How to Not Wear Your Pajamas All Day

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I spend the majority of my days in pajamas. I like to credit this to the fact that I'm a new mom, but the truth is, it's because I work from home three days a week. If I'm not leaving my house, the odds of me getting dressed are very slim. Well, they were very slim until I recently discovered a few secrets to getting dressed every day.

By no means do I look like a Barbizon model, but if I do say so myself, I'm looking a lot less ... shitty these days. My husband even commented the other day. And I have to admit: It feels pretty damn good changing into pajamas before I go to bed at night as opposed to just ... getting into bed.

Here are 5 tips that make it impossible to stay in your pajamas all day. Stay-at-home moms, and moms who work from home, take note!

1. Get rid of a lot of your pajamas. Full disclosure: I'm in the midst of a mass clothing exodus right now -- and the 754 pairs of sweatpants and pajama pants are not exempt. I realized recently that I have way too many pairs of pajamas -- or clothes that have turned into pajamas. I'm getting rid of them. My goal is to only possess about 3-4 bottom/top combos to wear to bed. The way I see it -- if you only have a select few articles of clothing reserved for sleep, you'll be less likely to to wear them to ... not sleep.

2. Get dressed right away. You know how they say if you don't get your workout out of the way first thing in the morning, you're less likely to do it? Same goes for getting dressed. If you've put it off until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, you kind of start feeling like, "What's the point?" Get up and at 'em.

3. Have a reserved space for "comfy, non-pajama clothes." When I say I get dressed, I'm not talking dresses or heels here; I'm talking comfy clothes that are essentially a notch or two above PJs. Right now I'm wearing leggings, a knit top, and a cardigan -- hardly red carpet ready. Anyway, because most likely you won't feel like getting dolled up if you're just sitting at home all day, have a few drawers for your "home clothes" -- leggings, jeggings, button-downs, etc. It'll take away the whole "going through your closet and picking out something to wear" thing, which always kind of sucks.

4. Drop a little cash. Yes, we all have expenses, but once in a while, you need to do something for yourself. If you buy an expensive sweater, you're going to want to wear it -- even if you are just home with the kids all day.

5. Pick out your clothes the night before. Okay, so it sounds a little insane, but if you've got an entire outfit laid out and waiting for you to slip into it, it's pretty much impossible to ignore.

Do you get dressed every day?

 

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handy... handy0318

I'm a SAHM, work-from-home and my kid's homeschool.  Everyone gets dressed everyday.  No, not powersuits or anything, but jeans-n-t's or some other comfortable clothes. Getting up, brushing teeth, washing and getting dressed, just part of the daily routine. I find that it's true with me and both of the kids that if we are dressed when working, we are more focused and concentrated better.

doodledo doodledo

Im a sahm. I shower, apply light makeup, fix my hair and get dressed everyday. If i dont i never feel like i am awake.

nonmember avatar nicole

I wear pj's most of the time because I can. My toddler and baby don't mind.

bingo... bingogurl

If I feel like going around town in my pjs all day, that's my choice - good grief! Some days I get up, take a shower and change from the pjs I slept in to clean pair of comfy pjs and go about my day. If I'm going to the office to work, I'll get dressed, but enough of the focusing on telling moms what they should wear because you don't like seeing other moms comfortable. 

MyToe MyToe

Or, if you get an expensive sweater, you don't want to wear it except for special occasions, because what if it snags on something?  Not everyone knows how to fix something like that.

the4m... the4mutts

I do not get dressed every day. We have 1 lazy day every weekend where NOBODY gets dressed unless we just want to. Depending on how much yard work, cleaning, or whatever I have to do in a day, I dress accordingly. Housework = stay in pjs. Yard work= crappy clothes. Errands = normal clothes. Etc, etc, etc..

mommy... mommybeartoo

How about a cotton leopard spot one-piece?Feels like pajamas, looks civilised The best of both worlds? http://www.funzee.com/funzee-range/wild-funzee

tinyp... tinypossum

I really do not understand this trend of not bothering to get dressed every day, and particularly going out in public in one's pajamas. It's the ultimate in laziness and shows a lack of respect for ones self and everyone else around you. It isn't that hard to put on a pair of jeans, a shirt, brush your hair and your teeth, and take a bath once in awhile. Someone who schlumps through the grocery store in flannel pajama pants, no bra, and fuzzy slippers...that's a snapshot of our society going down the toilet. 

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