How To Get Ready Fast!

How to get ready fast and still look gorgeous! In this video I’ll share my top time-saving technique for dressing in no time flat each morning, saving yourself the time and frustration that normally comes with scrambling through your closet each morning. Plus, I also have a few more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds to share with you. Combined, they have a value at just under $200 and could be yours for a fraction of that price at an upcoming trendy trade Clothing Swap Event! (Click image below to play video.)

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If you have a super busy week ahead of you and half your morning routine consists of deciding what to wear, or changing in and out of outfits until half your closet is torn apart, then you’ll want to read on! I will be sharing my secrets for how to get ready fast, dress in no time flat and still look gorgeous!

Life is busy now and we are constantly taking on more, adding more to our plates, trying to please more people all the while promising ourselves that we’ll continue to chase that ever elusive “balance” that we all seek in our lives. When we get busier one of the first things to go is how we take care of ourselves and taking good care of ourselves. So, I want to encourage you with some tips below. I also want to let you know that it is ok to give yourself permission to spend a little time making sure you are ready to head into your day and these tips will help you with that as well.

If you have watched my video on What Is Closet Shopping? then you’ll already have a head start on how to get ready fast, but if you haven’t, no big deal, you can pick it up from here and run with it.

Believe me, I would love nothing more than to slick my hair back and throw on a pair of yoga pants every day (and a lot of days I do!) But for those days when life requires a little bit more from us, here are a few tips:

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #1: Think about your week ahead

The first thing you will want to do is think about your week ahead. Are you going to be in an office? Running errands? Taking care of the kids? If you wear a uniform to work, what is life before and after work like? Just take a few short minutes to think about what the week ahead will hold, so that you can best plan outfits that will go with the activities ahead that week.

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #2: Set an area for staging

Next, set an area for staging. If you have a large wall in your bedroom like a hallway near the closet or even in your closet itself, you could use that for your staging area. If you don’t have a large wall, then the front of your closet is fine, just hang the items on the clothing bar or rod that you already have hanging. Of course, you have to first clear the space in your closet to be able to do that, so if you haven’t already you may want to head over to my video on How To Clean Out Your Closet after reading this.

In your staging area, you are going to want to have hooks on the wall  (if you are using a wall) or ways to attach or group together hangers and different items if you are using the rod in your closet as your staging area. If you look on Pinterest, you’ll see lots of different ideas on how to do this — one of them being pop tabs to attach hangers.

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #3: Select your outfits for the week

So, after you’ve thought about your week ahead and chosen an area for staging, then you are going to want to start selecting your outfits for the week. And set them in order; Mon, Tues, Wed, and so on. Begin with the main item that will be your wardrobe basic and then work around that. So, you’ll want to select the item that you will wear on Monday and put it on the first hook. Then, repeat for each day.

After you have the main piece up, start adding the complimentary wardrobe items and accessories around it. This would be everything, from leggings, jackets and scarves to belts, necklaces, rings and even undergarments. I know this seems excessive, but what it is going to help you do is make sure that you have everything you need as you head into your week and prevent you from having to get halfway dressed and then undressed and starting all over again just because the right undergarment isn’t cleaned or you can’t find the right color leggings. Again, it is going to save you so much time in your week.

How To Get Ready Fast | Tip #4: Have a few backups

So what happens if you get to Thursday and say the outfit you had picked out doesn’t go with how you’re feeling that day? When you are staging, you will also want to have a few backups. I would have two main ones: a nicer outfit and a more casual outfit. This is because even though we might do our best to plan based on what we know will happen that week, but things always come up last minute and it’s really those last minute plans that can make us really have to scramble. So having a dressier backup as well as a casual backup can help take some more of the stress out of your week.

If you get through your week and didn’t need the backups, great! You either have a head start on staging your wardrobe for the next week or you have backups ready all the time.

I know this all seems crazy and like it will take a huge chunk of time to do, but think about this — how much time do you waste each morning trying to put everything together? Now, that time is sectioned off differently in your week as prep time rather than getting ready time. The other huge benefit to this is that it will save you from scrambling through your closet each morning trying to hunt down those leggings or that scarf, or your missing bracelet, and then having to start all over again because you can’t find the final item to complete the outfit you’ve already chosen. So again, I know it seems like it is going to be time consuming to do this, but actually it will save you time and a lot of frustration getting ready in the morning as you take on your week.

This can get a little addicting, so you may become overly ambitious and get carried away and start on a 2nd or 3rd week. If you try any of the tips from this blog or have any questions, be sure to write that in the comments right below. I’d love to hear it!

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We are excited to announce a first for trendy trade clothing swap events as we open up the event to a new city, Sacramento! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. The event is open to all women; space is limited.

Join us for the inaugural trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event coming up Saturday, March 7, 2015. All women are invited to attend. Plus, you can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.


Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! Participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event. Visit our FAQ page for more details on what is accepted into the swap.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through Acres of Hope. To find out more about Acres of Hope, you may visit their website at


Journey Church, located at 9001 Foothills Blvd, Roseville is the backdrop for the next trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event. Just look for the directional signs and follow them into the plaza. Parking is in the parking lot in the front and around the sides of the building. Parking is free. Overflow parking is available on the side street (Niblick Dr.)


Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, register online in advance for this complimentary inaugural event. Register online in advance here.


One of the things we are passionate about is helping women, especially single mothers, both locally and globally. At this trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event, we are proud to have representatives from both Sak Saum and Acres of Hope in attendance. Here is a sneak peek at both organizations and how they help women in need.


Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. Trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum through showcasing their mission and beautiful items available for purchase at our events.

A sampling of Sak Saum's beautiful handmade products available for purchase

A sampling of Sak Saum’s beautiful handmade products available for purchase


Through their faith-based program, Acres of Hope provides a long-term housing option for homeless women with children. Acres’ program helps mothers transition out of destructive cycles and patterns of behavior that have led to homelessness and into whole and healthful living that gives them long-term stability and hope. Trendy trade is proud to support Acres of Hope through our Sacramento area clothing swap events. Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event will be donated directly to meet the needs of mothers at Acres of Hope as they transition back into the workforce. Additional items will also be donated to their local boutique, ReNew.


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