16 May 2016

Minimizing Your Teacher Wardrobe - #100DayProject - Day 045

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am anything but minimal, but I am really starting to like some of the things I am reading and learning about the minimalist lifestyle. I have really been interested in trying to cut back on my "things" and live more simply. One area, in particular, is that of clothing. I don't have a large wardrobe, but I think that some mornings I struggle to get ready only because I can't seem to decide what to wear. It almost makes me want to throw all my clothes out, or more likely donate them to the local thrift shop, and buy multiple versions of the same outfit and do like Steve Jobs and wear the same thing every day. While I don't think I could get away with wearing a turtleneck, jeans, and running shoes at school, I'd almost like to try.

I have come to really enjoy reading the website Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker and loved a post I recently found called 8 Reasons Successful People are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day. One of the first reasons to choose to wear the same thing is to make fewer decisions to help yourself avoid Decision Fatigue. Now, I'm not sure how you feel about all the decisions you make in a day, but I can for sure relate to this one on some levels because I often make better decisions earlier in the day and they start getting worse as the day goes. Becker mentions this is one of the reasons we only ever see President Obama in blue and gray suits as it's one less decision for him to get stuck on. A very interesting idea.

While Becker mentions seven other reasons to consider revamping your wardrobe, the other item that stood out the most is that of Less Wasted Time. I am the type of person who LOVES to sleep, but only in the morning. I am such a night owl and I love to stay up into the early hours of the morning working (that's when I usually feel the most creative and desirous to work on things) and then I love to sleep far too long in the morning. Not the best schedule for a teacher, but I'm actually working on changing it becoming an early-riser, but still, I love to sleep-in in the morning and that means I'm often rushing out the door. Saving even minutes in my morning routine would be amazing. By limiting my wardrobe to the same basic thing would greatly simplify that and help me out. So again, this idea is kind of sounding perfect.

So, while I don't think I'll try the Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg type of casual approach, I may go a little less than President Obama and Albert Einstein and just wear the same basic shirt and tie combo most days of the week. I may not win any fashion awards, but let's be honest, I'm not winning any now. But I haven't yet committed to changing my life over to the minimalist ways, I may actually try out the clothing and see how it goes. Who knows, I may even love it so much, I may become the Minimalist Teacher. Is that even a thing? I guess so since I just found MinimalistTeacher.com, maybe I better reconsider that name change.

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