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Three Basic Hygiene Habits

Updated on July 27, 2016

The times have changed and are changing. Gone are the days where women wouldn't dream of leaving the house less than perfect. To some extent this is a good thing, but it leaves the question – how lazy can we be? When is enough enough? I can’t speak for everyone, but I, for one, am sick of seeing people with greasy hair in their PJ's and slippers. In my world there are three things I feel should always be done before leaving the house.

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Hair, teeth, face, and pits.

There is emphasis on the word basic – this is just the beginning when it comes to hygiene. Brush your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face and armpits and put on deodorant. This will only take you about five to eight minutes, tops, and I don’t want to hear excuses. I have really thick, curly hair, and it only takes a few minutes to brush it and put it in a ponytail or bun. A warm wet washrag run over the important parts, and a quick application of deodorant and you’re ready to go. Next step? Make sure your clothes aren't stained!

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Put on a bra and clean clothes.

Take a minute to find something clean to wear, and make sure you have a bra on under that. I shouldn't have to spell the last one out, but from what I've seen I do. I know that there is lots of support for going without a bra, for medical reasons and whatever, but your clothes are not cut for you to be bra-less and clothing doesn’t fit right otherwise. Beyond that, it looks sloppy; we live in a society where people ARE judged by their appearance, and until the point where we become psychic and can judge people on their personality it is important to be neat and presentable. You can buck this fact of life all you want, it isn't going to change anything. If you dress like a slob, you will be treated like a slob.

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Check yourself in the mirror.

This one only takes a second to do, but is probably the most important. This one little step will prevent you from accidentally laving the house in something that’s see through, has a stain, or a plethora of other mishaps. For instance, once accidentally I left the house in a white blouse and black bra. Why? Because I was in a hurry and didn't double check myself in the mirror. Always double check!

In short, how you look does count. These steps are only the bare minimum – depending on your job, where you live, and your social group, there might be more, unspoken, rules to follow (such as whether or not to wear makeup).

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