It is said that clothes make the man. One hears less often: clothing makes you richer and more productive. But those who live and shop in a minimalist way benefit from both effects.

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More productive thanks to minimalism

In any case, the increase in productivity depends heavily on the Choice the right piece of clothing. Ever since I've been traveling a lot for work, I've realized how important it is to choose the right clothes. Not so much because of the appearance - although this is of course an important aspect - but rather for practical reasons.

As I'm here one day and there the next when I travel, I don't have any Lustto lug around a giant suitcase with me. Of course I still want to be dressed appropriately. For example, on press trips, it's not unusual to go hiking in the afternoon and eat in a 5-star restaurant in the evening. The right clothing is required for every situation.

Simplify - let's do it like men

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men have that Problem rather less, as I found out: a suit for the evening and trousers and a shirt/T-shirt for the day are enough for them. But wait, who said it for Women always has to be so complicated? For women, too, a black dress, for example - combined differently depending on the occasion - and jeans for the daytime are sufficient.

Both utensils have become my favorite items of clothing: the black dress because it offers endless combinations. The jeans because they don't wrinkle and also look dirty (yes, this can happen on the way!).

Focusing while shopping saves money and space!

Cait Flanders has this aspect with her book title “Have less, more life”, published in 2019 by MVG, very nicely put into words. And tells how to do it, to buy less or nothing at all:

In Regulate for the shopping ban seemed very simple: In the coming year I was not allowed to buy any new clothes, shoes, accessories, books, magazines, electronic devices or anything for the apartment. Consumer goods, groceries, toiletries and petrol for cars were allowed. I was allowed to buy anything that was on my "approved shopping list." These were a few things that I could foresee that I would need in the near future. I was also allowed to replace items that were broken or worn out if absolutely necessary, but only if I discarded the original part. On certain occasions I was still allowed to go out to eat. However, I was no longer allowed to buy coffee to go. It was my biggest addiction and something I no longer wanted to spend $100 or more on every month. When I decided that I couldn't buy anything new anymore, I also decided to get rid of everything old that I no longer needed. A look around every corner of my apartment showed me that I had more than I needed and didn't appreciate any of it. I wanted to use what I already had. I wanted to feel like everything had a purpose and everything I was in Future through the front door should also have a purpose. If that wasn't the case, I could also get rid of it.

The same dress for a year?

The millionaire Meike Winnemuth also dared the experiment of wearing the same dress (in three identical versions) for a year, each time in a different version Combination, and documented this year. As you can see, women's fashion doesn't have to be as complicated as we always think. "Simplify your wardrobe" is the motto!

My Solution, to avoid unnecessary luggage is therefore: buy practical clothing. Without extra mistakes. And easy to combine. A positive side effect is a cleared out wardrobe. Hours of thinking “What am I going to wear today?” omitted. One touch and you have something suitable. Choosing the right clothes actually makes you more productive in this way. Try it.

Living minimalist requires exactly the right things

The only problem with the whole story: It is not that easy to find the right clothes. If there is something suitable, I also like to buy in stock. Most of the shops, however, are full of shrill junk and wildly patterned trousers, which you will never wear in the end because they cannot be combined, and which will end up in the old clothing collection as an expensive mistake.

For example, find simple black dresses. Or the matching simple, black and comfortable(!) shoes. I recently almost drove a shoe seller to despair with this actually simple wish. The only thing that helps is to sharpen your view and get involved in the selection exactly to focus: What I want? what suits me What fits to what? Actually just like in other areas of life. The right Objective saves cash Money and in this case also space.

Create fixed rules

It can therefore be helpful to make a list of them draw up, as Cait Flanders also suggests in her book. She has given herself fixed rules for a one-year shopping ban and put them in writing. But of course this also applies to all other rules.

What I can buy:

Food and kitchen supplies • Cosmetics and hygiene articles (only when they are used up) • Cleaning agents • Gifts for others • Items from the approved shopping list

What I can't buy:

Coffee to go • clothes, shoes, accessories • books, magazines, notebooks • things for the home (candles, decorative items, furniture, etc.) • electronic devices

Approved shopping list:

A dress for different weddings (a dress and a pair of shoes) • sweatshirt (I only had one and it already had many holes) • sweatpants (I only had one) • boots (I didn't have any suitable for autumn / winter) • Bed (mine was already 13 years old and urgently needed to be replaced) • I can buy everything that needs to be replaced; the original product must be thrown away or given away.

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