Welcome to Day 19 of our series, From Chaos to Calm: 15 Weeks to a Happy Home. Today’s post is really for all you stay-at-home moms and housewives. I’m talking about why it’s important to get dressed for the day even when you’re spending your days at home.
From Chaos to Calm: Day Nineteen
Dress for Success
Scripture Memory: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When you’re a homemaker, it can be easy to stay in your pajamas all day and not get dressed. After all, you’re at home and no one is going to see you, right?
It’s not uncommon for stay-at-home moms or wives to struggle with taking care of their appearance. They don’t have anywhere to go – don’t plan to be seen in public—so they grab the most comfortable pieces from their wardrobe to wear during the day.
Perhaps, they stay in their pajamas unless they have to leave the house or simply throw on a pair of old yoga pants and a t-shirt. Hair in a ponytail or messy bun and voila—mom is ready for the day. Or is she?
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, homeschooling mom, or stay-at-home wife, getting dressed each day will help you be more intentional in your homemaking.
I admit I love my comfy pajamas and there are days, especially in the cold of winter when I want my fleece jammies on all day just to stay warm! It’s okay to have “lazy days” every now and then. Mothers everywhere need them!
However, if you routinely stay in your “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing this in public” outfit on a regular daily basis, you are undermining your own success at home!
Just because you stay at home does not mean your job—child-rearing and homemaking—is any less important than your husband’s job in the workplace. Each morning, if you take a shower, get dressed, put on a little makeup, and even take the time to style your hair, you will feel different about yourself and your life.
Women feel better when they look put together! Get dressed after a few days of looking unkempt and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
In the past I’ve definitely worn a ponytail much too often – I’m not talking about a styled ponytail either. I had very long hair for many years – especially when my children were younger. Long hair does not go hand in hand with housework. Just imagine bending over the toilet to clean it with near waist-length hair.
A few months ago I cut my hair to just below my shoulders and put some layers in. Most days I curl my hair and I definitely feel more put together.
I also like to wear comfy clothes. I mean, why be miserable all day, right? But there is a way to be comfortable and still look good!
Stitch Fix has done wonders for my wardrobe. I’m not naturally good at putting together an outfit. I honestly really struggle with it! I’ve been using Stitch Fix for a couple of years from now and purchase almost all of my new clothes from them. It has made such a difference in my daily appearance!
related: Start Your Day by Getting Dressed | Dressing for the Job of Homemaking
4 Reasons Getting Dressed is Important
Believe it or not, getting dressed every day can actually make you more productive. Here are four reasons why it’s important for homemakers to get dressed every day:
#1 You’ll Feel More Motivated
Getting dressed every day can help you feel more motivated and inspired to get things done. When you’re in your pajamas, it’s easy to just lounge around all day and not accomplish anything. But when you’re dressed in something that makes you feel good, you’ll be more likely to take action and get things done.
#2 You’ll Be More Productive
Getting dressed every day can help you stay organized and on top of your game. When you’re in pajamas, it’s easy to just move slowly and not really have a plan for the day. But when you’re dressed, you’ll be more likely to stick to a routine and get things done in an orderly fashion.
#3 You’ll Feel More Confident
Getting dressed every day can help you feel more confident and put together. When you’re in your pajamas all day, it’s easy to feel like a slob. But when you’re dressed nicely, you’ll automatically feel better about yourself and be more likely to take on the day with confidence.
#4 You’ll Be More Active
Getting dressed every day can help you stay healthy and energized. When you’re in your pajamas all day, it’s easy to just lounge around and not get any exercise. But when you’re dressed, you’ll be more likely to move around and get active, which is key for staying healthy and energetic.
Being modest and humble in our dress doesn’t mean being plain or ugly. We can look fashionable without looking overdone or immodest. If you need help with your clothing selections, ask a friend who has good taste to go shopping with you!
Today, think about changes you can make to improve your dress and your outlook on life! Ask God to guide you in your dress. God cares about every little detail of our lives. He cares about each one of our concerns—no matter how insignificant we may believe them to be. He is our friend, our greatest confidant. You can ask Him anything!
Action Steps to Take Today
- Pray and ask God for wisdom when dressing for your day. And if you struggle with feeling motivated to get dressed each day as Him to help you overcome those feelings.
- Work on your mindset when it comes to getting dressed.
- Make a commitment to get dressed every day this week.
- Evaluate the clothes in your closet and discard anything you haven’t worn in the last year.
So next time you’re feeling unmotivated or uninspired, try putting on a nice outfit and see how that changes things. Getting dressed every day can do wonders for your productivity, so don’t skip it!