re not supposed to!

Do you struggle to stay awake during the day? Whether you had a big party or an inadequate sleep the night before, staying awake during a long day can be tough if your body isn’t feeling rested and refreshed. If you are finding it hard to stay awake for the majority of the day, there are many tricks you can adopt that can help you to stay alert. Here are three of them.

1. Sleep Better During the Night

To stay alert and aware during the day, you need to sleep well at night. The solution for you really might be as simple as improving your nightly slumber. The best way to sleep better is to invest in a proper mattress. A good mattress can make all the difference in your sleeping habits and level of comfort. For a wide range of mattress choices, browse a store like Sleepy’s that houses multiple styles and brands. Once you have a suitable mattress for your body and sleep style, you will find yourself more relaxed and falling asleep more easily.

2. Stimulate Your Senses

During the day, you can keep yourself alert by constantly stimulating your senses. Drink water, suck on mints, eat snacks, look out the window, tap your feet on the floor, clap your hands together to keep your hands active, and take a walk and breathe in fresh air. Stimulating your senses keeps you from falling into a lull of activity by staying too stationary. If you are alert at all times, you are less likely to succumb to dreariness and fall asleep. Depending on your daily routine and patterns, try different things each day so that your body is forced to remain active.

3. Change up Your Daily Patterns

Change up your daily patterns slightly so that your body does not get too used to a routine. If you stick too much to a routine during the day, you might find yourself going into autopilot mode, which makes it all too easy to nod off unexpectedly. If you change your daily patterns by moving around the office, taking a shower first thing in the morning, eating breakfast a little bit later, exercising earlier in the day, going for an afternoon walk, and so on, you are not allowing your body time to realize it is fatigued. Staying active during the day is also a good way to boost your energy levels over a longer period. Higher energy levels will help you to stay alert without tricking your body into being alert.

There are many ways to keep yourself awake during the day. Some are quick fixes that do not require much effort, while others involve a longer approach that you can adopt over time to keep yourself from feeling chronic drowsiness altogether.

What are your best tips for staying awake during the day?

Drug Free Ways to Help with Depression

sad-505857_1280Depression can be a debilitating condition, making the sufferer feel like everything is pointless, and drained of all energy and motivation. Depression can make it hard to live a normal life, as simply getting out of bed can become an almost Herculean effort, making holding down a job or a social life impossible. Depression is also quite common, with around one in four adults experiencing it at some point in their lives. It can also affect teens and children.

Medication – and its Drawbacks

The most common treatment for depression is with drugs that increase uptake of a naturally produced chemical called serotonin. Antidepressant drugs such as Prozac have been used to successfully help patients with depression for decades, however they do have some downsides. They take a while to work, with most people’s symptoms not being alleviated in the first two weeks of treatment. They can also cause some troublesome side effects, one being anxiety – which can be a real problem given that many people with depression already experience anxiety.

While not addictive, patients worry that they will have to continue taking the medicines to control their moods and prevent depression from coming back, which can also lead to a psychological fear of coming off the drug, even though for most people depression is not chronic so lifelong medication would not be required. Additionally, getting antidepressants means seeing a doctor, and not all people with depression can face doing this or can afford to.

Drug Free Options

There are proven ways to fight depression without taking medication, whether prescription drugs like Prozac or natural remedies like St John’s Wort. Some of these the sufferer can do themselves, whereas others require professional help. The most effective are:

  • Lifestyle changes – Giving up alcohol and getting regular exercise has been shown to alleviate depression.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This is a form of psychological treatment that does not involve drugs and is used to battle depression as well as other things like anxiety and phobias.
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – A specialist non invasive, drug free treatment offered by clinics like Smart Brain and Health that stimulates areas of the brain and has been shown to fight depression.

These options don’t have any side effects but do require some effort from the patient, so you have to be really willing to fight your depression yourself and put in the work in order for them to work.

What to Do if You Have Depression

If you are currently suffering from depression and are ready to take action, it is worth considering trying the simplest options (changing your diet and getting more exercise) first. These cost nothing and you can do them by yourself. If that alone isn’t enough to pull you out of depression, you can either talk to your doctor about medication, or look at other drug free approaches like TMS and CBT, which you should also consult your doctor about.

Depression is not uncommon, but most people do beat it and go on to live happier lives.

10 Ways to Organize Your Closet

dresses-816033_1280Is your closet a disaster resembling a war-zone? Mine used to be, but now that I’ve started a capsule wardrobe, it’s organized all the time simply due to the lack of clutter.

If you aren’t quite ready for the leap to a capsule wardrobe, perhaps you could try one of these # ways to organize your closet instead.

  1. Declutter – Even if you don’t get your clothes narrowed down to a capsule wardrobe, you should still declutter things that are ripped, stained, or torn, along with things that don’t fit or you don’t like or wear.
  2. Install Shelving, Hanging Bars, or Hooks – My closet had a terrible set up when I moved into my house. One of the first things I added to my to-do list for my house was to make over my closet. Adding shelves, additional or sturdier hanging bars and hooks will automatically make it easier for you to put clothes away instead of on the floor.
  3. Take Advantage of Hard-to-Reach Places – Use hard to reach places, like way up high or deep in the back of your closet to store things you don’t need to get to very often.
  4. Get Matching Hangers – As soon as I get my closet system replaced later this year, I’m going to invest in a good set of hangers. Quality hangers take up less room and hold your clothes in place so they don’t slip off onto the floor never to be seen again.
  5. Store Shoes Differently – Instead of letting your shoes take up all the floor space in your closet, store them in cubbies or on shelves so you can easily walk into an walk-in closet.
  6. Upgrade Lighting – Adding extra lights in your closet will help you to see what you have so you can utilize everything you own.
  7. Remove Closet Doors – Taking off your closet door will motivate you to keep your closet clean. Plus if you have a small bedroom, having a curtain or empty door frame will decrease the amount of space needed to go in and out of your closet since you won’t have a door to swing.
  8. Store Out of Season Clothes Elsewhere – Instead of leaving your whole wardrobe hanging in the closet year-round, store off season clothing in containers under the bed, in the attic, or even on a high shelf in the closet if you have room to spare.
  9. Keep Outerwear Elsewhere – Bulky coats, scarves and gloves take up a lot of room in your bedroom closet. If you have a coat closet, consider storing them there instead.
  10. Organize Clothing Differently – Consider subscribing to the clothing organization system of flipping your hangers to see what you wear. This is just one method of storing your clothes differently so you can see what you wear and what needs to go.

Organizing your closet doesn’t have to be a chore, it can actually be a fun project to tackle. Plus you’ll have a much easier time getting dressed in the mornings when your closet isn’t a disaster.

How do you organize your closet?