Clothes Cycling

A common complaint us guys get from our ladies is that we wear the same thing over & over again, even though they have exerted great efforts (via Christmas, birthdays) to ensure that we have a full wardrobe that should – theoretically – provide for lots of variety.

It’s easy to understand why we do this – we have favorites that are either comfortable, functional, or confidence-enhancing.

But using this criteria for picking clothes from our closet doesn’t…
(1) …offer much variety
(2) …enable new, scratchy clothes to become old, soft favorites
(3) …force us to get rid of what we hate.

I have found a solution for this and I call it “clothes cycling”. Clothes cycling is, quite simply, taking from the top and replacing from the bottom.

For simplicity, imagine that you have one tall stack of all your shirts and a second tall stack of all your pants.

Every morning when you go to get dressed you pick the pair of pants and shirt from the top of each stack.

Every time you have a pile of washed, clean clothes, you replace them into the bottom of each stack.

Instead of stacks of clothes, most of us have drawers and closets. But obviously the point is to structure things so that you can follow a similar rule of “first in, first out” (FIFO).

Anytime you do have stacks, it’s going to be a pain to lift the stack once you do laundry to “replace on the bottom”. Therefore the easiest way I’ve found to implement such a system is to put all shirts and pants on hangers in your closet.

So then the rules become…

Every morning when you go to get dressed you pick the left-most pair of pants and shirt from the closet.

Every time you have a pile of washed, clean clothes, you replace them on hangars on the right-most corner of the closet.

You get the idea…

Obviously, following such a system perfectly will ensure that the clothes you wear on any particular day are guaranteed to be the ones you have gone the longest without wearing – but there’s no need to be a clothes-cycling nazi.

After all, you need to make sure that you shirt and pants match. Allow yourself to pick a combination of shirt and pants from, say, the left-most 5 shirts and left-most 5 pants.

Voila , clothes-cycling not only makes your wardrobe selection look fresh & spontaneous for the ladies, those scratchy new clothes will get washed enough to become soft and turn into comfortable favorites. 😉


Some final tips:
• If you have so much couture that it’s not possible to hang everything up, keep only the current season’s clothes in the closet at a time.

• To makes this a little more sophisticated, group together similar types of clothes (dress shirts, casual shirts, etc.) into separate sections. But still take from the left (of the section) & replace on the right.

• If something has cycled through but you continually skip over it each day because you don’t like it, take that as a sign to throw it out.

• If something has cycled through but you continually skip over it each day because it no longer fits (but someday it might), just move it to the opposite side of the closet as if you actually did wear & wash it.

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