McDonalds recently announced that they are simplifying their menu options. From their press release, “Our intent is to have a cleaner menu board that is easier for customers to absorb.”
If you’ve been following this blog, or any other minimalist blog, that concept should sound very familiar to you. Replace a few words in that sentence and you could have, “Our intent is to have a cleaner closet that is easier for us to use.”
The problem that McDonalds faced is that of information overload. There were too many menu items and people have a harder time making decisions when confronted with too many options. Think about it, if you have 2 items, it’s easy to choose. If you have 50 items, it’s much harder.
They go on to describe how they are simplifying the current menu, “one Quarter Pounder with Cheese burger vs. four; one Premium Chicken sandwich vs. three; one Snack Wrap vs. three.” You could apply something similar to your closet: one style of khakis vs. four; one brand of polo shirt vs. three; one color for all your socks vs. many colors.
Simplifying makes decision making easier.
In my closet I have four khaki pants that I wear to work. All exactly the same; same color, same brand, same style, same size. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t have to choose which pants to wear, there is only one choice. That one simplification makes my mornings a tad bit easier.
Same for socks, I have four pairs of brown work socks that are all the same. Same for undies, all my undies are the same brand and style. Shirts I have a few different brands and styles, but just because I haven’t settled on a brand and style that I love. Once I do, those will be simplified as well.
This simplification of my closet accomplishes the same things as the simplified menu at McDonalds. It makes decision making easier. For McDonalds, that will potentially create more revenue and decrease wait times in line. In your closet, it will speed your morning routine, reduce stress, and give you more time.
This same concept can apply to more then the McDonalds menu or your closet. You can apply simplification throughout your home and personal life.
- You can simplify your kitchen by removing the unused or rarely used dishes and utensils.
- Simplify your bathroom by removing unused soaps and shampoos.
- Simplify your personal time by saying no to social engagements that you don’t enjoy.
- Simplify your kids’ time by cutting back on after school activities.
Each area you simplify gives you back a tiny amount of time and reduces your stress by a tiny amount. As you simplify more of your life, those tiny amounts multiply resulting in much more time and much less stress.