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​The Life-Enhancing Benefits Of Throwing Out Your Clothes

16 days ago

The Life-Enhancing Benefits Of Throwing Out Your Clothes

Decluttering and Marie Kondo’s commandments may or may not change your life, but this minimalist lifestyle is the latest trend that comes from Japan to American homes and around the globe. What are the KonMari steps and how do they apply to a man’s wardrobe? Do your clothes spark joy?

Just to simplify the KonMari method, the main idea is that too much ‘stuff’ is bad. Having stuff weighs you down – it costs money, it takes up space, it takes time to organize, it’s a hassle to move, and it causes stress you wouldn’t have to feel if you didn’t insist on buying all that stuff in the first place.

Some of us know about Marie Kondo from her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. What not too many people know is this book was already published back in 2014. Everyone wants a piece of the KonMari Method in their life. Do you?

Her method for tidying is all about discarding items that lack value. According to this principle, getting rid of your stuff can help you live a freer, happier existence that encourages you to focus only on the important things in life – such as family, health, and life-changing experiences (precarious yoga moves on a cliff, anyone?).

If you’re ready to embrace this uber-cool new way of living then a good place to start your ‘stuff blitz’ is in your wardrobe. Once you spend some time decluttering, you could move into a new different space at home. You may know you need a stuff blitz in your wardrobe when:

  1. 1. You’re holding on to something in case it comes back in fashion
  2. 2. It’s been in and out of fashion three times and you still haven’t worn it
  3. 3. You still have your prom tuxedo and you graduated 10 years ago (and the tuxedo doesn’t fit you anymore)
  4. 4. You’ve started tripling up items on hangers
  5. 5. There are pieces of clothing with price tags on that you can’t remember buying
  6. 6. Your laundry day is more like a long weekend
  7. 7. Your wardrobe doors no longer close
  8. 8. You’re afraid to open the doors of your wardrobe
  9. 9. You’re planning to buy another wardrobe
  10. 10. You’re considering moving to a bigger house to store all your clothes


Start decluttering your wardrobe

The key to Marie Kond’s approach is that when you have a big pile of stuff, you should go item-by-item and consider whether it sparks joy. Yes, it’s a totally new approach to tidying that we’ve never heard before in Western countries.

You need to ask yourself whether everything you own sparks joy, and if any item doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it. Once your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item back. Are you ready? It’s time to get those black bin liners ready and start.

Kondo recommends removing everything from your wardrobes, going through it all one by one, and considering how much joy your possessions brings you (clothes you love and you wear a lot, and make you feel good). You should have a much smaller set of remaining items that you can keep, and another collection of things you wouldn’t miss were they to suddenly disappear. Everything in the second pile either goes in the bin or, if it’s in a reasonable condition, to a charity shop.


Consider how much joy your possessions brings you – Dobell.


We would suggest you divide the clothes that spark joy into two piles again: things you love but you wouldn’t be too sad to give away, and things that you might actually grieve a little if you were to lose them. Do you think you could take the first pile to the charity shop too? Some of these decluttering tips can help you with other rooms in your home too.

Now it’s time to fill in the gaps. Marie Kondo recommends appreciating clothes through touch and use, and advises standing clothes upright to help you recognize this idea. In fact, the way you store your clothes will make all the difference, so try not to make your clothes too hard to reach and even harder to see.

After all, once your clutter-free wardrobe is tidy again, you’ve just chucked away most of your stuff – you’ll need to find something to wear (unless you’re going full-wack minimalist and planning a nudist Thai Chi retreat of course).


Build a Minimalist Men’s Wardrobe

The key to a minimalist wardrobe is ensuring the few pieces you do have can be mixed and matched for different styles and occasions. Ideally, a selection of 20 or 30 key pieces that express the essence of your style and personality are optimally adjusted to your lifestyle and allow you to quickly pull together an outfit for every occasion.

To help you out, we’ve put together an idea of what the ‘smart-casual and formal’ side of your minimalist wardrobe might look like:


1. Tuxedo

Photo: Dobell.


The black tuxedo is classic and smart with a gorgeous shawl lapel – the only outfit you’ll need to wear when those black tie invitations fall through your door. A velvet tuxedo or other patterns and colours jacket are great, but too eye-catching if you need to repeat it in another black tie event or special celebration again.


2. Suits

Photo: Dobell.


We’ve chosen just three men’s suits to take you through the working week, in black, grey, and on-trend petrol blue. These are the basic officewear colours any man should has in their wardrobe.


3. Shirts & Polos

Photo: Dobell.


Five men’s shirts and a couple of polo shirts should be enough to start with – make sure one of them is a white dress shirt for formal occasions and other is a linen shirt.


4. Blazer


Photo: Dobell.


A blazer is one of the most versatile garments a man can own, as it can transform your jeans and T-shirt combo into an urban cool style in a matter of seconds. Three blazers are imprescindible in any man’s wardrobe: one in navy, other in camel, and a tweed blazer.


5. Waistcoat

Photo: Dobell.


Even if you don’t know how to wear a waistcoat, this garment is extremely versatile in any men’s wardrobe. Have one tweed waistcoat for colder days and a linen waistcoat for dressing smart even during heatwaves.


6. Trousers

Last but not least, some smart-casual men’s trousers. Two pairs of jeans in different shades of blue, plus two pairs of versatile chinos – one in khaki, one in blue.

So there we have it! A minimalist wardrobe for your new minimalist life. Now you’ll have the money to spend on great experiences, the time to do it all in, and the lovely feeling of waking up in the morning knowing you don’t have to stage a complex excavation project to find a work outfit.


What are your ideas for a minimalistic wardrobe?