I want to simplify. It’s a passion and I can’t resist it.

In the past I didn’t appreciate this passion. I’ve now begun to value it instead of thinking I need to be more like others…key word there “more.”

A big step forward with how I’m feeling happened earlier this week when I was referred to Leo Babauta’s blog, Zen Habits.

One post listed the things every man should own. Among them was one set of clothes and an optional additional set to change into.

This challenged me and I agreed with it. I went to my closet (that I had already decluttered the day before) and removed another huge garbage bag’s worth of clothing. While doing this I was thinking bout what a “set” of clothes actually was. A set of clothes is different for everyone (West Coast surfer vs. Eskimo), but I decided that a set for me meant:

  • A pair of shoes
  • A pair of dress socks
  • A pair of outside work socks
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Suit pants
  • T-shirt
  • Dress shirt
  • Suit Jacket
  • Belt

Additionally, I kept:

  • My pair of flip-flops
  • Outside work shorts, work jeans, and two work shirts
  • Extra underwear (I live in Florida…you understand)
  • Winter clothes: Heavy jacket, heavy hoodie, light hoodie, long-sleeve shirt

Leo Babauta talks about how he washes his clothes in the shower at the end of every day. This makes the “two sets” idea work. It’s so simple and beautiful. My wife, who does the laundry, thinks so too. 🙂