If a stranger sawThursday, July 25, 2013
Attempting to put clothes away in one of my overflowing dresser drawers the other day, I thought, for the umpteenth time, "I really, really need to clean out my clothes. If a stranger saw these drawers they'd think I'm a total packrat."
If a stranger saw...
That got me thinking: If a stranger saw different elements of your life - inside your purse, the trunk of your car, what's in your fridge, what's in your closet - what would they think of you? What would their first impression be? Would it be accurate, or way off base?
Here's what I think a stranger would assume if they got a peek...
in my day planner: they'd think I was anal, organized, and very, very busy. I write down every single task I have to do every day and cross it off with a coloured pen when it's complete. It's the only way I can manage my time.
in my purse: I have two cell phones - one for work and an old one I'm still paying for so I haven't bothered to deactivate the number, because I like paying unnecessary monthly bills, it's cool. So they'd probably assume I'm very busy and important. Truth is I use the old phone to text my family and that's it. I also have about a six years' supply of tampons on me at all times, so they'd think I'm perpetually menstruating. BE PREPARED, I say. Who's not gonna have to Girl Scout an emergency pad out of TP? This girl.
in my closet: I think people would guess I'm a lot more fashionable than I am. I have lots of pairs of high heels but I rarely wear most of them any more. Ditto dress-up clothes - for the number of formal events I actually go to there are a lot of dresses hanging in the closet. Most days I wear a shirtdress or skinny pants and a top, and almost always flats.
in my fridge: this is probably the most accurate depiction of me. A little messy but attempting to be organized. Mostly healthy (lots of fruits, veggies, eggs, greek yogurt) but with a few treats thrown in (ice cream and three-cheese Pizza Pops). And there's usually some booze on hand, because you never know when you might need to toast something.
in my makeup bag: the makeup bag doesn't lie! All that's in there are the essentials I use every day, which probably says that I'm basically doing the bare minimum I need to in order to look semi human, which is totally true. I used to cram in all sorts of eyeshadows and lipsticks and whatnot but spent way too much time rooting around looking for my products every morning. I recommend everybody pare down your makeup bag to just what you use every single day. Put the special-occasion stuff in a basket and store it in the bathroom.
What about you? If a stranger had glimpse at your closet, purse, text history, whatever, what assumptions would they make?