More room for easier and better choices

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Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.

Day: 3

Product: How does your closet look? Do you ever find yourself:

  • Standing dumbfounded in front of it thinking, “I have nothing to wear.”?
  • Lose clothes that you actually want and like to wear amid the tangle of those you don’t?
  • Faced with outfits that you like but somehow never wear?
  • Cleaning out your closet for a Goodwill donation and grab a shirt that still has the tag on it?

If you answered “yes” to any of those—you need to buy less clothes. Can you imagine how easy Steve Job’s morning routine was? This news anchor also pulled off the very limited closet to no one’s chagrin.

“But what about women?! Even the news anchor story pointed out that women are a different story.” Yes and Yes.

Yes women who embrace femininity will want more clothes than men (and will be expected to wear more.)

And yes, women are much more prone to overbuy for their wardwrobe– I’m sure you can pare down. Being a woman is no excuse.

Have you ever heard of the 80-20 rule? It’s also knows as the Pareto principle, “principle of factor sparsity” and the “law of the vital few.” It’s a rule of thumb in business that basically says that 80% of the value will come from 20% of the content. We can apply it to our lives. 80% of your everyday warewrobe is comprised of 20% of your clothes.

That poor headless lady bought too many clothes that she's too pooped to carry them.

That poor headless lady bought so many clothes that she’s too pooped to carry them any further.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we only bought clothes that we could really wear? Think of this when you’re contemplating that next clothing purchase. Only buy that 20%. We can all do with 80% less whether you have a man’s or woman’s wardwrobe.

Reason to buy less: If you never have it, you never have to put it away!

Suggestion: Stores love it when you impulse shop. Is there a better way to snag you one last time than in the checkout lines? You’re more prone to impulse shopping at that point. So put your blinders on. By the time you get to the checkout lane you’ve already got what you needed. You don’t need any more!

Let me remind you that everything there is either junk food or junk products. Nothing of any value is there anyway. Don’t let them get you buying even one more than you need.

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/16478858@N00/526454690″>Summer Collection</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

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