My family loves to tease me about my trip-planning tendencies, particularly my penchant for wardrobe planning. Naturally I figure out well ahead of time exactly what I am going to be wearing for which day and for which activity and for which destination. And I have a schedule all typed up to keep in my suitcase to remind me which swim suit to wear with which swim suit cover-up, and what I will be wearing to dinner on any given evening, AND which pair of shoes will be my best choice. Doesn't everyone do this?
I really can't understand the packing system of "Let's see, I will be there 8 days, I will pack 8 shirts." Come on! Does that really feel adequately prepared? I don't get it.
I once received a compliment that I had "effortless style". This made me chuckle inwardly, because my style is anything but effortless. There is a lot of thought and effort that goes into it, and the fact that it appears effortless means that I have accomplished my goal.
Perhaps I better explain a little further though. Do I do this all the time? Heavens, no! I only do this type of planning when I am going on a trip that requires as effective packing as possible. It is so much easier to only take exactly what I need, based upon the preliminary planning, rather than throwing in a bunch of stuff that I may or may not use that will only take up valuable space.
So you see, my compulsiveness is really due to efficiency. On any other given day I just choose the nearest pair of blue jeans and couple it with a comfortable hoodie sweatshirt. How's THAT for effortless style?